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Will the New President and Congress Find Common Ground on Healthcare?

November 19th, 2020

“Section 1332 of the ACA gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services broad power to approve state requests to innovate in offering coverage to their populations if the innovations expand coverage and don’t increase costs. The Trump Administration has approved a number of these requests. The Biden Administration is more likely to restrict innovation.. Read more

Accessorizing Your Health Savings Account Program

October 29th, 2020

“A growing number of Health Savings Account owners are building balances to fund qualified expenses in retirement, including Medicare cost-sharing, Medicare premiums, and services (like dental and vision) not covered by Medicare. If they fund a Limited-Purpose Health FSA, they can enjoy the same tax benefits as a withdrawal from a Health Savings Account as.. Read more

An Update on ICHRAs

April 2nd, 2020

“Large employers (51 or more employees) who want to transition employees from group to nongroup coverage are discouraged to find that the nongroup plan designs are far less attractive than what they can purchase as a large group.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance April 2, 2020 Last summer, the Trump Administration.. Read more

Using an HSA to Reduce Future IRA Taxes

April 18th, 2019

“The good news is that the federal government is running a well advertised sale on federal income taxes. . . . Thus, a rollover now will cost you less than it would before 2018, since marginal tax rates are lower.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance April 18, 2019 Most Americans don’t.. Read more

Expanding HSAs

June 6th, 2018

“Giving more Americans with high medical, dental, and vision expenses more opportunities to pay less for these services should be a priority that every American, and member of Congress, can support.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance June 7, 2018 The Health Savings Account industry, represented by the American Bankers Association HSA.. Read more

The Advantages of an HSA

May 10th, 2018

“These are the benefits of HSAs of which we must never lose sight…  HSAs provide huge advantages to families of more moderate means, particularly as vehicles to build ‘rainy day’ medical savings and as a means to reduce the financial impact medical bills pose to family budgets.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and.. Read more

Four Books to Challenge You

February 1st, 2018

“We can’t continue to choose “none of the above” – that’s not a plan. It’s a $3 trillion copout.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance February 1, 2018 Your high school English teacher probably told you that there’s no difference between those who can’t read and those who don’t. And he or.. Read more

The QSEHRA Opportunity

January 19th, 2017

President Obama signs the 21st Century Cures Act. Employers: Are you willing to share your expertise with other benefits professionals? Healthcare Trends Institute, a leader in analyzing and disseminating information about employee benefits, is seeking input. You can find more information and the link to a five-minute survey here. “QSEHRAs give employers a fourth option:.. Read more

What to Expect with Health Care Reform

January 5th, 2017

By William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance Jan. 5, 2017 With the 115th Congress convening in the nation’s capital this week, all eyes will be on Republicans and their approach to the Affordable Care Act. Readers know that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (dubbed the ACA or ObamaCare) passed Congress.. Read more

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