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February 23, 2018

Much of the East Coast saw record-high temperatures this Tuesday—perhaps not ideal timing for the publication of our story on 10 warm-weather escapes for retirees. This roundup of fun destinations was conceived in a deep freeze, but no matter: The mercury has dipped again, and in many parts of the country it’s still a while until spring comes for good. So why not check out Gulf Shores, Ala., Fort Worth, Texas, or any of the other places on our list, culled specially from MONEY’s Best in Travel database? All of the locations look great to me, but I might have to go with Biloxi, Miss., for the Cajun/Creole-style seafood. Bon voyage!

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Our next question is from Lane Jacobs, 67, of Columbia, Mo., who is considering a reverse mortgage and would like to hear readers’ experiences with them.

Thanks to all who responded to Lee Blumenthal’s question on dental and vision insurance for retirees. Keep in mind that original Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care or vision exams; some Medicare Part C plans offer vision and dental coverage to an extent.

Ruth Wegner, 81, of Boston, reports paying $20,000 out-of-pocket for four implants in 2016. “Save up your money if you have bad teeth!” she cautions.

Meg Grahamme, 62, of Charlotte, N.C., self insures for both vision and dental but notes that her dentist offers an in-house savings plan where she pays up front annually for two cleanings and one set of bite wing x-rays and gets a 10% discount on any other dental work that crops up during the year.

Wendell Davis, 67, of Overland Park, Kan., has a dental policy from Blue Cross/Blue Shield that he says appears to be worth the money. He opted against buying vision insurance on his optometrist’s advice, since that insurance doesn’t cover everything, and the cost of premiums and co-pays would probably be comparable to the out-of-pocket costs incurred while self-insured.

Eva Levine, 70, a certified financial planner in San Jose, Calif., notes that you may have to go through an insurance broker to buy a dental or vision policy, since many carriers don’t offer individual policies direct to the consumer.


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Elizabeth O'Brien is a senior writer at MONEY, covering retirement and health care. You can email her at elizabeth.o'brien@moneymail.com and follow her on Twitter at @elizobrien.

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