Individuals

Posted April 2nd, 2019 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some people love the law, some people hate it, and others find themselves somewhere in between. However, there’s one thing that’s for certain. The rules are constantly being challenged or changed. Here are three key developments that occurred last week.

Posted March 19th, 2019 in Producers, Individuals

There are some big changes coming to Medicare Supplement plans in 2020. Plans C, F and High Deductible F will no longer be available for new Medicare enrollees.

In other words, if you become eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, you won’t be able to enroll in Plans C, F or High Deductible Plan F. However, if you are already enrolled in one of these plans, you’ll be grandfathered into that coverage and can keep that plan in place indefinitely.  

Posted March 12th, 2019 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have seen tremendous growth in the past decade and are quickly becoming one of the most popular employee benefits. These accounts allow individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan to use tax-free dollars to pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for themselves and their families.

Posted March 5th, 2019 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

When talking about Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), you may hear the terms carryover, grace period and run-out period, but what do they mean and how do they differ? Here are some simple explanations of each term.

Posted February 13th, 2019 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The term “Medicare for All” has been making headlines recently. Democrats across the country have made this concept a central part of their platforms, and polls have shown that more than half of Americans are in favor of it.

But what does it really mean? Well, the best answer is that it means different things to different people.

Posted January 8th, 2019 in Producers, Individuals

You may be familiar with Medicare’s open enrollment period (OEP) which occurs each fall. From October 15th until December 7th of each year, Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Part D plan of their choice. This includes enrolling in a plan for the first time or changing to a new plan.

Posted December 31st, 2018 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) allow eligible individuals to put money aside tax-free to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, but HSAs work differently than other tax-advantaged accounts. Here are 10 helpful tips and reminders as the year comes to an end. 

Posted December 20th, 2018 in Individuals

Time is running out to spend your 2018 FSA funds. In most cases, unless your plan has carryover or the Grace Period, you’ve only got until 12/31 to spend any remaining balance. By the time the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, any money left in your account will be forfeited.

Posted December 17th, 2018 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

Last Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) unconstitutional.

The judge’s decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by 20 Republican state attorneys general earlier this year. The lawsuit was filed after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act zeroed out the Individual Mandate penalty. The lawsuit claimed the Individual Mandate was so essential to Obamacare, and without it, all of Obamacare must go. The judge agreed.

Posted December 11th, 2018 in Producers, Individuals

Illinois state legislators passed a law last month which makes several changes to short-term medical (STM) plans. The most significant change limits the maximum duration of coverage to periods that are less than 181 days (i.e. 180 days). This change applies as of November 27, 2018, which is the date the law was enacted. The immediate effective date did not provide a window of time for insurance carriers to adjust their STM plans to the shorter durations of coverage.

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