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Kim Lankford answers your questions about managing money -- specifically, insurance and taxes -- twice a week.

September 18, 2018

How Preexisting Conditions Can Affect Medigap Insurance

In many cases, insurers can take preexisting conditions into account when deciding whether to sell you a medigap policy and what to charge you.

See More On: Medicare

September 14, 2018

Key Documents You Need to Take With You in an Emergency

As you prepare for Florence or the next big hurricane, make sure you gather financial documents that you'll need if you must evacuate or your home is damaged.

See More On: Family Finances | Home Insurance | Home Remodeling & Maintenance

September 11, 2018

How to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

As the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states brace for a severe hurricane, residents in its path still have time to protect their homes and finances.

See More On: Home Insurance | Auto Insurance | Home Remodeling & Maintenance

September 7, 2018

How a Grandparent's Help With College Tuition Affects Financial Aid

Before cutting a check for a grandchild's college tuition, make sure you review the impact it can have on the student's financial aid.

See More On: 529 Plans

September 5, 2018

Two Key Estate-Planning Documents You Need

Don't confuse a health care proxy with a living will. Each serves a different purpose, but you'll need both to make sure your medical wishes are honored.

See More On: Estate Planning | Family Finances | Financial Planning

August 28, 2018

Health Savings Account Limits for 2019

Make sure your health insurance policy meets deductible limits and other requirements if you want to save money in a tax-advantaged health savings account next year.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

August 27, 2018

How to Find the Best Medicare Advantage Plan for You for 2019

If you opt for a Medicare Advantage plan instead of traditional Medicare, this online tool can help you find the plan to fit your needs -- and budget.

See More On: Medicare

August 24, 2018

How to Find the Best Medicare Drug Plan for You for 2019

Use these search tips to navigate the Medicare Plan Finder tool.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

August 30, 2018

Tax Strategies for Charitable Giving

Donors may need to bunch their donations into a single year to itemize deductions.

See More On: Tax Planning | Tax Breaks

August 30, 2018

How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition

Learn what you can pay for and what will get taxed.

See More On: Paying for College | 529 Plans

August 30, 2018

How to Use Funds From Multiple FSAs

Couples can draw from both flexible spending accounts.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance | Employee Benefits

August 30, 2018

Paying IRA Investment Management Fees

New tax law brings big changes. But there are workarounds.

See More On: IRAs | Financial Planning

August 17, 2018

Cost of Employer Health Coverage to Rise 5% in 2019

It's the sixth year in a row that costs have jumped at least that much.

See More On: Health Care & Insurance

August 10, 2018

Two Medigap Plans to Be Phased Out

Insurers will no longer be able to sell Plan F and Plan C medigap policies to people who sign up for coverage in 2020 and later, but current enrollees won't have to switch.

See More On: Medicare | Health Care & Insurance | Healthy Living on a Budget

August 3, 2018

Legal Documents for College Students

You lose some of your parental rights once your offspring turn 18, but they can obtain legal documents that will allow you to intercede on their behalf, particularly when they go away to college.

See More On: Family Finances | Paying for College

August 1, 2018

Insurance on Savings and Investments

Know the differences between the agencies that help keep your money safe.

See More On: Family Finances | Banking

August 1, 2018

Tapping a Roth IRA for a House

You can withdraw contributions from a Roth IRA to help purchase your first home.

See More On: Buying & Selling a Home | Roth IRAs

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