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Will This Health Expense Bust Your Retirement Budget? It’s unavoidable — and potentially very costly.

Source: Maurie Backman/ The Motley Fool It’s no secret that medical care is a huge burden for retirees on a fixed income. And while many seniors fear that a single hospital stay could be enough to drive them into bankruptcy, there’s another expense that could end up putting their retirement at risk: dental care. Though dental care is a clear necessity for working Americans and seniors alike, older folks need to be even more vigilant

Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

Source: Julie Appleby/NPR States. They’re just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums. Now some states — including Montana, North Carolina and Oregon –are moving to control costs of state employee health plans. Their strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing. “Government workers will get it first, then everyone