EBRI Update: Savings Needed for Health Care in Retirement

The December 2010 EBRI Issue Brief updates original EBRI research on the savings needed for Medicare-eligible persons to pay for health care expenses in retirement.

Even though the new health reform law will reduce some health costs in retirement for many people, retirees will still need a significant amount of savings to cover their out-of-pocket health expenses when they retire, according to the new EBRI analysis. Women, in particular, will need more savings than men because they tend to live longer.

For instance, EBRI finds that men retiring in this year (2010) at age 65 will need anywhere from $65,000–$109,000 in savings to cover health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses in retirement if they want a 50–50 chance of being able to have enough money; to improve the odds to 90 percent, they’ll need between $124,000–$211,000.

Women retiring this year at 65 will need even more: between $88,000–$146,000 in savings if they are comfortable with a 50 percent chance of having enough money, and $143,000–$242,000 if they want a 90 percent chance.

These estimates are for Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older: Anyone retiring early, before age 65, would need even more.

The press release is online here.  The full report is online here.

Some media coverage of the report:

* Today Show/MSNBC
* U.S. News
* Reuters
* The Hill
* Los Angeles Times
* Plan Sponsor

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