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  • Do You Qualify for a Health Insurance Exemption?
  • Do You Qualify for a Health Insurance Exemption?

  • If you didn’t have health insurance in 2014, you could be on the hook for a penalty when you file your taxes. And if you fail to sign up for insurance during the current open enrollment period, you’ll also lock yourself into an even steeper fine for 2015. But what if you couldn’t afford health insurance, or you have religious reasons for opposing it? The law allows for exemptions —...
    What Could Happen to Health Insurance in 2015?
  • What Could Happen to Health Insurance in 2015?

  • WASHINGTON — The fate of President Barack Obama’s health care law again hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court weighs another legal challenge to the program, now covering millions of people. And a Republican-led Congress prepares for more votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ignoring threatened vetoes by the president. Five questions about health care for 2015: 1. What Does the Supreme Court...
    Bipartisan Bill Would Widen Federal Help for Disabled
  • Bipartisan Bill Would Widen Federal Help for Disabled

  • WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-sheltered bank accounts to pay for certain long-term expenses — the broadest legislation to help the disabled in nearly a quarter-century. The House was set to vote Wednesday on the bill, called the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, which stands out in a bitterly divided Congress for its wide support. First introduced...
    How to Select Health Insurance If You Travel Frequently
  • How to Select Health Insurance If You Travel Frequently

  • Of the factors to consider when choosing health insurance, your lifestyle is one of the most important. For the modern-day explorer or business road warrior, your frequent travel should be top of mind. Learning about new cultures and unexpected adventures are part of the thrill of travel, but they also come with risks. Sometimes your destination is not medically equipped, and the unexpected can turn into illness...
    If You Thought Taxes Were Bad This Year, Just Wait
  • If You Thought Taxes Were Bad This Year, Just Wait

  • No one looks forward to tax season. Even the people who make money from preparing returns grit their teeth because they know the stretch from January to April 15 will be long and hard. But it could be worse, right? Actually, it’s about to be, and that comes straight from the officials at the top. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen said that 2015 “will be one of the most complicated...
    FSA vs. HSA: What You Need to Know for Health Care
  • FSA vs. HSA: What You Need to Know for Health Care

  • Open enrollment season for health insurance brings attention to Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts. I’m a huge fan of the latter. Let’s look at both. First Came FSAs Flexible Spending Accounts have been around since the 1970s. Employers establish FSAs for their employees, and the account allows workers to contribute a portion of pre-tax earnings to pay for qualified health care...
    Opting Out of Obamacare? Here’s How Much It Will Cost You
  • Opting Out of Obamacare? Here’s How Much It Will Cost You

  • Open enrollment for insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act begins on Nov. 15. Between then and Feb. 15, you’ll be able to enroll in a new health care plan, re-enroll in the one you picked for 2014, switch plans, and apply for subsidies, depending on your income. Crucially, as HealthCare.gov points out, “If you don’t enroll in a health plan by Feb.15, 2015, the only way you can get health...
    Want to Work Past Age 65? Here’s What to Watch Out For
  • Want to Work Past Age 65? Here’s What to Watch Out For

  • Continuing to work after age 65 can certainly help your retirement finances. You can continue to save for retirement, your existing savings will have more time to grow before you begin withdrawals and the number of retirement years you need to pay for will be shorter. But there are a few ways employment after age 65 can hurt your retirement finances. Take care to avoid these problems when working after age 65. Signing...
    Obamacare Open Enrollment: 3 Must-Know Facts for Year 2
  • Obamacare Open Enrollment: 3 Must-Know Facts for Year 2

  • Open enrollment for health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Here are a few things you need to know to make sure you get the best deal that’s available to you. 1. You’re Not Stuck With Your Initial Plan Those who are satisfied with the current coverage typically don’t need to do anything to keep that coverage, as their insurance...
    Our Emergency Fund? It’s Already Topped By Our Medical Debt
  • Our Emergency Fund? It’s Already Topped By Our Medical Debt

  • Our health and our wealth are more closely tied than many of us realize. For example, you’re more likely to make necessary lifestyle changes to improve your health if you’re also saving for retirement. But a recent Bankrate.com study suggests that a big reason many American don’t save, even for emergencies, is because they have far too much health care debt. It’s not exactly news that...

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