Why Networks and Drug Formularies in Medicare Plans are Important

Why do I Need to Know Which Drugs are Preferred in my Insurance Formulary or Which Physicians are In Network? We ask what drug formularies and preferred providers are and why you need to consider them when choosing a Medicare plan or any health insurance policy. Every insurance plan has a list of which drugs…

ObamaCare Cost Assistance For 2017 Plans

Updated Cost Assistance Information for 2017 For 2017, shoppers can get three types of health insurance cost assistance under the ACA: Premium Tax Credits, Cost Sharing Reduction Subsides, and Medicaid/CHIP. Below is updated cost assistance information for 2017 plans, including all plans purchased during 2017 open enrollment Nov 1. 2016 – Jan. 31. 2017. TIP: Seniors…

HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Healthcare Arrangements

Employers can use Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Employer Payment Plans, and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to save money on healthcare. We take a look at healthcare arrangements to find out how they can benefits employers and employees alike. We will also look at how they affect employer and employee taxes and penalties. It’s important to understand…

What if my Employer Coverage has a High Deductible?

You can decline your employer’s offer and opt for a MarketPlace Health Insurance Plan. However, this probably won’t be more affordable for you unless you qualify for Health Care Subsidies. Since you’re offered an employer-sponsored plan, you will not be eligible for ObamaCare Cost Assistance subsidies unless the plan is unaffordable or inadequate.

ObamaCare Cadillac Tax (Excise Tax on High End Plans)

ObamaCare’s Cadillac Tax is a 40% excise tax on high end plans above $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for family coverage that was set to start in 2018 but was been delayed. This tax is not deductible. The excise tax is one of the main revenue sources for the ACA, helps curb healthcare costs, and…

Why Did Employer Premiums Go Up?

Smaller firms get tax credits that mean better employee benefits at better prices. However, some larger firms who had great plans going into 2014 saw rate hikes.

Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

Starting in 2015, employers who don’t offer qualifying coverage, will make a Employer Shared Responsibility Payment. Get simplified instructions on the fee below. This page covers employer responsibility under the ACA and the payment. For more details see Employer Mandate. What is Shared Responsibility? Shared Responsibility is part of the ACA’s Title I. Subtitle F—Shared Responsibility for…

Employer Tax Credit Form 8941 and Instructions

Employers can get a Tax Credit for up to 50% of their contribution to employee premiums by filing Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums. Get detailed HTML based instructions on Form 8941 from the IRS, simplified instructions ObamaCare’s employer tax credit form can be found below. What is Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums?…

Catastrophic Health Plans

If you are under 30 or obtained a “hardship exemption” you qualify for a high deductible, low premium, catastrophic plan. Catastrophic health plans are the cheapest plan you can get that counts as minimum essential coverage. Catastrophic plans can be good for those who want cheap, barebones care. Catastrophic plans tend to trade a low…

How to Compare Health Plans

Learn how to compare health plans to get the best deals on health insurance and health care. Compare your health needs with your plans costs and coverage, to find an affordable plan with benefits that are designed to cover you. No matter how you shop, and boy are there a lot of different options under…

What is Affordable Employer Coverage Under ObamaCare?

Understanding Affordability Exemptions for Individual and Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Under ObamaCare employer-sponsored coverage must cost no more than 8% (adjusted each year), after the employer’s contribution, to be considered affordable. If the amount exceeds 9.5% (adjusted each year), then the person can get an exemption to use the marketplace. This applies to employee-only coverage, family-member-only coverage, and…

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