Philip's Recent Stories
Making Sen$e Dec 13Everything you want to know about Medicare’s rules on health savings accounts
The rise of high-deductible employer health plans has created one of the most unpleasant surprises for older employees: anyone on Medicare is no longer allowed to make tax-free contributions to a health savings account (HSA).
Making Sen$e Dec 06Help! A doctor is ruining my credit with Medicare overbilling
More and more people write in to say they’re being dropped from state Medicaid rolls or say their problems are being ignored by Medicare and Social Security. And journalist Phil Moeller thinks things are poised to get much worse.
Making Sen$e Nov 29I can’t afford Medicare Part B. How do I prepare for tomorrow’s health problems?
While you have dodged a health care bullet so far, the odds are you will need substantial health care in your later years.
Making Sen$e Nov 20Medicare announced its premiums for 2018. Here’s what you need to know.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that the 2018 premium for Part B of Medicare will remain at $134 a month. But even with no change, millions of Social Security recipients will pay sharply higher Part B premiums…
Making Sen$e Nov 15How does a married couple make the most of Medicare and an employer health plan?
A couple finds that insuring the husband through the wife's employer plan is too expensive and doesn't cover much. Could a Medicare option save them money?…
Making Sen$e Nov 08Does it matter where you buy a Medigap plan?
A grandfather who is planning a move to another state wonders if it matters where he buys a Medigap plan.
Economy Nov 01I care for my aging mother 24/7. Can I get help?
Medicare does not cover the kind of in-home custodial care this reader needs. Does she have any options?…
Making Sen$e Oct 26It can pay to pick a new Medicare Part D drug plan. Here’s how to start shopping.
Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are, for those without serious health and hospitalization needs, the most important feature of their Medicare coverage. And even if you like your current plan, you still should spend some time during open enrollment…
Economy Oct 18Why this Social Security boost is no boon for lower earners
Millions of people receiving Social Security and Medicare will suffer next year from financial indigestion. Here's why.
Economy Oct 114 tips for making the most of Medicare’s open enrollment
Medicare’s annual open enrollment season begins Oct. 15 and extends through Dec. 7. Here are a few preparatory pointers to help enrollees take full advantage of the opportunity.