July 2020 – Participant Corner Good Health is the Best Wealth

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This month’s employee memo encourages employees to make small lifestyle changes to reduce their out-of-pocket health costs. The memo shows the difference in savings between an average-managed patient and a well-managed patient. Download the memo from your Fiduciary Briefcase at fiduciarybriefcase.com. Please see an excerpt below.  

Believe it or not, staying healthy just might make you wealthy. With small lifestyle changes and healthy choices, you may reduce your annual healthcare costs and increase your income. These lifestyle changes can be as simple as limiting your salt intake or taking your prescribed medication regularly.  

For example: 

For purpose of the case study, Alisha and Jasmine are compared in two levels of care: average managed (loosely follows physician recommendations) and well managed (fully complies with physician recommendations).  

Alisha and Jasmine are both 45 years old and both sought medical treatment for high blood pressure. Alisha doesn’t follow the lifestyle changes her doctor suggested, whereas Jasmine diligently follows her doctor’s recommendations. With Jasmine’s small changes she saves more than $1,000 in out-of-pocket healthcare costs. Additionally, Jasmine’s combined pre-retirement and in-retirement savings will be $89,456 more than Alisha, as shown in the table below.  

Annual Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs: 

  Alisha  Jasmine  Jasmine’s Savings in Health Expenditures 
Age 45  $2,477  $1,286  $1,192 
Age 64  $13,936  $7,343  $6,592 
Total Pre-Retirement  $138,288  $72,591  $65,697 
Total In Retirement  $51,790  $28,031  $23,759 
Grand Total  $190,078  $100,622  $89,456 
For illustrative purposes only. 

The hypothetical case study results are for illustrative purposes only and should not be deemed a representation of past or future results. This example does not represent any specific product, nor does it reflect sales charges or other expenses that may be required for some investments. No representation is made as to the accurateness of the analysis. 

The material presented was created by an outside vendor (or third party). 

For more tips on preparing for healthcare costs, contact your plan’s financial professionalEpiqwest Culver Wealth Advisors, LLC at (303) 442-3670 or [email protected]. 

To remove yourself from this list, or to add a colleague, please email us at [email protected] or call (303) 442-3670. 

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