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2: Size Up Your Situation

Need No. 1: Medical Expenses

Even if you exercise obsessively and eat a perfect diet, accidents and illnesses happen. The only thing you can do is try your best to be financially prepared. Look at these results from recent studies:


Infographic regarding medical expenses

Source: Centers for Disease Control, Federal Reserve, Harvard Medical and Law Schools

How Would You Start Over?

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Would you be able to handle the expenses if a medical catastrophe struck your family? Michael Lindman experienced just such an event. Despite saving for his future, Michael lost his job and then required emergency surgery. As the bills piled up, he depleted his savings.

You can read more about how Michael restructured his life at America Saves.

How Do You Fare?

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Do you think you have adequate health insurance coverage?

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You are adequately insured if your health insurance covers at least 60 percent of the cost of medical expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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