health care

4 Major Changes to the Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare) in 2017 and Beyond

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With open enrollment for health insurance plans underway there have been a number of conflicting news reports about the status of ObamaCare and potentially dramatic increases in health insurance costs for the coming year. Here we’re going to explore 4 potentially major changes to ObamaCare in 2017 and beyond: There Will Be Fewer Insurance Providers Starting […]

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2016 Marketplace Health Insurance Plans & Prices Rising Under Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)

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[2016 updates] 2016 health insurance premiums under the state and federal health care system (Affordable Care Act) are rising. No doubt about that. The question is by how much. Recent reports and have a broad range (from 6% to 15%) as health insurance companies have started submitting requests to the regulator (insurance commissions) for big price increases in […]

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2017 ObamaCare Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to Offset Impact of Health Insurance Premiums

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[Updated for 2016 and 2017 qualifying income ranges] Under new health care laws (a.k.a ObamaCare or the Affordable Health Care Act) a new tax credit has been made available to millions of Americans who purchase insurance via  health insurance exchanges or marketplaces. You have to purchase the insurance via these official exchanges or marketplaces to get the […]

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2016 vs. 2017 Tax Penalty Amounts and Exemptions For Not Having Health Insurance Under ObamaCare

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President Obama’s health care reform plan, also known as ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act, is the law of the land now which means that all Americans with an income above a certain threshold have to purchase or have health insurance. The provision referred to as the individual mandate is what legally required most US citizens and […]

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Health Insurance Tax Credits to Help Millions of Middle-Class Families in Affordable Insurance Exchanges

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As part of new regulations under Obama’s health care legislation the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today took the next steps to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges – one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs and have the […]

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2016 and 2017 Flexible and Dependent Care Spending Accounts (FSA) Contribution Limits

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[Updated with 2017 limits] Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) have been around for a while now and many families use them as a tax advantaged way to save for health care and dependent care related costs. However every year various limits associated with FSA accounts are reviewed by the IRS and adjusted as needed. The table below summarizes the […]

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Buying Long-Term Care Insurance To Save For The High Cost of Assisted Living

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There’s a great deal of talk today about the “graying of America.” Thanks to advances in medical technology, many people are now living 20 or more years beyond normal retirement age. However, quite a few of these people must deal with poor health during those years. And, the increased longevity, coupled with expanded health care […]

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2010 Obama Health Care Rules Effective Now – Under 26 Dependent and Pre-existing Conditions Coverage

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With the passage of health care reform, a major political achievement for the Obama administration, Americans will finally start seeing the actual impacts of many of these new laws. These changes will only initially impact people who buy new policies or are in plans where the coverage year is about to expire. But by 2011 most […]

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Fiscal Cliff Deal and What’s Ahead in 2013 for Taxes on Income, Capital Gains, Dividends and Estates

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Congress and the Obama administration’s fiscal cliff deal means that 2013 federal tax rates will remain fixed for nearly 99% of the population. Only those earning $450,000/$400,000 (married/single) AGI will have a higher marginal tax rate in 2013, relative to 2012 levels. Below are the likely 2013 tax rates and inflation adjusted tax brackets (a slight […]

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How Individuals can Control and Cut Health Insurance Costs

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There has been a lot of debate over health care reform the past year and how to control rising health care costs.  While many experts are unsure whether the passed health care legislation will actually control costs, Americans can still work to control their own medical costs by shopping around for the most cost effective […]

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