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Managing risk: financial risk due to future health problems as a dollar amount

I am analyzing my long-term saving goals against the overall strategy of reducing my risk in various areas. One of the areas of risk I want to reduce is that of financial woes due to future health ...
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My medical bill went to a collection agency. Can I pay it directly to the hospital?

I went to the emergency room 5 months ago, and got a $2,000 bill. I didn't have the money to pay, so it just went to collections this month. But I already saved some cash, and I want to pay it off ...
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Should I choose not pay the fee for not having healthcare coverage in 2014

I did not have healthcare coverage in 2014. If I check the box on my return that says I did not have coverage I have to pay the fee. However, from the verbiage below it appears that not paying the ...
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Can I submit a hospital bill for reimbursement from my FSA if I am on a 12mo payment plan?

I have roughly $1500 in hospital bills. I called them and said that is too much for me to pay right now and they offered to split the payments over 12 months. Can I immediately submit the bill to my ...
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2014 Tax Fee For One Month Without Healthcare

Confirming that I understand this link correctly about paying taxes on every month I was uninsured, and that nothing has been changed in the last week. I went one month without healthcare when ...
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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 ...
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What is the penalty for having an HSA and Medicare?

If I open a HSA my employer will contribute $1000 yearly, but I am not supposed to contribute to an HSA because I have Medicare Part A. What is the penalty for contributing to an HSA when you have ...
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When using an HSA debit card for qualified medical expenses, do you typically need to mail your provider proof?

How would Fidelity (who I have my HSA through) know that what I withdrew money for was actually a medical expense? And how does it get reported to count towards my deductible?
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Affordable Care Act Documentation

So I just got my taxes completed, and did some searching on the net. Turbo Tax asked me where I got my health insurance. I clicked the box entitled at work, and all was good nothing further was ...
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Why not invest more in the Healthcare sector?

I have reviewed dozens of healthcare Mutual Funds and ETF's and compared them to the major indexes (mostly S&P), as far as back in the 1980's. It appears that the healthcare sector has always ...
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Can I enroll in FSA after losing coverage due to my father losing his job?

I am being allowed by my employer to enroll in a Health Insurance plan outside of the open enrollment period or new hire period due to an Involuntary Loss of Coverage (my father lost his job and I was ...
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Can I use a different HSA than PayFlex that came with aetna?

So my insurance aetna came with a PayFlex HSA. I dont think I like the investment options Harbor Bond HABDX Bond Fund Managers Intermediate Duration Government MGIDX Bond Fund Dodge ...
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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 ...
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HDHP Part of Year, HSA Max Contribution

What HSA contribution limits exist if a person for a portion of the year had an HDHP plan and for another portion of the year had a co-pay plan? Examples: Jane worked for Company A for four months ...
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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 ...
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FSA when a retirement agreement has been put into place

If I take advantage of retirement incentive in which I agree in November to retire effective June 30 of the the following year, can I may I make the same elections for the FSA as if no such ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Working for recruiter on W-2 vs. working for client on 1099?

My husband has been offered a job at a large company on the other side of the country. He told them he would commit to a long-term contract of up to two years, but that we did not want to move ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can I deduct my individual Health Insurance Premium in Tax

I have a my own LLC and working as self employee for this company. I am working on 1099 for this company. Since there is only 2 employee (including my spouse), I can't take health insurance from my ...
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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 ...
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In Australia how are medical costs calculated?

I have a young family and my wife and I are under the assumption that if a major surgery needed to take place that costs are covered by the government. I would like to understand what the situation ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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My employer offers an FSA and HRA but it's not enough. What other options do I have?

My financial situation is unique. I have a son with a degenerative illness that requires on going treatment. This year my employer contributed $1500 to an HRA and I contributed $2000 to an FSA. I ...
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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 ...
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Can I claim a tax credit on money I send to India for my parents' healthcare?

I live in Canada and I'm a permanent resident. If I send money to my parents in India, can I claim any kind of tax benefit on that e.g. under the caregiver tax? I know if I bring them here and they ...
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What is the difference between “copay” and “coinsurance”? [duplicate]

When having the chance to change health care plans at work, how can options involving "coinsurance" and "copays" be compared effectively? I have only ever had copay plans - what benefits might I see ...
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Reducing cost of emergency room visit

This is a follow-up to my previous question. I've received a relatively large bill from my health insurance provider for an emergency room visit a few months ago. While the bill isn't astronomical ...
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how to deal with involuntary out-of-network charges

A covered family member had to be transferred to another hospital during an emergency medical situation. Both hospitals were in network, but the ambulance that the hospital insisted on using was out ...
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How can I accept donations for a loved one's health care?

My wife's mother (the "patient", for ease of writing this) has early onset Alzheimer's. The family has spent all of the patient's personal cash paying for medical expenses, and is now asking relatives ...
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If I leave my job, what happens to my flexible spending account?

I am about to decide how much money to set aside for my 2013 Flexible Spending Account (FSA). (The max this year is $2500.) But I am wondering what happens if I switch employers during the year. Does ...
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How do I evaluate a health insurance policy that covers a specific disease?

I know that medical emergencies could be fatal for emergency funds and other personal finance aspects. How can you evaluate a cancer insurance policy? What are the aspects that makes one policy ...
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What will the penalties be for someone without insurance after Affordable Care Act takes effect?

If I currently don't have health insurance will I have to buy a plan? If I do not what will the penalties be?
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Collections for Medical Bill - Pay Settlement or Full Amount?

I live in California, and I had an ER visit in November 2010. I originally owed ~$800. I've been contacted by a collection agency, and offered a settlement of ~$400 I have verified with the original ...
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Protecting an elderly parent's assets / medicaid look-back

I've been asked by a senior to investigate: What are the things one needs to keep in mind with the issue of an elderly parent with some assets (house + some savings) who may need to enter into a ...
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In the U.S., are major dental procedures considered tax-deductible?

If someone is going to undergo a major dental/medical procedure ($40k+), is there any way to deduct the money paid for the procedure, or at least part of it?
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Gap in domestic Health Insurance coverage, expect higher premiums?

I am going to be living abroad for a year. I left my employer and am on short-term health insurance until I leave. I wasn't planning on maintaining domestic coverage (U.S) while I was abroad, but I am ...
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Is health insurance a wash in this case?

Let's say one makes 50k per year base at a company that pays 100% of the cost of a 10k per year medical plan. Now, a different company pays 0% for their similar 10k health care plan. The base pay is ...
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Tools for comparing costs between different healthcare providers?

I have a high deductible health insurance plan. That means the first $2000 or so expenses per year are not covered by my insurance. What's a good way to compare health care costs from different ...
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Health Insurance investment to use when retired

I'm in my thirties and have a wife and a newborn. I want to invest in health insurance from now on so that I can use the policy after I retire. Right now I have employer provided insurance. But, going ...
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Is it possible to use an FSA to pay for an individual health plan's premium?

I'm asking a follow-up to my other question... I'm currently enrolled in an FSA for my employer sponsored health plan. I'm considering leaving that health plan in favor of an individual (non-HSA) ...
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Does COBRA eligibility depend on other health insurance options?

I left my job, and went on COBRA. I started a new job, but the health insurance offered at the new job is a worse value than the COBRA coverage. I'm still eligible for COBRA, right? They happily ...
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Is it possible to deduct health insurance premiums from taxes?

I currently have health insurance provided by my employer. My monthly premiums are deducted pre-tax from my salary. I'm considering canceling this health coverage in favor of an individual health ...
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Health insurance lapsed due to employer fraud. How to get medications while in transition?

Recently my health insurance was cut off due to my parent's employer pulling some bookkeeping trick for the past few months where we were being given health insurance but it was off the books - ...
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How does retroactive COBRA coverage work?

I'm voluntarily leaving my job at the end of this month for a new position in a couple of weeks. At my new job, I have health care coverage effective my first day of work. My current coverage ...
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Tips to putting the yearly health insurance payments to work

I have been making my annual $1.5k health insurance payments to Blue Cross and now it feels like I am pouring money down the drain year after year! Since I exercise daily, eat healthy and keep myself ...