Category: Health Care Reform

Reform Prospects in the 116th Congress

“[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

Getting to 60 on HSA Expansion

“Democrats will point to statistics showing that most HSA owners don’t accumulate large balances because they don’t have sufficient discretionary income to contribute to the current statutory limits. . . But for many, an HSA is merely an alternative to a Health FSA. . . No one criticizes Health FSAs because participants don’t build balances.. Read more

The ACA, It Is a-Changin’

“In this scenario, the government would conclude that if it allows Idaho to offer non-ACA-compliant plans, soon all “red” states will join the bandwagon and increasingly “push the envelope” to move more individuals from the ACA essential health benefits and other consumer protections.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance March 1, 2018.. Read more

Constructing a Better HSA

“And in perhaps the least visible effort to date, the administration is sifting through dozens of “innovation” proposals submitted late last fall designed to improve patient care, control costs and otherwise offer new approaches to delivering care.” By William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance February 15, 2018 Health Savings Accounts have experienced.. Read more

A Packed Agenda

“HIT assesses a levy on every fully-insured medical-plan premium. For example, a retired couple enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans will pay an additional $510 for coverage in 2018 to pay this new tax, according to actuarial consultancy Oliver Wyman. Working families are projected to experience a similar $525 – $550 increase.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of.. Read more