posted Early Retirement Questions
on the France forum on July 30, 2015:
Hi Aga, Thanks for the interesting facts about Lyon. My wife and I enjoyed two weeks staying in an apartment in the old town. We loved Lyon so much we are going back again in September. As you so rightly say Lyon is a truely wonderful place to visit. To all who have not been there, I recommend you do.
very nice and authentic.
replied to the thread Cost of private health insurance
on the France forum on July 26, 2015:
Hello. My husband and I have, just recently, started to explore the possibility of retiring outside of the United States and are currently focusing our attention on Portugal and France. Our monthly income will be limited, but the estimated expenses that have been presented on this and other forums as well as many online articles are very encouraging.
I’m concerned, however, that the cost of private health insurance may kill the dream before it has a chance to come into focus. I read that one couple, over the age of 65, was quoted a cost of $25,000 to $35,000 per year for the two of them.
It is my understanding that Medicare does not cover medical expenses incurred outside of the United States. It is also my understanding that proof of health insurance is a Visa requirement in many, if not all, countries.
I would appreciate any information that you have to offer on this topic.
Sorry, also on Facebook is group called Americans in France - very nice group, always willing to "lend a hand."
I too am planning to retire in France. AARO (Association of Americans Retired Overseas) is an excellent source for referrals - I contacted them some time back re health insurance and they were most helpful; ACA (American Citizens Abroad) may well be helpful too. Both are on Facebook, so you might wish to join those groups. While I don't immediately recall specific costs as I am 2 years out, I do remember thinking that it was surprisingly reasonable.
commented on the Expat Report Living in Lyon, France
I had a chance to visit Lyon 2 years ago. I like this city!
posted Student Visa/Border control
on the France forum on July 20, 2015:
posted on the France Network
replied to the thread Retirement to South France
on the France forum:
We're just beginning to explore retirement overseas and France is most intriguing, along with Spain and Italy. My biggest initial concern is with continuing to receive my Social Security benefits and healthcare. What can you tell me?
Retired Americans can buy into the French "sécurité sociale" after a few months of residency, if their intention is to become permanent residents. The premium amount is approximately 8% of annual income (based on 2 yrs prior, I believe), over the threshold of around 9,000 euros. You still need to have private insurance for the first year to get the visa and to be covered during the application process.
Tried Americans n France
On FB w no results