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Posted December 27th, 2013 in Producers, Employers

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) is a part of the healthcare reform law that is supposed to help small businesses provide affordable health insurance coverage to employees. Last month it was announced that the SHOP Exchange would be delayed until November 2014; however, this statement requires clarification as some of the core features of the SHOP are still available. 

Posted December 18th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Healthcare Reform, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, thingamajig, whatchamacallit, no matter your choice of nickname—it’s unavoidable this holiday season. Much like those ugly sweater holiday parties that force you to raid a family member’s closet or a local thrift store, your treasure hunt is now for the best, most affordable health insurance for yourself, family members, employees and/or clients.

A recent article gave insider tips on how to shop at a thrift store. A lot of these same practices apply directly to the insurance shopping experience under the new health law.

Note: All of the tips that the source article gave for shopping at a thrift store are listed within parentheses.

Posted December 13th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) has been administering Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) since the beginning. These ten years have gone by fast, and every year more and more people are starting to take notice of them. They have been celebrated as popular, consumer-driven and a great tool for retirement planning.

Moreover, HSA participants themselves have received the reputation of being cost-savvy and more involved overall in their health care spend. While HSAs are not for everyone, these plans offer consumers a triple tax advantage – which is not very common in the tax code.

Posted December 4th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Here are three major Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline changes that have made headlines recently.

1.    Individuals looking for a January 1, 2014 effective date will now have until December 23, 2013 to submit an application and until December 31, 2013* to make their initial premium payment in the public exchange. Additionally, each carrier must decide how they will handle the implementation of this change outside of the public exchange.

Posted November 25th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a significant announcement on November 19, 2013 that will give insurance companies the ability to verify subsidy eligibility and directly enroll individuals in a subsidized plan without having to direct them to the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) as part of the process. This announcement appears to be a way to address some of the technical problems and glitches that HealthCare.gov has been plagued with since its launch on October 1, 2013. 

Posted November 19th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Last week, President Obama announced that Americans can keep individual health insurance policies that they were told will be canceled because they failed to meet requirements established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Posted November 13th, 2013 in Producers, Employers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that self-funded health plans will be exempt from the reinsurance fees after the first year. The recent announcement is expected to be published in a forthcoming document with other rule modifications. 

Posted November 7th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently issued guidance announcing a significant change relating to Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) that has many positive implications. The Department of Treasury has modified its “use-it-or-lose-it” provision to allow a limited rollover of unused Healthcare FSA funds. Effective immediately, employers that offer a Healthcare FSA program without a grace period have the option of allowing employees to rollover up to $500 of unused funds at the end of the 2013 plan year. 

Posted November 6th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex), the exclusive operator of the InsureXSolutions® private insurance exchange, would like to take a moment to mention last week’s exciting new partnership with the largest broad-based business association in Illinois, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

The new Illinois Chamber Benefits Exchange, powered by InsureXSolutions provides small employers the opportunity to control costs and lay a foundation for their employees to obtain affordable health insurance.

Posted October 31st, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Individuals are required to project their income for 2014 to determine the maximum subsidy that may be available to them through a public exchange to help reduce their insurance premiums

If it turns out that an individual projected their income incorrectly, and the premium subsidy they received was too much, then the individual will have to pay back a portion or the entire subsidy amount when they file their federal income tax return. 

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