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Planning for your health care needs should be part of your retirement planning process. If you are currently employed, you will want to talk to your employer about health plan benefits for retirees.

Once you reach the age of 65, you are eligible for Medicare, the federal health insurance program for older adults. However, if you are retiring before you are eligible for Medicare, you may need temporary or bridge health insurance. A temporary health insurance plan is designed to protect individuals from the financial burden of an unexpected illness or accident. The length of the coverage can last from 30 days to one year.

Temporary health insurance can be purchased through an insurance company that offers health insurance plan options.

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