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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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1answer
67 views

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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2answers
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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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1answer
48 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 ...
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2answers
112 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 ...
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162 views

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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0answers
39 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 ...
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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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1answer
72 views

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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2answers
866 views

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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2answers
86 views

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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3answers
31k views

If I leave my job, what happens to my flex 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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1answer
192 views

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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2answers
314 views

What will the penalties be for someone with out 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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4answers
3k views

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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1answer
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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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2answers
135 views

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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2answers
222 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
134 views

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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2answers
89 views

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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2answers
377 views

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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1answer
74 views

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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2answers
473 views

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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2answers
126 views

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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1answer
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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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2answers
96 views

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 ...
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3answers
91 views

Comparing/reviewing personal health insurance plans for the self-employed

I'm looking at needing to acquire personal health insurance in the next few months as I move from a job with good benefits to self-employment, and I've found that it's pretty difficult to compare the ...
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3answers
180 views

Who could afford a higher annual deductible who couldn't afford a higher monthly payment?

I'm comparing some health insurance plans with Humana, and trying to understand the relationship between the price tiers. For a single HDHP plan, they have these price options: $1,500 Deductible - ...
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2answers
126 views

What is the relationship between a HDHP and an HSA?

I'm confused about how a HDHP and a HSA relate. I understand that there are tax advantages and the money in an HSA is yours to keep. Like any other health plan, an HSA-compatible plan, the ...
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3answers
9k views

How do I withdraw funds from my Health Savings Account?

I have recently opened a Health Savings Account (HSA) with Bank of America. Do I need to associate it with a health plan? How does that work? Bank of America has set up a HSA for me to make ...
4
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1answer
74 views

Deduct payments towards HSA alongside unreimbursed medical expenses on taxes?

I have medical expenses paid out of pocket and payments (pre-tax) to my health savings account. Can I consider both of those totals when computing my eligible medical expenses total for that ...
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3answers
413 views

Can I claim medical expenses credit by amending my previous years' tax returns?

I am filing my taxes very close to the deadline. I was hospitalized for most of last year and had a lot of medical expenses, which way exceed my income. I was wondering if I can claim credit for those ...
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1answer
217 views

Deducting medical expenses paid for someone other than yourself or spouse

Can I deduct medical expenses that I paid for my girlfriend's medical bills? She has about $1000 a month of medical bills (prescriptions etc) and is in between insurance. I've been covering it for the ...
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1answer
103 views

What is the procedure, and limit of medical expenses in order to claim for tax returns in US?

Since last year I have spent sufficient amount of money on medical bills (greater than $1500) as a result of 20% that I am supposed to cover under my insurance. My questions are: For an ...
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8answers
5k views

The doctor didn't charge the health insurance in time, am I liable?

I got a bill for an emergency room visit for one of my kids. It was the weekend and that was where the insurance told us to go. Luckily no stitches needed. Fast forward 7 months and I get a bill ...
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3answers
141 views

How long do you need to have High Deductible insurance before contributing to an HSA?

I am just about to leave my high deductible plan for a plan that is not HSA-eligible. As I understand it, I could max out my HSA for the year right now, and then I could use the money in my HSA for ...
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4answers
997 views

Pros/Cons of a Health Savings Account (HSA) in the USA?

I am wanting to know the real benefits or pros/cons of a HSA in the USA. I have now been given the option of signing up for one due to healthcare changes. I understand some of the basics, but after ...
5
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2answers
109 views

What are the most common subtleties of COBRA continuation health coverage?

I'm leaving my job at the end of the month. I'd like to continue my health insurance that was part of the company benefits. What are the most common subtle ins/outs or gotchas for someone ...
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1answer
139 views

COBRA eligibilty if employer changes providers at time of contract signing?

I have a contract from July to June. I am a teacher. At my meeting to discuss my position in September, I will probably be told that my hours are going to be reduced and I will no longer be eligible ...
5
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1answer
909 views

Retroactive COBRA Premium Increase: Can my COBRA health insurance premiums be hiked retroactively?

I hope this is the right place to ask this, but if not let me know and I'll go away. About 6 months ago I left a W-2 position to do independent consulting. Since then, I have been using my previous ...
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1answer
502 views

Difference between Health Savings Account (HSA) & Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

What is the practical difference between a Health Savings Account and a Flexible Spending Account? What are the pro's and con's of each, and are there situations where either is best?
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1answer
160 views

Do Americans still need extra health care / medical insurance after reform to health care? [U.S.]

Does the passage of the recent bill in the US change the way Americans budget for health care? If so who benefits?
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1answer
333 views

How can we use up our Flex Spending Account (FSA) before the end of the year?

My husband and I signed up for a Flex Spending Account for the first time this past year. We've got about $100 left over now, in mid-November, and I've been told that money will disappear if we don't ...