Academics and industry experts have placed a spotlight on health care costs that US households can expect to incur during retirement. Most Americans understand that annual heath care costs have been growing faster than inflation, and they are also cognizant that they will likely consume more health care services as they age. As a result, pre-retirees and retirees are concerned about how health care costs will impact their retirement, and how they will pay for them. To better understand the financial planning implications of annual health care costs and long-term care expenses, Vanguard has partnered with Mercer Health and Benefits to develop a proprietary model to forecast the range of health care costs for pre-retirees and retirees. This session will address the research and planning considerations for health care and long-term care expenses in retirement.
The participant will gain an understanding of the new model developed by Vanguard and Mercer Health and Benefits forecasting health care costs for US retirees. The model proposes several changes to the way health care costs are typically discussed and modeled when planning for retirement.
In addition, the session will emphasize the considerations impacting the annual health care costs including health status and risk, employer subsidies, Medicare coverage choices, retirement age, geography and income in retirement.
Lastly, long-term care costs represent a unique and distinct planning challenge that should be taken into account separately.