Tag Archives: National

Aetna goes to paper ID Cards

 

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Released by Aetna on 3/22:

We want you to know about a change we’re making to our medical plans in 2017. This information will help notify your clients and their members about this change.

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HSA Update -why you should be using them!

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Great article byLoretta Metzger, Employee Benefit Advisor, 3/13/17

As the cost of healthcare zooms upward, many employers are shifting to high-deductible health plans, which include a lower monthly premium and, as the name implies, a higher deductible. In 2016, 29% of all insured employees were enrolled in HDHPs — an increase of 9% since 2014, according to Kaiser Family Foundation. Often, employers offer health savings accounts along with HDHPs to enable employees to save money tax-free for medical expenses.

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What to do With Your Tax Refund

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Instead of just spending the money, you could plan to pay yourself.

Provided by Reeve Conover – Conover Consulting

About 70% of taxpayers receive sizable refunds from the Internal Revenue Service. Just how sizable? The average refund totals about $2,800.1

What do households do with that money? It varies. Last year, consumer financial services company Bankrate asked Americans about their plans for their federal tax refunds. Thirty-one percent of the respondents to Bankrate’s survey said that they would save or invest those dollars, and 28% indicated they would attack their debts with the money. Another 27% said they would buy food with that cash or use it to pay utility bills. Just 6% said they would earmark their refunds for shopping sprees or vacations.2

So, according to those survey results, about six in ten people who get a refund will use it to try and improve their personal finances. You could follow their example.

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The Collapse Of ObamaCare

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On November 7, 1940, Gallopin’ Gertie collapsed.  If you are not familiar with the story, there is a great video clip of the failure in Tacoma, Washington.  The bridge was only open for 130 days.  “From the time the deck was built, it began to move vertically in windy conditions.  Despite numerous warnings,  officials decided to open the bridge anyway.  In a 40 mph wind storm the bridge collapsed after a dramatic period of enormous up and down movement (seriously, if you have not seen the video, its worth the watch).

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Do you allow your employees to waive coverage? Read this!

In Notice 2015-87, the IRS addressed the impact of employer opt-out payments — payments made to employees who decline enrollment in an employer’s group health plan — on affordability for ACA purposes. Employers who do not offer group health coverage that is affordable as defined under the ACA risk significant penalties. For 2016, group health coverage is considered affordable if the employee’s cost for the least expensive self-only coverage under the plan does not exceed 9.66% of the employee’s annual household income. For 2017, the percentage increases to 9.69%.

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