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Of the HSA Bubble, the Validity of 4% and the Uncertain Future of LTCI: What We’re Reading

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Every day the editors and reporters of LifeHealthPro share stories from around the web that they’re reading. You can keep up with what we’re reading on our Editor Picks page or by subscribing to our daily newsletter, where our daily picks are also featured.

Below is a list of our favorite stories from the past week. We hope you enjoy them. If you have any stories you’d like to share, please list them in the comments section below, and we’ll share your picks with other readers through LifeHealthPro’s Twitter page.

How America Saves: Infographic (ASPPA)

A new infographic reveals the numbers behind 401(k) plans — and some of them are surprising. Read more

Testing the 4%-a-Year Retirement Rule (Wall Street Journal)

The creator of the 4% rule for retirement withdrawals says the next five years could determine whether his rule will remain valid. Read more

The Dangers of an Underfunded HSA (BenefitsPro)

To get an idea of what’s in store for an employee unprepared for a high-deductible health plan, one need look no further than the mortgage meltdown a few years ago. Read more

Hold the Applause: Fund Managers Look a Lot Smarter This Year, but… (Wall Street Journal)

Stock-fund managers are off to a great start this year, but it’s not necessarily because of anything they’re doing. Read more

The New Louisiana Purchase: Obamacare’s $4.3 Billion Boondoggle (The Atlantic)

A provision in the health care bill meant to send $200 million in Medicaid supplements turns into a $4.3 billion error in Louisiana’s favor. Read more


Where Are the New Advisors? (AdvisorOne)

Financial advisors are leaving the industry faster than they can be replaced, which has forced firms to get a little creative in how they go about replenishing the stock. Read more

The United States of Inequality (Slate)

If income inequality is such a bad thing, then why isn’t anyone doing anything about it? Well, no one really knows what causes it. Read more

The Hardest Job to Fill (and Keep) in Washington: CMS Chief (Kaiser Health News)

Administrator turnover at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could further disrupt the transition to Obama’s health law. Read more

Long-Term Care: What Now? (Wall Street Journal)

Prudential Financial announced plans to halt long term care policies as of March 30. Policyholders who bought policies between 2004 and 2008 could see a premium increase of 20%, pending approval. Read more

The Wisdom of the Ailing (Slate)

A theory on why people are denied health coverage despite their willingness to pay. Read more

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#4           HHS Unveils New Healthcare Exchange Rules

#3           Prudential Drops Individual LTCI

#2           Obama Envisions Key Role for Agents, Brokers in Exchanges

#1           The Exchange Regulations Are Here


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