High Deductible Health Plans have become very popular over the past few years as insurance premiums have continued to rise. High deductible plans allow you to use an H.S.A. or Health Savings Account to manage your upfront expenses. Each year, the IRS sets the contribution limit for funds that you are allowed to put into your H.S.A. bank account. If you don’t pay attention to the contribution limits each year, you put yourself at risk of paying extra taxes to the IRS – let’s be honest, no one wants to do that! Continue reading “H.S.A Contribution limits and what you need to know”
It’s certain that the next few years will see some significant changes in the American health insurance system. With price fluctuations and carriers coming in and out of the market, it’s been difficult for families to budget. Currently, there is one program that will help you reduce monthly fees and get a tax break: Health Savings Account (HSA). Here’s what you need to know about HSAs, and how they’re changing in 2017. Continue reading “Health Savings Accounts in 2017 — Your Questions Answered”
It’s not often that the government gives you a break on your taxes worth thousands of dollars over several decades, and it would be foolish indeed not to take advantage of it. But that is apparently what a surprising number of Americans are doing year after year by ignoring the tax benefits of an Individual Retirement Account, or IRA. Although there are different types of IRAs with different restrictions, they all basically allow you to put away a sizeable chunk of your income each year and avoid paying taxes on any gains you earn on it for as long as you hold the account, which is usually until you retire. Continue reading “IRAs – Why You Should Have One!”
The trend toward employers offering high-deductible health plans (HDHP) — and no other option — seems here to stay, like it or not. HDHP coverage is growing at a 15% pace, annually. In 2005, such plans covered 1 million people. Now, they cover more than 15 million, including 10% of those in Connecticut who are under 65 and have private insurance.
Some consumers fear a HDHP because they worry about being on the hook for that deductible, should they need significant medical care. The silver lining, though, is the ability to pair an HDHP with a tax-advantaged Health Savings Account (HSA).