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New Final Regulations Expand the Availability of HRAs

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

JD Supra reports:

“On June 13, 2019, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Treasury (the “Departments”), published final regulations which significantly broaden the types of health plans that may be integrated with a health reimbursement arrangement (“HRA”). More specifically, beginning January 2020, the finalized rules allow HRAs to be integrated with certain qualifying individual health plan coverage and/or Medicare.  The final rules reverse current guidance which requires HRAs to be integrated with only qualifying group health plan coverage. Practically speaking, this means that employers, beginning in 2020, will be allowed to subsidize employee premiums in the individual health insurance market and/or Medicare using pre-tax dollars, provided certain conditions are met. The final rules also allow certain HRAs to reimburse participants for certain premiums paid for excepted benefits. To achieve these results, the final rules create two new types of HRAs.

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Why You Still Absolutely Need Health Insurance Despite the Death of the Penalty

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Yahoo Finance reports:

“Starting in 2019, you’ll no longer owe a fine to the IRS if you don’t have qualifying health insurance coverage. While the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, imposed a tax penalty for those who opted out of coverage, the mandate was eliminated with the tax reform law passed in late 2017.

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Most Americans want lower health care costs, not ‘Medicare for All’ or Obamacare repeal

Monday, May 20th, 2019

CNN Politics reports:

“Washington may be obsessed with enacting “Medicare for All” or repealing Obamacare, but Americans have other priorities.

They want Congress to prioritize reducing health care costs and protecting those with pre-existing conditions, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Wednesday.

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What is Trump’s New Short-Term Health Insurance Order?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Investopedia reports:

“On February 20, 2018, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury released a proposed rule that would increase the length of coverage for short-term health insurance plans from three months to 364 days. They proposed this rule in response to an executive order President Trump issued in October 2017 telling these departments to propose regulations or guidance that would make this type of insurance more available in order to encourage consumer choice and provider competition in the health insurance market.

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Scammers Are Using New Medicare Cards to Try to Trick Seniors

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The Motley Fool reports:

“If you’re a senior on Medicare, new cards are coming soon. New cards will be mailed out between April 2018 and April 2019, and these new cards will no longer have your Social Security number on them.

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ACA Marketplace Plan Issues Threaten Consumers’ Financial Well-Being

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Observer reports:

“If you bought health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment, congratulations. Your major health care needs, known and unknown, should be covered without risk of financial ruin. You may feel you are set until the next open enrollment. But you might actually have more work to do to make sure you are truly protected.

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Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire create new company to tackle health care costs

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Three of corporate America’s heaviest hitters — Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase — sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

The announcement was short on details about precisely what the independent company will do. But given the three players’ outsize influence — and Amazon’s ability to transform just about everything it touches — the alliance has the potential to shake up how Americans shop for health care, and the stocks of insurance companies, drug distributors and others slumped in reaction.

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McHenry County: Medicare Supplement

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Seal of McHenry County, Illinois

Seal of McHenry County, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We specialize in helping McHenry County individuals understand Medicare and Medicare supplements.

Medicare is a federal program to help older Americans and some disabled Americans pay for the high cost of healthcare.

Generally, the Government’s Medicare Program consists of 4 parts:

  • Part A is for hospital services, no premium
  • Part B is for medical services, premium based on income
  • Part C are Medicare Advantage Plans. It’s a Government Program. Sold through Insurance Companies, plans and pricing vary.
  • Part D is the prescription drug plan. It is also sold through insurance companies, plan and pricing vary.

Medicare does not cover all the costs.

To help cover the costs that Medicare doesn’t cover, you have a few choices.

  • Medicare supplement plans (AKA – Medigap)
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription Drug Plans (AKA – Part D, PDP, and Medicare Rx)

In order to purchase one of these supplements, you will need to sign up for both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Please contact us at (847) 426-2788. We are also proud of our 5 Star Google Places reviews. Thank you for visiting our website we look forward to working with you.

Thanks again,

Robert G. Eriksen, President
Personal Health Insurance Broker

Phone: (847) 426-2788
Email: Bob@EriksenInsurance.com

Blue Cross warns GOP repeal bill ‘undermines’ pre-existing condition rules

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The Hill reports:

“The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association warned against a new GOP ObamaCare bill on Wednesday, saying it would “undermine” protections for pre-existing conditions.

“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,” the association said in a statement.

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‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Drug Also Portends ‘Quantum Leap’ In Cost

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Kaiser Health News reports:

“When doctors talk about a new leukemia drug from Novartis, they ooze enthusiasm, using words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary” and “a watershed moment.”

But when they think about how much the therapy is likely to cost, their tone turns alarmist.

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