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Posted February 28th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

Today is the last day of February which means we are only one month away from the end of the first open enrollment period for individual health plans. March 31st is the last day that individuals can sign up for coverage without a qualifying event, but there is one big question that is still looming – Will the open enrollment period get extended to a later date? 

Posted February 26th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Meet José. He is ready to file his taxes and needs a little help with what is required for him since this is his first year with a health savings account (HSA).
 
This handy infographic lists the forms needed for individuals with HSAs when filing taxes in 2013.
Posted February 19th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

When it comes to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), one of the most common questions we hear is, “Can people aged 65 and older contribute to an HSA?” Many people would answer no to this question, but that is not always the case.

The fact that someone turns 65 does not automatically disqualify him from making contributions to an HSA, but enrollment in Medicare does.

Posted February 11th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Yesterday, IRS officials made a significant announcement that impacts the Employer Shared Responsibility requirements, also known as the Employer Mandate. New guidance issued by the IRS confirms that a new phased approach will be utilized to implement it.

The new approach has 3 significant changes to the previously written rules:

Posted February 7th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reported Exchange application submissions have exceeded 3 million.
  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated 2014 Exchange enrollment estimates to 6 million.
  • Some reports are showing that 22,000 Exchange applicants were enrolled in the wrong plan or received a lower subsidy than expected,  15,000 Exchange applications were lost and only 11% of Exchange applicants were previously uninsured.
Posted January 31st, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

As one of the essential health benefits covered in the Health Insurance Marketplace, pediatric dental care has been top of mind. This February will be the first time that National Children’s Dental Health Month will take place while the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full swing.

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