For questions about health insurance policies, including relevant terminology, types of policies, how to evaluate a health insurance policy, etc. Questions should be tagged with a country-specific tag in most cases, e.g. "united-states" or "canada".

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
3answers
255 views

How to respond to collections regarding medical bill your insurance hasn't paid?

Last year our medical insurer froze my wife and children's account and refused to make any payments to any providers until my wife, her doctor, and possibly some of her other providers filled out a ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

high deductible health insurance worth it?

I am an expat living abroad, and i have health insurance through my company here in Hong Kong, but the coverage is only for Hong Kong treatment. I'm in my late 30s, so is my wife. I have one kid. My ...
1
vote
3answers
196 views

Options for HSA with no high deductible plan

I had an employer that offered a high deductible plan with an HSA. I have since moved employers and my new employer does not offer a high deductible plan. At first, I thought I would just keep my ...
2
votes
0answers
27 views

How do I gracefully transition from a standard medical plan to an HDHP with a non-calendar plan year and multiple FSAs?

My family is on my wife's insurance and FSA which is on a non-calendar plan year (June to July), with the additional FSA through my employer which is on a standard calendar plan year (January to ...
0
votes
1answer
87 views

Supplemental Insurance for Martial Arts Students

I would like to know if there are supplemental insurance policies for people who study martial arts (living in the United States). Specifically, I would like to find a policy that covers injuries that ...
4
votes
3answers
130 views

How does the importance of a cash emergency fund change when you live in a country with nationalized healthcare?

In one of the answers to this question, it was mentioned that the primary cause of bankruptcy in the US is related to health expenses, and this is one reason to keep an emergency fund. Since most of ...
2
votes
0answers
82 views

Can a person who has Medicaid buy a discounted dental insurance plan?

We live in Arkansas. My dad has Medicaid. However, it turns out most dentists do not accept Medicaid, and those that do, provide a limited number of services . So, I tried to purchase a dental plan ...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

Do health insurance premiums go up as you age?

If I buy private health insurance at the age of 40, and start off with a monthly contribution of 200$ (for example), then does the amount of premium change when I reach 50? Since at 50, my medical ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Employer reimbursment of health care

My employer reimbursed me for private employee health care premiums. Is this an employer expense or is it employee income? The IRS rule is not clear
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Are health insurance premiums obtained through ACA deductible for the self employed?

This IRS article, and this answer on money.se seem to indicate that health insurance premiums are deductible for the self employed. However, turbo tax, when entering this deduction, specifically warns ...
1
vote
2answers
88 views

Insurance, healthcare provider, apparent abuse, lack of transparency

I'm now covered by my employer's health insurance. We're used to shopping around for health care, so we expect to spend $80 to $100 at the doctor if we're sick. My wife has an understandable ...
4
votes
1answer
134 views

Do I have to wash money through HSA account?

I paid for my eligible health expenses from my regular account at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 because I did not have enough money on my HSA account. Now that I realize that I can contribute ...
0
votes
1answer
162 views

My medical insurance was withheld post-tax instead of pre-tax, what can I do now?

My employer was supposed to be withholding my medical insurance pretax. When I got my 2014 W-2, and tried to claim my insurance as a deduction on my taxes, it stated I could not claim pretax insurance ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

HSA contribution and self HDHP

I enrolled in HDHP plan starting 2014 Nov 3rd. I also have an employer sponsored HSA plan, where my employer contributed $250 towards the 2014 limit in Jan 2015. Before this I never had an HSA ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

Interaction between health exchange and under-65 Medicare coverage

I purchased platinum-level family coverage on the healthcare exchanges this year. Shortly after the start of the year, my wife's disability application was approved (after ~2 years in progress) and ...
5
votes
4answers
465 views

Which is better: Employer-sponsored HSA or opening an HSA individually?

So I know that: Employer-sponsored HSA's allow you to deduct contributions directly from your paycheck, pre-tax With individual HSAs, you must contribute using post-tax dollars, then deduct those ...
0
votes
0answers
38 views

Are there HSA's with zero interest and low fees?

I am searching for a HSA plan that has no earned interest and money saved as cash. I have found several that have interest rates like 0.4 percent and even one with 0.01 percent. Unfortunately, ...
2
votes
2answers
124 views

How can I budget for medical expenses when the medical billing process is so haphazard?

I've got fairly decent health insurance. But it seems like medical insurance companies always find some way to "scrooge" you. Example 1: Company switched carriers, was promised that we would get ...
3
votes
1answer
204 views

What are my HSA contribution limits if one, but not all members of the family are covered by an HSA-eligible plan?

My understanding is that when a person enrolls in an HSA-compatible health plan, he may contribute $3300 to an HSA. For example, if Adam is enrolled in an HSA-compatible plan, he may contribute $3300 ...
4
votes
0answers
470 views

Can I claim a parent receiving Medi-Cal benefits as a dependent on my tax return?

My mother got her green card this year. She won't work here. All her expenses will be paid by me. Since she is 67 years old, I am planning to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage for her. My question ...
8
votes
1answer
881 views

Can my employer change wage rates based upon medical coverage choices?

Prior to this year my employer used to reduce our hourly rate if we elected to enroll in one of the employer sponsored medical plans available. This reduction in rate was in addition to any weekly ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

How to choose basic health insurance in the Netherlands?

I'm a student and I'm about to start working in the Hague in a few months, and I am obliged to obtain a Dutch health insurance plan. Is there any cheap basic choice? I found out that most insurance ...
3
votes
2answers
145 views

Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside “Obamacare”?

Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside of the ACA Exchanges (such as the https://calheers.ca.gov/ in California), or are those as good as it gets? If it's illegal for the insurer to ...
2
votes
2answers
172 views

Calendar year changes and Out-of-Pocket reset

I have been with a School District for three years. This last year I had major surgery. I met my deductible and by August I reached my OOP max. In September the district got a new plan. They made ...
3
votes
2answers
109 views

How do “family” deductibles work on US health insurance policies?

In the past, I have had individual health insurance. If I had a $1000 deductible, that meant that I had to pay the first $1000 of my health expenditures each year. Next year, I expect to have a ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

Is this HSA too good to be true?

I am grandfathered into this PPO plan which we have one more year before they get rid of it. I think the HSA plan is better now for me but wanted to check. Is this HSA plan better for me? If I ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

Can I pay past expenses using an FSA opened midyear?

In my old job I had a HDHP and HSA. Midyear, I started a new job and switched to a standard insurance plan and an FSA. Can I submit receipts for expenses from January to the FSA that I just opened in ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Factors to consider to take a health insurance policy in India

I am interested to know about the Health insurance policies in India. I am Single and my age is 24. I would like to cover it up for my parents too. (They are in their 50s) I would like to know what ...
0
votes
2answers
36 views

Cobra and existing conditions with new insurance in the future question

Hope this is an okay place to post this question... So, I need to go to the doctor today but will be changing jobs as of next week and will have a period of time where I could potentially not be ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

COBRA and “in progress” expenses

I'm leaving my job in a few days, and I have significant "in progress" dental expenses. I haven't received any official COBRA information yet. I'm worried that any appointments after my last day at ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

Comparing HDHP vs PPO Plans: Am I missing something?

It's that time of year at work that we're needing to renew our insurance carrier. HR decided to continue the two PPO plans we previously had available, while adding an HDHP + HSA plan. I've compared ...
1
vote
0answers
111 views

How common is “pass-through” health insurance?

I am doing research about how health insurance works in the United States. I plan to post my findings on my personal web site. I have heard it said that some companies that provide health insurance ...
1
vote
1answer
137 views

Avoid Paying COBRA Premiums When Unused

I would like to avoid paying for Cobra insurance for a month between jobs if I do not use the insurance. It would not be a lapse in coverage for preexisting condition purposes. Basically for the ...
2
votes
1answer
280 views

Time limit for health-insurance to pay doctor bill and send EOB

I'm in the middle of another dispute between an in-network doctor's billing office and my health insurance company (HIC). My health insurance has not yet paid the bill due to a dispute with over some ...
2
votes
2answers
123 views

Having two different employer healthcare plans

I currently have two healthcare plans, one is United Health Care and one is Anthem Blue Cross. I'm able to get my health insurance in full from my old job which is why still have it(ABC). Anthem Blue ...
5
votes
1answer
114 views

Am I on the hook for medical bills by people that are on my health insurance?

I provide insurance for my ex-wife. Let's says the insurance pays 80% of the cost and they bill her for the rest. Am I liable for the remaining 20% if she doesn't pay? P.S. This is not a ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

How to start disability insurance when already disabled?

I'm not entirely certain this is the right place for this question, but I can't think of anywhere better either, so here it goes. I am currently suffering from moderate-severe depression and anxiety, ...
1
vote
2answers
202 views

Flexible Spending Account & Job Change

I worked full-time for Company A from 01-01-14 to 03-14-14. I still work for Company A as an hourly, unbenefitted employee. I started full-time with Company B on 03-24-14. The insurance coverage for ...
5
votes
3answers
157 views

How is my employer affected if I have expensive claims on my group health insurance?

Suppose, for the sake of discussion, that I work at ACME, Corp, a USA company. As part of my compensation, ACME makes me a member of their group health insurance through Aetna, a USA health insurance ...
5
votes
3answers
325 views

I'm getting gouged on prices for medical services when using my HSA plan. How to be billed fairly?

I had never given a second thought to the details of the bills that my health insurance (HI) company used to send me until I moved to a HSA plan. My typical (before the HSA plan) bill claim would be ...
2
votes
2answers
254 views

Continuing group health benefits from old employer after resigning

I will be resigning from my current employer next week and moving to another company: the new employer is a much smaller fabrication company and does not have as good health insurance. For example, ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Health care billing concerns

Over the past year I had my first experience with health care billing issues other than just paying my monthly bill. Something happened billing-wise recently that concerns me. I'd like to get feedback ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

How to fill tax return for income received to paid the health insurance premiums that my spouse pays for me?

My health insurance is provided by the employer of my spouse, but my employer wanted to provide the benefit of insurance so he paid me the money that my spouse was paying, so if my spouse pays $40 for ...
4
votes
3answers
527 views

Health insurance allowed benefits: different for different plans from same insurer?

Let's say I have a choice between two plans, both offered by the same insurance company. Plan A is a high-premium, low-coinsurance, low-deductible plan. Conversely, Plan B is a low-premium, ...
1
vote
1answer
49 views

Taxable status of health insurance premiums for family under new health care law

My question is pretty much the same as this question, (and there are some older questions of the same nature) but well over a year has passed since it was answered, and with the new health care laws ...
4
votes
2answers
124 views

How to pay for Alzheimer's care?

My mom is on the early stage of Alzheimer's, but I'm aware of the fact that "early" won't be forever. What are some of my options for financing the cost of my mother's care when the time comes? I am ...
1
vote
0answers
44 views

Possible for me to purchase my own health insurance pre-tax? [duplicate]

From what I understand, if I get insurance from my work the amount I pay is pre-tax (correct?). Is there any way for my work to allow me to purchase my own insurance on the exchange with money that ...
11
votes
1answer
171 views

Why do insurance companies in the United States have an enrollment period?

Normally with health insurance in the United States, you can only change the coverage you're getting during a single multi-week period in the year. That is unless there's a life qualifying event such ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) require insurance to be paid with pre- or post-tax dollars?

I would like to continue paying for health insurance with pre-tax dollars. But, according to this Washington Post article, buying healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires ...
3
votes
1answer
65 views

When must a health insurance plan provide contraceptive coverage under PPACA?

I'm having a hard time deciphering PPACA as it relates to contraceptive coverage. It seems that all plans that begin after August 2012 must provide it, but there is a "grandfather" clause that allows ...