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How can I get a job without pushing my family's income into a higher tax bracket?

The tax return of a dependent does not flow to the parents return. Earned income is taxed at your own rate, up to $12,000 tax free. for your own standard deduction, but unearned income is taxed at ...
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Is US health insurance just a terrible deal overall for a healthy young adult?

The goal of the health insurance decision is probably the same for everyone: Get a reasonable amount and quality of healthcare services for the lowest total cost. I'd disagree with that goal. The ...
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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

I think the key to this question is your last sentence, because it's applicable to everyone, high net-worth or not: How would one determine whether they are better off without insurance? In ...
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How can I get a job without pushing my family's income into a higher tax bracket?

To be clear, this has nothing to do with tax brackets. (There's a longstanding belief that getting into a higher income bracket will increase taxes on all your income, when that bracket just applies ...
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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

Yes, and the math that tells you when is called the Kelly Criterion. The Kelly Criterion is on its face about how much you should bet on a positive-sum game. Imagine you have a game where you flip a ...
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Why is the monthly premium of one medical insurance plan over TWENTY times of another?

Without reading both company's benefit plan materials in detail, it is impossible to know for sure. My wager, however, is that your partner's company pays a much larger share of the premium amount ...
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Insuring body parts

You can get insurance for most anything, individual body parts included. It's not particularly difficult, but you may find the bill disagreeable. The more specialized your coverage the smaller the ...
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Is it mandatory to have health insurance?

The individual mandate is still in effect for 2018, which means you have to have qualifying health coverage or pay a fine--I can't find the penalties for 2018 but for 2017 it was the greater of 2.5% ...
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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

There are 2 maxims that help make sense of insurance: never insure anything you can afford to replace always insure anything you can't afford to lose Following those 2 rules, "normal" insurance ...
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Are the HSA and FSA bad deals?

So who are these accounts for? What kind of person would look at an FSA or HSA account and think, "that's a great deal"? FSA: Those who have recurring expenses, or planned procedures this ...
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Dental insurance isn't really a type of insurance?

Why are companies passing on so much risk to individuals, when they don't do so for other types of insurance such as houses that can cost upwards of a million? Because houses don't routinely go on ...
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Is US health insurance just a terrible deal overall for a healthy young adult?

There are three reasons for the unattractiveness of your options: (1) The US has been experiencing extraordinarily severe healthcare inflation for generations. In 1980 our spending as fraction of GDP ...
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Do I have to pay a medical bill when the ER never submitted it for an insurance claim?

Waiting two years is weird. However it's possible that this whole thing got a 15-month "pause" because of the pandemic, and that would make the timing more plausible. Regardless, do not let ...
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Doctor won't let me self-pay because I've "already presented" them my insurance card?

Is this legal? They are basically refusing me treatment unless I pay the higher "insurance" price. It is legal, since the "list price" is likely much higher anyway and they're not ...
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Short term health insurance between jobs

COBRA continuation is likely not the optimal move at this time. Employer-sponsored coverage subsidized by an employer, unless the available plans are absolutely awful, will likely result in a lower ...
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Is there any upside in keeping a physical copy of one's health insurance membership card in the United States, or is a scan of it enough?

This should normally be fine, most insurance companies contracts allow you present your card in physical or digital form. Additionally there is no law requiring a physical card. However this can ...
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Do I have to pay a medical bill when the ER never submitted it for an insurance claim?

In addition to Harper's answer, if the insurance company also gives you the runaround, here are some reasonable next steps: Write down everything. Focus on the facts; don't editorialize or write your ...
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Is it worth submitting an out of network claim if it won't meet my deductible?

It could be worth it, because even if you expect all other care this year to be in-network, what if you end up needing other out-of-network services out of necessity? If you prefer to not go through ...
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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

The point of insurance is to trade high variable costs for much lower fixed costs. The question isn't whether you can afford what would be a catastrophic event for anyone else, but whether it would be ...
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Can I take the self employment healthcare deduction if I get my insurance through my employer?

The amount the employee pays for health insurance premiums is not included in your W-2 Box 1 income. As a result, it is automatically deducted, and you do not pay tax on that portion of your income. ...
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Do birth defects in children count as pre-existing conditions?

No. Since 2014, the concept of pre-existing conditions affecting coverage or rates no longer exists in the US: Under current law, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you or charge you ...
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Health insurance coverage canceled due to mistake. Can it be corrected?

HR told us nothing could be done to correct it. Is this true? Probably not. I think it helps that only 11 days (now 12) has passed since coverage ended. It's possible the (incorrect) premium hasn't ...
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Where can I get my girlfriend health insurance?

She should check with her school. They may offer low cost insurance coverage. I had an ex who years ago got her insurance through her college. I don't remember if it covered the year or the semester, ...
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How can I get a job without pushing my family's income into a higher tax bracket?

I feel like it's worth talking about the "tax bracket" part of this question, as it's a common misconception. Let's suppose we're dealing with a simple tax system with two brackets: 20% up to $100,...
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Laid off. Had FSA overages that I wasn't aware of. Can they collect?

Possibility 1: Reimbursement exceeds contributions You elect to contribute $1,200 to the FSA ($100 a month). In February, you submit $2,000 worth of expenses. You are reimbursed $1,200. In March, ...
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Laid off. Had FSA overages that I wasn't aware of. Can they collect?

It depends on what you mean by “overages.” FSA plans have a feature called “uniform coverage.” When you sign up for the plan with your employer, you are signing up for coverage up to a certain dollar ...
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Can I afford to take this job's high-deductible health care plan?

My opinion is that, in general, the HDHP+HSA is usually a better option for both the employee and employer than a traditional health plan. But of course, the details vary. Besides knowing the premium ...
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Is US health insurance just a terrible deal overall for a healthy young adult?

You don't have any chronic health issues... yet. You can find out tomorrow that the genetic lottery has given you some sort of rare genetic defect. You can get cancer at any time, you can get in a car ...
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Can you just cancel a health insurance plan and buy a new one at any time?

In the United States you only have two ways to switch insurance: during an annual open season in the period around a qualifying life event. This is to force people to maintain their level of ...
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Is it mandatory to have health insurance?

I see this sort of misconception flying around. "Well the health insurance takes my money, makes a profit, and pays me only if I need it, otherwise I 'lose' money. Clearly, I would be better off ...
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