Why HSA Contribution Limits Should Be Higher

April 13th, 2015
HSA-Contribution A Health Savings Account (HSA) has many benefits, the biggest of all being that consumers with one can use tax-free money that they have contributed to this type of fund to pay for a wide range of qualified medical expenses. Furthermore, if this money is not used it rolls over from year to year and can become a very beneficial and high-value account to access during retirement. Not only can you contribute to your HSA, but your employer can as well.   Unfortunately, one of gripes of | Continue reading this entry »

April 15 is Approaching – Maximize Your HSA Contribution!

April 6th, 2015
Tax-Refund   The 2014 tax deadline is swiftly approaching, which means it’s important that you maximize your HSA contributions, so that you can claim them on your 2014 tax return. The maximum HSA contribution limit in 2014 is $3,300 for individuals and $6,500 for families. In 2015, this contribution limit will increase to $3,350 for individuals and $6,650 for families.   Why Is It Important to Maximize Your Contributions?   Remember, funds that you deposit into your HSA account | Continue reading this entry »

Open Enrollment Through April 30th. Act Now!

March 5th, 2015
OpenEnrollment Even though the Annual Open Enrollment period to sign up for health insurance in 2015 just ended on February 15th, millions of Americans are getting one last chance to sign up for a plan this year. Anyone who does not have health insurance in 2015 will have to pay a tax penalty of 2% of their household income, up to $975 for a family.   One More Chance To Get Coverage in 2015   For states that use a federal insurance exchange (which is the majority of the country), the U.S. Department | Continue reading this entry »

Open Enrollment Deadline Extension for State Exchanges

February 20th, 2015
Deadline Extended Annual Open Enrollment ended on February 15, 2015 - however there is still time available for those who need extra time to complete or submit an application, which varies based upon what state you live in. If you still need to get coverage it’s absolutely essential to meet with an HSA for America Personal Advisor to ensure you find the right plan for you and your family to protect your future - while also benefiting from premium subsidies and other types of assistance that can lower your monthly | Continue reading this entry »

Act Now – Open Enrollment Period Extended

February 18th, 2015
open enrollment deadline extended If you have not yet completed your application to obtain health insurance, you now probably qualify for a special enrollment period which ends on 11:59 p.m., February 22.   This special enrollment period was created and approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), because so many people experienced delays trying to apply last week. Below are the requirements you must meet to qualify for this special enrollment period:   You are not currently enrolled in | Continue reading this entry »

Last Week To Get Health Insurance – How and Why You Should Sign Up Now!

February 11th, 2015
Feb 15 Open Enrollment Deadline The annual open enrollment period ends on February 15 - and the United States government currently estimates that nearly 6 million households will be required to pay a penalty for not obtaining health insurance in 2014. These penalties, which will increase this year from 2014, are high. In 2015, an individual will be fined whichever is greater - $325 per adult or 2 percent of their applicable income. If an individual has children, the flat dollar amount they have to pay per child is half that amount, | Continue reading this entry »

10 Essential Benefits Required for an ACA Qualified Health Plan

February 9th, 2015

 

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The Cost of Going Uninsured – How Tax Penalties Can Impact You

January 28th, 2015
penalties When the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, it brought with it many changes to our health care system. It’s now considered a requirement to have health insurance, otherwise you may face high penalties for going without coverage. These penalties apply to everyone in your household, including children.   What is Acceptable Health Insurance Coverage by the Affordable Care Act?   Coverage through an employer, a student health plan, a plan purchased on their state or federal | Continue reading this entry »

Why Turning 21 May NOT Be a Reason to Celebrate Under the Affordable Care Act

January 26th, 2015
21st birthday There are numerous precious milestones in life we all excitedly anticipate - turning 16 and driving a car, turning 18 and registering to vote, and turning 21 and buying that first alcoholic beverage. But did you know that turning 21 will also cost you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?   Under the ACA, policyholders can no longer be denied coverage or be charged higher premiums due to pre-existing conditions. Rates are determined are four factors: age, whether or not you use tobacco, | Continue reading this entry »

What Is an HSA-Qualified Expense?

January 21st, 2015
HSA Qualified Expenses As I gather together all of my records for 2014 preparing for tax time, one document that continues to peek my interest is my list of health savings account (HSA)-qualified expenses. Why is this document so valuable? Because it shows a precise record of where my HSA dollars were spent and verifies that the expenses are indeed considered “qualified.” But what exactly is an HSA-qualified expense?   Qualified Medical Expenses   The IRS outlines which medical expenses it considers | Continue reading this entry »