An analysis of individual and family health insurance policies available in 2017 reveals that costs have increased across the board from 2016. eHealth, the nation’s largest private online health insurance exchange, released its latest Health Insurance Price Index report on January 13. It looked at the average health insurance premium cost for individual and family policies during the first two months of this year's open enrollment period.
It seems that not a day goes by without Obamacare making headlines. As the new Republican administration gets settled, it’s an understatement to say that the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain. But just how many people take advantage of Obamacare? How many Americans will be affected by an ACA repeal or overhaul?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has added some additional paperwork to the tax-filing process. Employers offering small business health insurance are required to provide forms to both employees and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Here is an overview of forms required from employers, as well as which forms employees can expect to receive.
No one wants to see a health insurance rate increase, but this year, almost everyone did. Regardless of whether you are enrolled in your company’s group plan or have an individual health insurance policy, you have the ability to shop around for new coverage. If your rate increase is enough to make you cringe, taking the time to compare plans may be well worth the savings.
Your children may be old enough to drive, vote and legally consume alcoholic beverages. They may have declared their adulthood to you years ago: “Mom/Dad, I’m an adult now!” But if your children are still considered dependents, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows you to keep them on a health insurance policy which offers dependent child coverage if you choose, until these young adults reach age 26. “Dependent child” status is defined differently for tax purposes, ending at age 24. (The IRS provides information about qualifying as a dependent child or dependent relative, including the gross income test.) Whether your 26-year-old or under child may still qualify for coverage on your policy due to the ACA is a separate topic to consider. So, what’s a parent to do?
If you follow trends in the health insurance and healthcare industries, the news is not always positive - premium rates are increasing, healthcare costs are skyrocketing, and businesses are making big decisions about offering and sustaining coverage. But here’s a silver lining - a case study reported on by Kaiser Health News (KHN) highlights an Affordable Care Act payment reform success story. The case study demonstrates how - at least in one case - educating and incentivizing doctors to take a more holistic approach to medicine can have a significant impact.
When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010, the public’s view of the health reform law was polarized - some loved it, others hated it, and some simply did not know. Today, the public’s view remains much the same. This is according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) ACA opinion polls, which have tracked the public’s view on Obamacare since 2010. This article provides a brief look at the findings from the poll over time and by demographic.
With the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in full swing and the Cadillac Tax on the horizon, employers are making significant changes to their benefits to manage costs, increase participation and engagement, implement cost-sharing strategies, and improve health. And, despite these benefits changes, the majority of employers (56 percent) expect 2016 healthcare costs to increase. This is according to the new Wells Fargo Insurance 2015 Employee Benefits Trends Survey.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced premium tax credits to give you and your family a discount to buy individual health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are eligible, these tax credits can reduce your family’s health insurance cost to no higher than 9.5 percent or as low as 2 percent of your household income. Before you can calculate the amount of your premium tax credit, you must first calculate your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Note: Keep in mind that premium tax credits can work with reimbursement plans like the Small Business HRA, but that you must report your HRA allowance amount to avoid tax penalties.
Charts and graphs are helpful tools, but often they’re not enough to fully understand the complexities of health care and medical insurance. When it comes to the premium tax credit that many small-business employees are eligible for, they need all available details — and straightforward explanations — about: How the premium tax credit works Who is eligible How to apply for it The role of their employers
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