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Uberize My Medical Care, Please

October 17th, 2019

My doctor replied, “Don’t worry about cost. Insurance pays for it.” I responded, “Not exactly. First, I have a deductible that I haven’t satisfied, so I’ll be paying. Second, insurers don’t pay claims. Insurers write checks. My employer and I pay for all services, whether directly through my deducible or next year through premium increases.”.. Read more

Surprise! Billing Legislation Bogs Down

October 3rd, 2019

“Most senators represent states in which the leading delivery system is one of the largest and most influential employers. In addition, most states – unlike many congressional districts – have rural hospitals that are affected by federal policies like Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates. Senators have to worry about whether legislation would affect the supply.. Read more

Avoid the HSA-Health FSA Compliance Collison

September 19th, 2019

“An employer best practice is to run the medical plan and the Health FSA concurrently. That way, employees can review changes in cost-sharing in medical plan each year to make the appropriate health FSA election. They usually can’t open their Health FSA mid-year to alter their elections to reflect changes in their projected out-of-pocket costs.”.. Read more

Age 65 in Sight? Avoid Some Pitfalls

September 5th, 2019

“The decision around when to sign up for Social Security benefits is complicated . . . Just be aware that one of the negative consequences of collecting Social Security benefits is that if you’re age 65 or older, you can’t make or receive additional Health Savings Account contributions.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy.. Read more

Summer Update

August 22nd, 2019

“[These] tests are a qualified expense . . . only to the extent that the testing is for medical purposes . . . rather than learning whether you’re related to Leif Erickson or want to pull the  “family-discount” card when ordering a bottle of Sam Adams.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance.. Read more

Sorting through Reform Proposals

August 8th, 2019

“The leading Medicare for All bills in the House and Senate phases out all private coverage within four years. Many debate participants eagerly raised their hands when asked in a debate whether their vision is a program that eliminate private insurers. That’s a big deal, since private insurers cover more than 200 million Americans.” William.. Read more

HSAs for Medicare Enrollees? Maybe

July 23rd, 2019

“Retirees who already own an HSA can continue to contribute to their accounts, and those who have never had an opportunity to open an HSA can do so . . This means that 58 million retirees will feel less pressure from the financial vise. And leave them with more funds to receive the high-value care.. Read more

Exploring the ICHRA, Part II

July 10th, 2019

“ICHRAs alter the distribution model from wholesale (employer-sponsored, or group, coverage) to retail (nongroup coverage). It’s far more efficient and less costly for insurers to make a sale to one group of 100 employees than to four groups of 25. Changing the ratio of group to nongroup sales alters not only cost structure, but also.. Read more

Exploring the ICHRA, Part I

June 27th, 2019

  “But what happens when the company no longer sponsors insurance, but rather provides a stipend? Employees need to know where to go to find coverage.”  William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance June 28, 2019 Earlier this month, the Trump administration issued guidance establishing two new HRAs – the Individual Coverage HRA.. Read more

A Virtual HSA Discussion

June 13th, 2019

“True, HSA contributions limits by themselves are inadequate to fund a comfortable retirement. But no one seriously suggests using an HSA alone to fund retirement.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance June 13, 2019 I’m a big fan of LinkedIn. Used properly, LinkedIn can be a very effective career-building tool. Here are.. Read more

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