The Latest Challenge to the ACA

January 24th, 2019

“Judge O’Connor . . . ruled the ACA unconstitutional because a tax that raises revenue is no tax, the text of the ACA doesn’t include a severability clause, and even proponents of the law have long argued that the mandate, guaranteed issue, and community rating together are integral to the successful operation of insurance markets.”.. Read more

Welcome the 116th Congress

January 10th, 2019

“Probably the best solution for the country would be . . . bipartisan legislation that loosens the federal grip on benefit design, increases choices, covers more Americans, gives states meaningful incentives to manage their Medicaid populations, and attacks the true drivers of medical costs.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Jan. 10,.. Read more

Take It to the Limit with an HSA and Limited Health FSA

December 27th, 2018

“If you want to pay this year’s expenses this year and enjoy immediate tax benefits, a HSA/Limited-Purpose Health FSA combination allows you to pay your bills and gain a tax advantage this year, rather than carry financial obligations or delay tax benefits into the future.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance December.. Read more

A Few Pesky HSA Compliance Issues

December 11th, 2018

“[T]his young adult woman can open her own HSA. She doesn’t have to be the medical-plan subscriber. In fact, it’s not unusual for more than one person on a contract to be HSA-eligible.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Dec. 13, 2018 One of the advantages of spending time in the field.. Read more

Reform Prospects in the 116th Congress

November 29th, 2018

“[W]e’ll see a lot of activity at the federal and state level as politicians and special interest groups formulate their political plans for 2020 and beyond.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Nov. 29, 2018 Although the 116th Congress won’t be seated until early January, it’s not too early to speculate about.. Read more

A Last-Minute Open Enrollment Guide

November 13th, 2018

“It’s easy to conduct this analysis. Sadly, it’s easy not to, which is why most people don’t. But you should. Your costs – and perhaps your care – are at stake.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Nov. 15, 2018 I hope that this advice doesn’t come too late to affect your.. Read more

Your Compliance Questions Answered

November 1st, 2018

  “The only factor that matters when determining whether an HSA-eligible person is entitled to a family or self-only contribution is the size of the contract. Period.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance November 1, 2018 An important part of my job is to answer your questions about Consumer-Driven Health (CDH) generally.. Read more

One Family’s Approach to Financing Care

October 18th, 2018

“We received a $500 prompt-pay discount and saved approximately $600 on the $1,900 net bill. So, between prompt-pay discount (drawing on Health FSA funds that hadn’t yet been deducted from my paycheck) and the tax savings, our net cost was about $1,300. In contrast, the person in the next chair probably wasn’t covered by a.. Read more

A Better HSA Option for Seniors

October 4th, 2018

  “If the program ends up depriving the federal treasury of tax revenue, it’s only because older couples are allowed to keep a little more of their resources to pay for . . . retirement medical expenses. . . With concerns about the financial pressures on so many senior citizens who live on fixed incomes,.. Read more

Solving a Small Businessman’s Coverage Dilemma

September 20th, 2018

“This is the ultimate twofer. With as little as one month’s coverage in 2018, they can make the full $6,900 family contribution for 2018 (and they have until April 15, 2019, to deposit the funds), then turn around Jan. 1 and place another $7,000 in their HSAs.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and.. Read more

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