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Health Care Costs Calculator Helps With Retirement Planning

Only One Third of Americans Close to Retirement Have Saved for Major Expense

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 5:32 pm | Updated: 11:20 am, Wed Dec 4, 2013.

In November, the AARP launched a free online Health Care Costs Calculator, a major addition to their Ready for Retirement suite of planning tools.

In a survey accompanying the release of the calculator, AARP found that just one third (36 percent) of older Americans have taken any steps to save for out-of-pocket health care expenses, though multiple studies show that such costs often reach significantly more than $200,000 for a retired couple.

The new tool is available to all at www.aarp.org/healthcostscalc.

“The free Health Care Costs Calculator can play an important and often overlooked role as families and individuals plan for retirement,” said Jean Setzfand, AARP vice president for financial security. “Health care costs can have a significant impact on retirement savings. With this calculator, AARP aims to help more Americans confidently plan for and achieve retirement goals.”

The Health Care Costs Calculator estimates health costs in retirement by utilizing a database that includes $136 billion in costs from actual health care claims. Individuals can select from 82 medical conditions to estimate how much they may need to spend on out-of-pocket health care costs.

The calculator also assumes that individuals will be eligible for and select Medicare Parts A, B and D.

After estimating costs with the calculator, users can create a customizable action plan to help save for health care in retirement and make impactful changes in their lives that include planning, saving, and making healthy changes. For example, if a person has “get to a healthier weight” as a goal, the tool will offer possible next steps for pursuing that goal.

The Health Care Costs Calculator requires no registration and collects no personal data on any user. To learn more about the tool visit http://www.aarp.org/healthcostscalc.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as health care, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse.

The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.

Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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