Health Insurance

When to start taking Social Security stumps couple

SEATTLE In the last year, John Kimble has pondered early retirement so that he could spend more time with his wife and end a punishing commute to downtown Seattle. The couple soon learned the answer is not so simple. They struggled to make sense of the financial implications of the 61-year-old Kimble's options, including whether he could get affordable health care insurance until he qualifies for Medicare at 65. "It just seemed like a total tangle, and you couldn't figure out how to make sense of it," said Valerie Willson, sitting with her husband on the deck of their home. Then a volunteer financial planner examined the couple's finances and explained...