House Passes Bill to Improve Access to HSAs

The House passed a bill July 6 to expand consumers’ access to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allow people with HSAs or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) to use money from those accounts to pay for over-the-counter medication. The “Restoring Access to Medication and Improving Health Savings Act” (H.R. 1270) would also reduce the threshold at… Read more »

Administration Expects “Modest” SHOP Enrollment Numbers

The Obama Administration has been telling reporters that it only expects “modest” enrollment figures for the federal Small business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges in 2014, according to reports.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attributes this primarily to the HealthCare.gov failings and the fact that the website will be down until later… Read more »

First Day of Open Exchanges Has Glitches and Millions of Visits

Today, the state Exchanges nationwide were open for business and individuals and small employers could begin looking at insurance plans offered on the Exchange.  While coverage would not begin until January 2014, this was the first opportunity for people to examine what plans were available and if they were as affordable as promised. This post… Read more »

A First Look at the DC Health Exchange

Front page image of DC Health Link site

The District of Columbia is requiring all small employers (those with fewer than 51 full-time employees) to join their health Exchange by 2015.  In part because of the requirements, the District has aggressively kept to the federal government implementation timeline and, despite running into some computer glitches that could delay some benefits, has previewed what… Read more »