Sunday, October 05, 2008

Survey: Older Workers Concerned about Social Security and Medicare Promises

According to Watson Wyatt, many workers 50-64, particularly those without employer-sponsored retirement plans, retiree medical plans or other financial resources, do not expect to receive their full Social Security or Medicare payments after they retire. Specifically, 61% of older workers are not confident of receiving unreduced Medicare benefits, and 52% are not confident of receiving unreduced Social Security benefits.

Based on an analysis of a 2007 Watson Wyatt survey of 5,000 older employees, "Social Security, Medicare and Americans’ Confidence in Their Retirement Future" also suggests that confidence in these government programs is partly associated with how secure workers are in their own financial resources for retirement.
"Retirement income has traditionally been likened to a three-legged stool consisting of government plans, employer plans and personal savings," said Mark Warshawsky, director of retirement research at Watson Wyatt. "With the future of Medicare and Social Security uncertain, it is critical for employers and their employees to adequately prepare for future retirement needs."
Source: Watson Wyatt Press Release (October 2, 2008)

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