August 15, 2019
This week, Consociate Health celebrates our 9-year anniversary with Ault International Medical Management.
Thank you Nurse Deb Ault and Chris Ault for a productive day planning our future to disrupt the industry, not the employees.
We are grateful for this impactful strategic partnership with AIMM that has delivered impressive ROI results, and look forward to what it will bring to both of our organizations in the next 9 years.
August 5, 2019
Health officials issued a final rule that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).
Effective in 2020, the final rule establishes two new types of HRAs:
Individual Coverage HRA: Allows employers to offer an HRA to be used to reimburse the cost of individual market premiums on a tax-preferred basis, subject to certain conditions, as an alternative to traditional group health plan coverage.
Excepted Benefits HRA: Allows employers that offer traditional group coverage to provide an HRA of up to $1,800 per year (as adjusted) to reimburse certain qualified medical expenses.
Talk to us to learn more about the specifics of these new plan designs.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order aimed at improving price and quality transparency in health care. The order is intended to increase availability of health care price and quality information and protect patients from surprise medical bills.
What’s in the Order?
Specifically, the order is aimed at:
- Eliminating unnecessary barriers to price and quality transparency
- Increasing the availability of meaningful price and quality information for patients
- Enhancing patients’ control over their own health care resources, including through tax-preferred medical accounts
- Protecting patients from surprise medical bills
Within 120 days, the order directs the Treasury to issue guidance to expand access to high-deductible health plans.
Additionally, the order directs the Treasury to propose regulations within 180 days to:
- Treat expenses related to certain types of arrangements—potentially including direct primary care arrangements and health care sharing ministries—as eligible medical expenses
- Increase the amount of funds that can carry over without penalty at the end of the year for flexible spending accounts
To learn more about how this order might affect you, speak with us today.
July 19, 2019
The IRS recently announced that limits for health savings account (HSA) contributions will increase for 2019. The high deductible health plan (HDHP) maximum out-of-pocket limits will also increase for 2020. The HSA contribution limits will increase effective Jan. 1, 2020, while the HDHP limits will increase effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2020.
These limits vary based on whether an individual has self-only or family coverage under an HDHP.
Because the cost-sharing limits for HDHPs will change for 2020, employers that sponsor these plans may need to make plan design changes for plan years beginning in 2020.
Also, if an employer communicates the HSA contribution limits to employees as part of the enrollment process, these enrollment materials should be updated to reflect the increased limits that apply for 2020.
The following chart shows the HSA and HDHP limits for 2020 as compared to 2019. It also includes the catch-up contribution limit that applies to HSA-eligible individuals who are age 55 or older, which is not adjusted for inflation and stays the same from year to year.
2020 HSA Contribution Limit
• Family – $7,100 (up $100)
• Self-only – $3,550 (up $50)
2020 HSA Catch-up Contributions
• Age 55+ – $1,000 (no change)
2020 HDHP Minimum Deductible
• Family – $2,800 (up $100)
• Self-only – $1,400 (up $50)
2020 HDHP Maximum Out-of-pocket Expense Limit
(Deductibles, copayments and other amounts, but not premiums)
• Family – $13,800 (up $300)
• Self-only – $6,900 (up $150)