A 65-year-old couple with median prescription drug expenses will need $227,000 to have a 75 percent chance of covering their Medicare premiums and other out-of pocket medical costs after retirement in 2012, according to a recent Employee Benefit Research Institute report. Retired couples who want a 90 percent chance of being able to pay for their out-of-pocket medical costs will need to have $283,000 upon retirement in 2012, down from $287,000 in 2011. Retirees who are willing to live with a 50 percent chance of covering their health care costs would need $163,000.
A couple retiring in 2012 with prescription drug expenses in the 90th percentile is estimated to need $317,000 to cover out-of-pocket medical costs. But retirees who use a lot of prescription drugs also get more benefits from the Affordable Care Act. A 2012 Fidelity Investments study came up with a similarly large estimate of retiree health costs. Fidelity Investments calculated that a 65-year-old couple retiring would need $240,000 to pay for medical costs throughout retirement. (USNews)
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