A new study finds health care costs for retired Americansaverage $260,000, including nursing home expenses, and can reachmore than $500,000.

The study from the Center for Retirement Research at BostonCollege, underwritten by Prudential Financial, shows health care costs for aretired couple average $197,000. This figure is for uninsured costslike premiums for Medicare and private insurance, out-of-pocketpayments, and home health costs.

When nursing home costs are factored in, expenses jump to anaverage $260,000, with a 5 percent risk of exceeding $570,000.

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