Health Plans Are Pricier
Americans may get a sick feeling when they see how much health-insurance premiums will increase in a few weeks. While prices have barely risen in recent years, the average cost of health plans will go up 7% in 1999, thanks to money-losing managed-care companies and high drug prices. Some premiums may rise 20%, and the self-employed face jumps of up to 40%. One possible remedy: before the current open-enrollment season ends, earmark part of each paycheck for a tax-free medical savings account.
Your Own Social Security
Politicians in Washington last week discussed how to save Social Security,...