The Finance of Longevity

Retirement and the Health Factor

Voya Financial releases findings on Americans’ understanding of health care costs in retirement

NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today released an educational white paper and findings from a recent survey examining Americans’ understanding of health care costs in retirement.

The paper – entitled “Playing the Long Game: Understanding How Health Care Costs Can Impact Your Retirement Readiness” – provides data, resources and information to help consumers estimate these costs and factor them into their retirement planning strategy.

Findings from Voya’s research indicate that only 14 percent of those surveyed calculated the cost of healthcare in retirement, underscoring the need for education around this topic.1

 

TheBig Unknown

“There is much uncertainty among consumers about the future of retirement and rising health care costs. Americans need to understand the impact that healthcare costs can have on their overall financial security – both today and in retirement – and they need to be aware of the savings tools available to them to calculate their needs,” said James Nichols, senior vice president of Voya’s Customer Solutions Group.

Previous Voya research shows that when it comes to retirement, 41 percent of Americans rank health care as the expense they are most worried about.2 While it’s clear that Americans are concerned about these costs,

Voya’s new research found that an overwhelming 81 percent have not estimated how much they will pay for health care while in retirement. When asked to calculate these costs, 66 percent estimated the costs would be $100,000 or less. This calculation falls far below 2017 estimates from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) which state that a 65-year-old man would need $127,000 in savings, and a 65-year-old woman would need $143,000 to give each of them a 90 percent chance of having enough savings to cover health care expenses in retirement.

Voya’s paper examines the challenges of funding health care expenses, and helps educate Americans on how they can anticipate and prepare for medical costs before and during their retirement years. Online resources like Voya’s myOrangeMoney® retirement calculator can help people understand how their current retirement savings may translate into potential monthly income. An advanced version of myOrangeMoney available to Voya’s retirement plan customers helps factor health care expenses into their future budget.

“There are many free online tools that can help, in addition to meeting with a financial advisor to discuss savings vehicles and strategies,” added Nichols. “For those who are behind on their retirement saving, it’s not too late to revisit your retirement plan and get on track to retire with confidence and security.”

Americans need to understand the impact that healthcare costs can have on their overall financial security

Excerpts from the ‘Playing The Long Game’ report

  • Welcome to your new job
    Imagine you arrive at work tomorrow and notice all your belongings are missing from your office. You walk down the hall and find another office with your name on the door. All your stuff is in there — pictures of your family on the desk, your favorite mug on the shelf.
    You notice a stack of new business cards, so you pick one up, and your jaw drops. You’ve been promoted to chief financial officer (CFO). That is what happens to most Americans on the day they retire. For years, they’ve managed a monthly budget with a regular stream of income. Aside from the occasional bump in the road, many have been able to cover expenses and maintain their lifestyle provided they lived within their means.
    Then, suddenly, they’re faced with the responsibility of turning a six-figure (if they’re lucky) lump sum of cash into a decidedly smaller income stream to cover expenses in retirement — a period of time that could last 20 to 30 years, or even longer. And, as their pool of retirement savings shrinks, their medical expenses will continue to rise.
  • Understand spending patterns in retirement
    Financial professionals often cite the “retirement smile” to help people visualize retirees’ spending. There are typically three financial phases of retirement. Spending generally starts off higher, dips in the middle and rises later in life. During the first phase of retirement, most people remain active and healthy. Their cost of living may increase slightly because they have more free time for entertainment, travel and other well-earned activities.
    Meanwhile, their health and medical expenses remain fairly consistent with their pre-retirement lives. The more detail-oriented retirement CFO will notice a slight bump in health care costs.  In the middle phase of retirement, many retirees may prefer to eat in, stay local and enjoy the comforts of home. Therefore, discretionary spending decreases. Creeping aches and pains — along with the potential onset of more serious health issues — may arise, which could lead to increased medical care and costs.
  • Rethink retirement for the long run
    Increased life expectancy is allowing Americans to age in comfort, living out their definition of retirement for longer than ever before. One in four 65-year-old Americans will surpass age 90, and one in 10 will live to be 95.8 If these individuals were to retire today, it would mean 25 percent of Americans will likely have a retirement lasting 25 years or more.
    The longevity is magnified for women, who tend to live longer than men and have a lower rate of savings. To envision what your retirement might look like from a health perspective, study your biological parents and other relatives. An examination of your older family members could help you paint a fairly accurate portrait of what you can expect when you reach retirement age. Then ask yourself this question: What can I do to put myself in a strong financial position in retirement?

 

Read the entire repot here.

 

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Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $505 billion in total assets under management and administration as of March 31, 2017. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies®by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
1″Voya Financial Survey based on findings from a Telephone CARAVAN® survey,” ORC International, 2017
2Voya Retire Ready Index,” Voya Financial (2015), http://corporate.voya.com/newsroom/news-releases/voya-financial-study-reveals-how-americansscore-their-retirement-readiness