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I am currently employed by the federal govt after 20 years in the private sector.

I am trying to make some long range decisions, since like you all here, I would like to experience another life that operates more in accordance with my own terms.

I like my job, but time marches on and we march with it. Sorry to get off on a philosophical tangent.

I am considering a second career in the healing arts (therapy, body work) at some point and that will mean a big downturn in income and some expenses related to re-training.

I can do some of the re-training while still in my current job.

Long story short - if I wait 8 more years to retire from the feds, I will be eligible to continue healthcare in retirement, at the same price, with the same benefits I received as a full time employee.

I have a good sized nest egg for someone in my position - but understand the entire egg could be wiped out by any serious illness - hence my concern over keeping a good healthcare plan in place. I think our current plan has a $4M cap.


Thanks, RS
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