The introduction of high deductible health plans in 2003 drastically changed the employer sponsored health care plan landscape. A change in the tax code encouraged employers to experiment with offering these plans. In addition to reducing costs to employers, the idea behind these plans was that by educating employees and have them bear increased costs… Continue reading High Deductible Health Plans: Is the Landscape Changing?
This week, the federal government, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has published its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) second edition. These guidelines (the first study was unveiled in 2008) describes what constitutes physical activity and its relationship to health and well being. According to the report, “Approximately 80% of US adults and… Continue reading Want to Know How to Stay Healthy? Ask the Government
To say the least. Preexisting conditions and the ability to access and keep health insurance is one of the most, if not the most, critical issues on Tuesday. It may be the most important provision of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA, however, and other protection for preexisting conditions that came before it, could be… Continue reading Midterm Elections and Preexisting Conditions: Confused?
Eighty-five percent of large employers who offer health insurance now include a wellness program in their suite of employee benefits. These programs are designed to help people stop smoking, lose weight, and add other health actions, according to a 2017 survey by Kaiser Family Foundation. In recent years, many of these programs include medical screenings… Continue reading Is Workplace Wellness Sick?
That depends. When HSAs became available in 2004 as a complement to high deductible healthcare plans, the premise was that individuals and families could make tax-deductible contributions and use the funds to pay unreimbursed medical expenses. With the increase of high deductible health plans as an option, and in many cases the only option for… Continue reading HSAs: Health Care or Retirement Savings?