health insurance

How to Qualify for an HSA

by Michael on Nov 21, 2013 · 5 comments

In response to my recent post about high deductible health insurance plans, a reader named Mike asked the following: “I was wondering if you know what exactly qualifies as an HSA-compatible HDHP?” This is an excellent question. In Mike’s case, it was motivated by confusion on the Obamacare marketplace. In […]

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2013/2014 FSA Contribution Limits

by Michael on Nov 18, 2013

In writing about limited-purpose FSAs, I realized that I’ve never documented the annual contribution limits associated with regular (healthcare) flexible spending accounts. So here’s that info, with dependent-care limits included as a bonus. Prior to 2013, there was no federally mandated limit on FSA contributions. Rather, the limits determined by […]

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We’re in the midst of open enrollment, which means that it’s time to reconsider our health insurance options for next year. I’ve mentioned in that past that we have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), though I’ve never really discussed why we went with this option in the first place. We’re […]

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Making Use of a Limited-Purpose FSA

by Michael on Nov 14, 2013 · 1 comment

I’m currently going through the open enrollment process at work and wanted to shed some light on a topic that may be confusing to someā€¦ As you may or may not be aware, HSAs (i.e., health savings accounts) and FSAs (i.e., flexible spending accounts) are incompatible. More specifically, if you’re […]

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A reader named Chris just let me know that the U.S. Treasury has modified the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule relating to FSAs. In the past, when you had unspent funds left in your Flexible Spending Account at the end of the year, you lost them to your employer. Yes, your employer already […]

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By now, I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the troubles with Healthcare.gov, the online portal for buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (i.e., the ACA, or Obamacare). Curious as to what all the fuss was about, I decided to try it out myself and see if the […]

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Signing Up for Obamacare

by Michael on Oct 7, 2013 · 2 comments

A week or two ago, I received a letter from my employer detailing the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Apparently this notification, which included general information about the ACA as well as detailed information about our current coverage, is a requirement under the law. Why? Mainly […]

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With open enrollment is just around the corner, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight the new HSA contribution limits for 2014. As a reminder, an HSA (Health Savings Account) is a special, tax-advantaged savings account that you can use if you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). By […]

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