Retirement, that one word that when it comes to mind means only one thing – rest from years and years of working. Retirement should have been easy. You retire from work, collect your pensions then live your golden years. And when life during retirement turn sour, and pension can’t sustain your needs, you turn to 401(k)s, Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), and other personal investments.
I hate to tell you this, but that is not the case in today’s retirement setting!. Those mentioned above might not sustain your needs your future. Securing your future now means having a retirement security through insurance. In addition to your hard earned savings, and investments, having different types of insurance can protect you in various unforeseen situations during retirement.
Having the right insurance coverage will help shield you from medical costs, long term care expenses, missed income or even sudden death. Preparing for retirement with different types of insurance will also protect not just yourself but also your loved ones or family from greater heartache and debilitating financial distress.
So what are the types of insurance you need to have in your retirement?
Medicare Supplement Plans
While being legible to have this type of insurance seems a bit far, knowing and preparing for it will help you arrive at the right one.
Medicare supplement plans, also known as Medigap plans, are insurance for Medicare that is provided by private insurance companies. It provides coverage to your healthcare needs that Medicare didn’t cover. It has ten standardized plans to choose from. That means all plans are offered with the same exact benefits no matter what insurance provider you get it from. Though the benefits are the same, insurance companies have a different set of premiums for different plans, which doesn’t mean the more expensive ones offer the best benefits in one same plan. In getting a Medigap plan, keep in mind that the benefits of each type of plans are the same no matter what the price is. Choose carefully.
Why you need this? Healthcare costs are expensive, and it is a grave mistake to underestimate your need for healthcare services during retirement. Having a Medicare when you turn 65 years old, might not be enough to cover all your healthcare expenses. It will cause you to face a staggering amount of out-of-pocket health care costs. Medicare has gaps in its coverage, meaning it will only cover about 50-60% of your medical expenses. The rest, you have to take it out of your pocket if you don’t have a Medicare supplement plan.
Long term care insurance
What happens when a point comes that suddenly you were unable to work but needs continuous care? Today, we need to consider and think about that scenario since we are living longer. Because of longevity, the possibility of needing long term care at any point in our lives, especially during retirement, is getting higher. In addition, just like health care, the cost of long term care services are staggeringly expensive. Your financial capacity to handle this issue can shake your stability and shatter even your assets and other investments. The burden that long term care might cause is unimaginably heavy on top of exhausting health care costs.
Long term care insurance can protect you from that burden. It can protect not just you but also your family and even your assets from the debilitating effects of long term care by providing a comprehensive coverage like home care which includes nurses, caregivers, and others offering assistance with daily tasks.
Are you still young, has no dependents, don’t have any debts, or are independently wealthy? If your answer is mostly no, then Life insurance is right for you.
Life insurance is not all about you; it is all about your loved ones. Life insurance protects those who are dear and depending on you when an unexpected negative event happens to you. It will serve as an income replacement tool so that your loved ones will have something to rely on financially when you left them.
If you are not around to support and provide for your dependents, you will be assured that your life insurance will be there for them through its death benefits.
Evaluate your needs
There are lots of insurance that provides coverage and benefits for you and your family, that is why it is important to evaluate your needs before purchasing a policy. It is also important to re-evaluate your policies periodically and update it according to your present condition and needs.