Consumers Aren’t Using Accessible Health Information

Despite the government’s push to make health information more available, few people use concrete information about doctors or hospitals to obtain better care at lower prices, according to a poll released Tuesday. Prices for the health care industry have historically been concealed and convoluted, unlike those for most other businesses. The 2010 health law aimed […]

Nutrition: The Simple Rule for Eating

Over the past few months, I’ve written a number of times on how nutrition recommendations are seldom supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, many of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should say. It’s much easier, unfortunately, to tell you what not to […]

Will Premiums Rise for Small Businesses?

Today we return to our series exploring lingering questions small-business owners have about the Affordable Care Act. Today’s question is a basic one: Will premiums for small businesses rise in 2015, and if so, how steeply? If you asked someone in the health insurance industry earlier this year — the executives at the insurance carriers […]

IRS Announces Inflation-Adjusted Increase for HSAs

The IRS released increases for HSAs and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) for 2015. The maximum annual HSA contribution for self-only HDHP coverage will increase from $3,300 to $3,350. The maximum annual HSA contribution for family HDHP coverage will increase from $6,550 to $6,650. The age 55 catch-up contribution continues to be $1,000 The minimum HDHP […]

Long-term Jobless may Finally get a Break

The rhetorical back-and-forth  regarding the Affordable Care Act can figuratively give you whip lash (unless you have multiple browsers open, then it maybe literal). The recent Congressional Budget Office reported back a few weeks ago that the Affordable Care Act would eliminate two-million jobs, but the reaction to that should be positive. As PBS reports, […]

Health Care Coverage Cost and Tax Season Compliance

Are you an employer that offers or provide group health coverage to your workers?  Were you required to file 250 or more Forms W-2 for tax year 2012?  If so, an Affordable Care Act/IRS requirement to report health care coverage costs on Forms W-2 for 2013 applies.  What follows below is important information so that you can […]