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Posted August 30th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
In September, Senators will return to Washington D.C. from their August recess. Almost immediately, they’ll begin taking up health care (again), but this time Democrats and Republicans will jointly consider changes. 
 
Posted June 20th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
President Donald Trump held a party in the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the House of Representatives (House). President Trump touted the House bill as being an “incredible health care plan.” The AHCA is now under consideration by the Senate, and in a closed-door meeting held with several Republican Senators last week, President Trump allegedly said the current version of the AHCA is too “mean” and needs to be “more generous.” 
 
Just how "mean" is the AHCA, and who is it "mean" to?
Posted May 9th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-37 last week with information on the Health Savings Account (HSA) and qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP) limits for 2018.

These limits are updated annually and reflect cost-of-living adjustments.

HSA contribution limits

Posted May 3rd, 2017 in Producers, Employers
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), in combination with a qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP), are usually touted as a way to lower insurance premiums and pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars. 
 
Posted February 21st, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Uncategorized
Here are three big things that occurred with health care/ health insurance last week:
 
1. Proposed Rules to Stabilize Exchanges and the Individual Market
Posted January 4th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The deadline to make HSA contributions for the 2016 tax year is April 18, 2017. The deadline would normally be April 15th, which is the usual deadline to file federal tax returns, but that day falls on a Saturday this year so the IRS has announced they will allow a few extra days to submit 2016 tax returns. 
 
Posted November 1st, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The 2017 contribution and reimbursement limits for consumer-driven accounts (CDAs) are now available and have been provided below:
 
Health Care Flexible Spending Account (Health Care FSA)
 
The salary reduction limit is $2,600 ($50 increase from 2016) for the 2017 plan year. Employers may also contribute the greater of $500 or up to a dollar-for-dollar match of the employee’s salary reduction. The maximum carryover amount remains unchanged at $500.
 
Posted June 15th, 2016 in Producers, Employers
In part one and part two of this series, we examined how employees are increasingly responsible for their own healthcare costs and have adjusted their expectations accordingly. We conclude this series with an important announcement:
 
Posted June 7th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Telemedicine can generally be defined as a way to provide a broad range of health-related services by phone or through an online platform. Several employers and insurance carriers offer telemedicine services in conjunction with their health plan(s) as a way to provide a cheaper alternative of diagnosing and treating common illnesses, such as the cold or flu. 
 
Posted May 2nd, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2016-28 last week with information on the Health Savings Account (HSA) and qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) limits for 2017. All limits will be the same as they are in 2016 with the exception of the HSA contribution limit available to those with a single-only HDHP. That amount will increase by $50 to a maximum of $3,400 for the year. The table below compares the HSA and HDHP limits from 2016 to 2017.