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Posted January 9th, 2018 in Producers, Employers
Participating members of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in IL, MT, NM, OK & TX now get direct access to their HSA from Flex
 
Posted December 19th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The state of Maryland passed a law known as the Contraceptive Equity Act which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018. The law requires fully insured health plans issued in the state of Maryland to cover male sterilization procedures (i.e. vasectomies) as preventive care without any copay, deductible or other cost-sharing requirements for the member. 
 
Posted December 6th, 2017 in Producers, Employers
The Health Savings Account (HSA) market has grown rapidly in the past decade. More than 21 million people currently have an HSA and there’s still plenty of opportunity for growth. In fact, a recent report projects 30 million HSAs by the end of 2019.
 
Here are the top employer benefits of an HSA:
 
Posted December 1st, 2017 in Producers, Employers
Bipartisan efforts (yes, you read that right) are underway to repeal the Cadillac Tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A letter signed by 140 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives (House) urges a repeal this year. Efforts are being led by Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) and Mike Kelly (R-PA-3). 
 
Posted November 1st, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
As you may have heard, the Trump administration discontinued funding for the cost-sharing reduction subsidies (CSR subsidies). Critics of this move believe it will create instability in the Exchange and individual marketplaces. Political efforts to restore the CSR subsidies are underway, but it appears Republican leadership has some demands as part of those restoration efforts.
Posted September 26th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Spoiler Alert: The answer is no.

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have been spearheading efforts to repeal and replace substantial parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While there are many changes that the so-called “Graham-Cassidy” bill would make to the ACA, there are really three main themes that stand out:
 
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.