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Use our Quick Guide to Social Security & Medicare to enhance the retirement income conversation with your clients.

  • Medicare – Know the Basics
  • Where to Start?

Medicare is likely to come up in conversation. In fact, retirees' most commonly selected retirement threat is reduced Medicare benefits.1

It's important to discuss Medicare as part of retirement planning, but it is an individual decision and contains lots of details. We suggest you:

  1. Offer basic knowledge.
  2. Direct clients to other resources.

These are the basic and most important topics:

  • When and how to enroll.
  • Is the individual or spouse still working?
  • Understanding the basic differences between Parts A, B, C, and D.
  • Why an individual would consider Medigap.

We have a 1-2-3 get started process, or resources are available below to get more in‑depth information and help your clients get the answers they need:

  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE
  • Visit
  • Visit
  • Call your state's Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

1 Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM Fourth Quarter 2013.

Medicare is complicated, so getting started may seem overwhelming. Use our tools and these three steps to kick-start the process.

Step 1 Enhance your Medicare knowledge

Access our Financial Professional Guide MM6048 (login required) for quick-hit stats highlighting the significance of Medicare in retirement planning—and a simple guide to key information and resources.

Step 2 Engage clients with easy-to-use tools

Our Quick Guide to Social Security & Medicare (MM6094) offers a big-picture view of the importance of informed decisions and can help kick-off retirement planning.

Offer clients a simplified planning process with our Investor Guide (MM6047) to help them:

  1. Understand Medicare.
  2. Consider options and costs.
  3. Create a plan.

Step 3 Build Your Knowledge


Visit our Medicare Blog at for the latest information and tips on Medicare-related topics.

Summary of tools

Principal Funds has a vast library of materials to help you conduct a client event. Call 800.787.1621 to get started.



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