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Reminder: Have You Contributed to Your HSA?

Don’t forget! If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, you still have until April 15th to contribute to your health savings account (HSA)! And the money’s tax-free!

As a reminder, with an HSA, you can have tax-free money taken out or your paycheck or you can start an account and contribute money on your . . . → Read More: Reminder: Have You Contributed to Your HSA?

Does Your Health Insurance Have a “Discretionary” Clause?

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Does your health insurance have a “discretionary” clause? Tell us about it in our discussion forum!

Healthcare: Can the Patient Ever Really Say No?

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post breaks down some of the conundrum:

Health care is an unusual product in that it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, for the customer to say “no.” In certain cases, the customer is passed out, or otherwise incapable of making decisions about her care, and the decisions are made by . . . → Read More: Healthcare: Can the Patient Ever Really Say No?

Does Your Health Insurance Cover Everything You Think It Does?

Sadly, it seems like most people don’t find out until a medical emergency finally occurs. Jennifer Giuffre-Donohue found out the hard way when she was diagnosed with cancer:

So as my head was swimming I stared at the four prescriptions spread out on my bed just staring back at me, all for testing required before . . . → Read More: Does Your Health Insurance Cover Everything You Think It Does?

Is There a “Glitch” in the Obamacare Tax Credits?

Reuters is reporting that there’s a not-so-little “glitch” in the tax credits meant to help low and middle-income Americans to buy health insurance coverage:

Tax credits are a key component of the law and the White House has said the credits, averaging about $4,000 apiece, will help about 18 million individuals and families pay for . . . → Read More: Is There a “Glitch” in the Obamacare Tax Credits?

Should Small Business Owners Be For a Single-Payer System?

Interesting follow-up to the The New York Times case study of a bakery owner’s decision on employee health insurance coverage. Bakery owner Rachel Shein had some intriguing answers to reader follow-up questions:

Q. Do you think your customers would pay a few more cents for your baked goods — especially if it allows you to . . . → Read More: Should Small Business Owners Be For a Single-Payer System?

Breakdown: Americans Pay How Much More For Healthcare?

A new study breaks it down:

Decades of data have shown time and again that the U.S. has the costliest health care system in the world by a variety of measures.

Still, a report released by the International Federation of Health Plans (i.e., health insurance companies) today provides a striking reminder of just how much . . . → Read More: Breakdown: Americans Pay How Much More For Healthcare?

Should We Decide Healthcare By Lottery? Tennessee Does…

Is this what it’s coming to?

Two nights a year, Tennessee holds a health care lottery of sorts, giving the medically desperate a chance to get help.

State residents who have high medical bills but would not normally qualify for Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor, can call a state phone line . . . → Read More: Should We Decide Healthcare By Lottery? Tennessee Does…

Small Businesses: Is High-Deductible Health Insurance the Answer?

For many small business owners, it’s turning into the best, affordable answer:

Nearly a quarter of workers at companies with fewer than 200 workers were covered by such plans last year, compared with 17 percent of workers at larger firms.

Matt Grove and his wife, Annie, own a bagel business in Upstate New York. They . . . → Read More: Small Businesses: Is High-Deductible Health Insurance the Answer?