Questions tagged [healthcare]

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What is the benefit of a private healthcare insurance in the UK?

Context I am a alien living in the UK (England, more precisely). I have right to permanent residency, (so) I benefit from the NHS. As background for those not familiar with the UK, all health ...
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What is the best way to finance medical screenings for a non-resident alien?

My dad is coming to visit me from a country with a very poor medical system. The kind of system where senior citizens don't get much attention from doctors at all and pretty much left to die from ...
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Can you purchase medical/dental insurance after you know you will use it?

Currently I do not have dental insurance with my job. I just found out I need some major work :( Can I still get dental insurance and have it save me money? I know it's possible to get dental ...
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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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Which tax year for healthcare bill if incurred and paid in different years

If I get healthcare bills in 2018 but pay them in 2019 to which year’s tax returns do they belong?
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Does Dependent Care FSA limit reset if I change jobs?

Let's say I have contributed and used $5,000 in 2018 for my dependent care FSA. Late in the year, I get a new job. Can I contribute to the new account for 2018? According to Zenefit, the healthcare ...
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Can we have both HSA and DCFSA

I was covered by my wife's HDHP with HSA plan from her employer with a deductible of 2500 (individual)/5000 (family). We recently became parents of a beautiful baby girl.I want to opt for health ...
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Coordination of Benefits With Multiple Health Insurance

I would like to understand how two health insurance companies will co-ordinate their payment. Let's take the following example a person with the following coverage: Primary health insurance: (...
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S-Corp - Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) vs Individual Policy Through Marketplace For One Person

I have a one person S-Corp. I am currently purchasing an individual health insurance plan through the federal marketplace, but would like more plan options. I know that SHOP (Small Business Health ...
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Car Insurance - Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury With Personal Health Insurance

I have comprehensive health insurance with a relatively low out of pocket. I noticed that the "Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury" add-on for my car insurance has limits of $100,000 / $300,000. In the ...
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HSA debit overlaps PreAuthorization

I just checked my HSA account after using my debit card for a bi-annual dental cleaning, and the numbers weren't adding up for my expected balance. The debit card transaction is still pending, but the ...
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Co-enrolled in HSA and Non-HSA health plans

I was unemployed for all of 2017. So, during open enrollment for 2018, my girlfriend’s company agreed to put me on her HSA health plan as a domestic partner. She and her company were contributing to ...
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Minimizing medical costs with HSA

After landing a new job, I opened a health savings account (HSA) in February 2019. I decided to contribute $1 of my pay per pay period to my HSA. However, I can change my contribution amount at any ...
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Does COBRA make sense anymore with the ACA?

I recently changed jobs. Job 1 ended in March, and Job 2 started immediately after the end of Job 1. The health insurance provided by Job 1 continued to the end of March. The health insurance coverage ...
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Is there a public formula or algorithm for out-of-pocket healthcare cost?

Essentially, what I'm looking for is a simulation of out-of-pocket cost as a function of a health insurance plan and an arbitrary sequence of medical events -- in other words, a computational model of ...
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Health insurance deduction - better to buy through S-Corp or individually?

I have a S-Corp that I can buy myself insurance through. If my monthly coverage costs $380, is it more advantageous for me to purchase this insurance through my S-Corp and then use it as an employee ...
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Health insurance payment does not match up explanation of benefits. What's going on?

My wife and I utilized the services of a chiropractor who happened to be out of network with my insurance provider (will name in an edit if it is important). My Explanation of Benefits says that out-...
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HSA - Continue to Invest?

I have an HSA that allows me to invest the money in the account in the stock market. Any money not invested is available to be used for health expenses. I currently have ~50% of the total balance of ...
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How can I get a job without pushing my family's income into a higher tax bracket?

I live in Seattle and turn 18 before the year's end, and I'm told my family has an income such that if I get a job and make more than $1000, then I would push my family into a higher tax bracket. ...
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What happens if I can't pay money to my health insurance company?

I have a health issue for which I have to go into treatment for 4 to 6 weeks. When I called my insurance about the benefits, I was told that after treatment, I will owe $5000 to my insurance company ...
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How are FSAs handled when you change jobs?

For my 2019 benefits from my company I enrolled for $1000 in an FSA account. So as of Jan 1 I have $1000 available to spend, but in late Feb. I changed jobs and I have one more check being issued to ...
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Rational risk-assessment decision framework: Should I buy health insurance?

Update: I've posted a sub-question on the math stack exchange to help answer part of this primary question. Sub-question: Toy problem: How much should I rationally be willing to pay for this ...
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Using a healthcare Flexible Spending Account at the same time as a Health Savings Account?

Here is my situation: I have the high deductible insurance plan. The coverage includes my wife, dependent daughter and mysef. I contribute to an HSA. My wife has her own insurance through her ...
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HSA withdrawals for past years?

A hypothetical individual living in the US opened an HSA account in 2016. She was enrolled in a high deductible health care plan in 2016, 2017, and 2019. She kept records of all her qualified medical ...
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Medical expenses tax deductions - billed vs. paid

In the USA, total medical expenses above a threshold may be deducted from taxes. If a medical expense occurs in December and the bill is paid in January, for tax purposes, does this expense occur in ...
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Can I pay myself back later in the year if my HSA doesn't have adequate funds earlier in the year to pay for an expense?

We are being offered an HSA/High Deductible plan and my only concern would be if I had to incur a significant expense at the beginning of the year - no plans to but you never know, right? If I don't ...
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money transfer to US for medical treatment

I am going to the US for medical treatment for which I need to pay INR 25 lakhs to a hospital. What is the procedure to transfer the money? What is the limit per transfer? Is the transfer taxable?
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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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How does a pharmacy discount card work?

There are many companies in the United States that advertise a plan to consumers, promising to lower their costs for prescription drugs. These plans go by several names such as "pharmacy discount ...
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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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FSA or Personal HSA

Our employer (a hospital) only offers an FSA. Which recently switched when the insurance company changed. I am having to fight tooth and nail and spend hours submitting forms, phone calls and ...
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Can your employer take back HSA contributions?

Employer established a HSA and made a one time contribution of $750 per employee and spouse or dependent for total of $1500. Can employer withdraw moneys from employee's HSA debit card account? Say ...
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What is the rationale behind an FSA being “Use it or Lose it”?

One of the biggest gripes most people have with the Flexible Spending Account is the rule that you must "Use it or Lose it". This can lead to people frantically running around just before their money ...
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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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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 ...
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Why did I receive a 1095-C from one employer and a 1095-B from another?

I changed jobs in May 2017. My former employer sent me a 1095-C tax form and my current, substantially larger employer sent me a 1095-B. Why might I not have received a 1095-C from my current employer?...
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What is the difference between Health, Medical and Life Insurance (India) and Which one I should take my self and which one for my wife?

What is the difference between Health, Medical and Life Insurance (India) and Which one I should take my self and which one for my wife? I want to take insurance for safety + tax saving purpose. What ...
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Insurance company incorrectly paid for several visits now rejects

My insurance company has been accepting and paying claims for several months and suddenly the identical billing code was rejected recently. I called the insurance company to find out why the claim was ...
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Do birth defects in children count as pre-existing conditions?

My family is shopping for new insurance at the moment. We reside in the United States, Georgia specifically. We have had insurance continuously since she was born. My daughter, born in 2011, was born ...
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Can I deduct the cost of an out-of-pocket medical visit on my taxes?

Say I visit a specialist -- like an orthodontist -- without any insurance. I pay for everything out-of-pocket -- no insurance/deductibles/payment sharing plans/etc. I pay several thousands for the ...
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Could my insurance company be giving my healthcare providers kickbacks?

This may seems like a far-fetched conspiracy theory, but this has happened to me twice now... Scenario goes like this: My insurance policy covers X but not Y (or X has a lower deductible than Y). I ...
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Ballpark salary equivalent today of “healthcare benefits” in the US?

For my friends in the US, when considering positions (this applies to either salary or contract positions) I've heard it's sometimes along the lines of, you can have X with healthcare, or Y with no ...
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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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ACA - Excess Premium Tax Credit Repayment - S Corp

I started an S corp this year. I'm the only owner and only employee. I bought insurance via the marketplace under my name and the company reimbursed me. I underestimated my income when I signed up on ...
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EOB says I owe $4500 but provider says I do not

So I have this weird situation where I went to the dentist for a root canal and they filed a claim for my insurance. Now, on the EOB they've charged an excessive amount of money ($1500 for xrays) and ...
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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 ...
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How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) work?

For people purchasing insurance over the exchanges are the savings factored into the cost that they'd be paying already or are they tax credits? ie. if you have a $1,000 USD plan and was going to ...
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Is it worth saving HSA funds until retirement?

I recently discovered that there is no lifetime limit to contributing to an HSA account - provided that you don't contribute more than the limit per year. Assuming that an individual makes a decent ...
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My employer changes the fsa plan year. What happens to me?

My employer will change from a July-June plan year for my fsa to a January to December plan year. I have already used up a 2500 dollar allowance for July 2015 to June 2016. What does this mean for the ...
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Healthcare mileage deduction for IRS Tax calculation

Turbo tax prompted me to enter miles traveled to healthcare visits. I traveled to physical therapy over 40 times last year so I have a fair amount of miles I could add. My question is should i ...