TITLE

Restructuring Employee Benefits to Meet Health Care Needs in Retirement

AUTHOR(S)
Ward, Richard M.; Weinman, Robert B.
PUB. DATE
October 2015
SOURCE
Benefits Quarterly;2015 4thQuarter, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Health care expenses in retirement are the proverbial elephant in the room. Most employees don't know how big the elephant is. As Medicare solvency and retiree health care issues receive increasing attention, it is time to rethink overall benefit approaches and assess what is appropriate and affordable for an organization to help achieve workforce renewal goals and solve delayed retirement challenges. Just as Medicare was never designed to cover all of the post-65 retiree health care costs, neither is a workplace retirement plan designed to cover 100% of preretiree income. Now employers can consider strategies that may better equip retirees to meet both income needs and health care expenses in the most tax-efficient way. By combining defined contribution retirement and health care plans, employers have the power to increase benefits for employees while maintaining total benefits cost. INSET: TIAA-CREF Case Study.
ACCESSION #
110683845

 

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