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Friday, June 15, 2018

HSA Updates for 2019

Last month (May, 2018) the IRS issued its anticipated 2019 calendar year, inflation adjusted figures affecting Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and the associated/required qualified High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs).  Changed figures for 2019 are indicated in red in the chart that follows; along with the current (2018) and prior (2017) year’s limits.   2017 2018LEARN MORE

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

WELLNESS PROGRAM ALERT!

If your organization offers, or is in the process of considering a Wellness Program…HOLD THE PHONE!  There is pending litigation involving the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that could profoundly alter the regulatory and compliance requirements associated with certain Wellness Programs. Generally speaking, the rules and regulations affecting Wellness Programs, apply to those defined as “health contingent” and “outcome based”.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IRS Reinstates 2018 Family Contribution Limit

As the old saying goes – “the more things change…the more they remain the same”!  A little more than a month ago, we shared the news that the IRS had reduced the previously announced, 2018 family Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limit by $50 (from $6,900 to $6,850).See – https://smstevensandassociates.com/irs-updates-2018-hsa-family-contribution-amount/ This “middle of the game” changeLEARN MORE

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

ACA Modifications for 2018 and 2019

Earlier this week (4/9/2018) the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final regulations and guidance that profoundly alter the Affordable Care Act (ACA) both immediately, and in 2019 and beyond.  The objective of the new guidance is “…to increase coverage access in the ACALEARN MORE

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Medical Expense Tax Deduction UPDATE!

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law in late December, 2017, contained some great news for folks that incur significant medical expenses AND itemize deductions on their tax return.  Historically, the threshold used to determine the amount of eligible/deductible expenses has been 7.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI), until an increase to 10%LEARN MORE

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Monday, March 12, 2018

IRS Updates 2018 HSA Family Contribution Amount

On March 5, 2018, the IRS issued a bulletin which contained, among other things, revised cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for 2018.  The previously passed tax reform law (i.e., Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) created the need for the revised COLAs, which have a direct impact in the employee benefits world affecting Health Savings AccountsLEARN MORE

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

More ACA (Tax) Delays

The recently signed (1/22/2018) “short-term spending bill”, also referred to as the “continuing resolution” (CR) does more than keep the United States government open and fully functioning until February 8, 2018.  It also delivers yet another set of Affordable Care Act (ACA) delays.  Employers offering group health insurance to their employees can breathe a collectiveLEARN MORE

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Preventive Healthcare Services and Coverage

An important and often overlooked benefit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is full coverage and benefits for preventive care.  Specifically, the ACA established that virtually all private health plans must provide 100% coverage (i.e., no cost share) for a host of preventive healthcare services.  The only exception to this requirement are so called “grandfathered”LEARN MORE

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Friday, September 8, 2017

The ACAs Health Insurance Subsidies

In order to accomplish its objective of “affordable health insurance coverage”, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) created three (3) separate, cost reducing initiatives: 1. Premium Tax Credits – reduce out of pocket PREMIUM costs; 2. Cost Sharing Reductions (CSR) – reduce point of service out of pocket costs such as copays, deductibles, and coinsurance; andLEARN MORE

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Individual Health Ins. When’s Who’s and What’s

This particular blog post is primarily directed to residents of my adopted home state of Nebraska. However it may shed light on some of the “when’s, who’s and what’s” that health care/insurance stakeholders may be facing in other parts of the country next year. As we inch closer to the 2018 individual health insurance openLEARN MORE