Medical bill and stethoscope Thepercentage of household budgets spent on health expenses is nearlythree times as high for retirees on Medicare as it is for workinghouseholds.

High health care costs during working years and in retirement can easily derail a financialplan. Employees need a long-term strategy. Fortunately, more andmore employers are bolstering their benefits programs to help theiremployees build a stable financial future.

Increasingly, employers are offering products such as voluntaryinsurance benefits and health savings accounts (HSAs) thatemployees can combine to create comprehensive plans that meet theirunique needs and goals. With the right plan in place, employees arebetter able to save consistently, cover unexpected expenses,protect and grow their savings and prepare for health care costslater in life.

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