Open enrollment time. Only one company in our area doing individual plans: AMbetter.
Cheapest policy is $1800 per month for our family of three. Deductibles are $7900/ person, $15000/ family.
AMbetter says the plan is NOT HSA compatible. I’m assuming this means we can’t deposit to HSA in 2019, but can use existing money in HSA if we need to.
How can a plan have deductibles this high and not be HSA compatible? I’ve talked to three insurance brokers (one of them was referred by the state medical association), and they all say AMbetter is the only option in our area. Is there another way?November 20, 2018 at 5:33 am MST #167749jfoxcpacfpModeratorStatus: Financial Advisor, Accountant, Small Business OwnerPosts: 7602Joined: 01/09/2016
An HSA-qualified plan must also have maximum OOP amounts that conform to IRS regs. For 2019, the OOP maximum for family coverage is $13,500. I would presume this is the sticking point for your plan (why don’t they make that change ?!?). Yes, you can use your HSA account but, no, you cannot continue to contribute to an HSA if it truly is not HSA compatible.
Your sole available option is horrendous. Are you stuck in that state?November 20, 2018 at 6:29 am MST #167758
We’re stuck here for the foreseeable future. The individual insurance options have gotten worse every year, and now we’re down to the one poor choice.
When I read about people retiring early, I wonder how it’s possible when health insurance premiums are so high. $1800 per month is literally more than our mortgage payment.November 20, 2018 at 11:55 am MST #167847jfoxcpacfpModeratorStatus: Financial Advisor, Accountant, Small Business OwnerPosts: 7602Joined: 01/09/2016When I read about people retiring early, I wonder how it’s possible when health insurance premiums are so high. $1800 per month is literally more than our mortgage payment.Click to expand…
In your state, they probably don’t (unless they have a pension with full health bene’s)November 20, 2018 at 11:57 am MST #167848jzParticipantStatus: PhysicianPosts: 652Joined: 01/09/2016
When I read about people retiring early, I wonder how it’s possible when health insurance premiums are so high. $1800 per month is literally more than our mortgage payment.
I recently attended a medical school reunion. Everyone with subsidized health policies were retired. eg. spouse worked for the state, MD worked for the state. All others are hanging on until Medicare.DMFAModeratorStatus: PhysicianPosts: 2126Joined: 06/24/2016
OOP max, aka catastrophic cap, is too high to qualify for HSA contributions.
That’s a garbage plan, huge premium for lousy benefits, unless there’s lots of stuff covered before hitting the deductible – in which case it’d be only bad, not garbage.
Is there *really* nothing better? Is *this* the state of health insurance?
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That appears to be the only option in our area of Missouri. If anyone knows a better option, please tell me; it’s why I posted.
I’ve looked every where I know how. Our area lost United Healthcare individual plans two years ago, anthem blue cross blue shield pulled out last year. We have cox health individual plan this year; they’re not doing individual plans in 2019.
I’ve contacted the state medical association who referred me to one of the three insurance brokers I’ve spoken to. They all say AMbetter is the only option.
I heard that some Missouri chamber of commerces are offering a MEWA plan for eligible businesses. You have to be a member of the chamber of commerce. I don’t think physician’s LLC’s qualify for membership, although I have sent an email to inquire.November 20, 2018 at 3:20 pm MST #167876BmacParticipantStatus: PhysicianPosts: 295Joined: 10/21/2017
Have you explored health share options? I know little about these, but this review from Michael Kitces site would probably be relatively informative and unbiased.
https://www.kitces.com/blog/healthcare-sharing-program-review-chm-medicare-lhs-samaritan-health-share-plans/caprivenkyParticipantStatus: PhysicianPosts: 34Joined: 11/27/2016
iam in Missouri and have a mewa plan- BCBS
1. Yes every one can join your local chamber of commerce – around 300$ fee for a year in my local Cof C
2. I don’t know whether you need one more employee to do a small business plan .
3 J W Terell is the organizers for these plan – look them up online and they will get you the right agent for your area .
hope this helps
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In the words of a wise man,
“Is there *really* nothing better? Is *this* the state of health insurance?”
Yes for anyone making more than $50k!
With the demographics, income and claims history available and the regulations, health insurance has the ability to “redline” counties and states.
Please note that no effort or data is publicized, advertised or promoted. It is nothing but bad news, a necessary evil. The data available manually punching in a zip code.
Employer healthcare (not necessarily good) and Medicare seem to work. Over 50% of the population doesn’t have that.
How would one live “like a resident” if residents and fellows had to pay for ACA healthcare plans? The middle class is getting crushed in the name of the uninsured.November 22, 2018 at 12:28 am MST #168958
How did you do insurance through the chamber?
My local chamber of commerce is saying that the BCBS plan is available for companies with 2 or more employees.November 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm MST #170176FlapperParticipantStatus: DentistPosts: 26Joined: 12/13/2018
I am not sure if this is the proper place to post this question and this is my first post. I have Medishare, a health cost sharing program that’s not insurance and evidently does not make me eligible to put money in an HSA for a stealth IRA agenda. I am a dentist, make about $200K/year, and have 2 kids under 3 years old. Is there any way to get around this with my current health plan? (Like we are able to get around the Roth IRA income cap via a back door Roth…) Thank you!December 13, 2018 at 10:15 am MST #173928Michael @ BattDouglasParticipantStatus: Financial Advisor, Insurance AgentPosts: 80Joined: 04/13/2018
Great question about funding the HSA without having an HSA compatible health care plan. (The IRS does not allow you to contribute to an HSA without having the corresponding health insurance.) There is no “conversion” option for an HSA account at this time for “new” money.
One area that may cause confusion as you browse the web: You may find references that say you are able to roll from an ira into an HSA once in your lifetime per http://www.irs.gov. However, this transaction has strings attached per the irs. If you are not eligible to contribute “new money” to an HSA, you cannot do this rollover. Furthermore, I suggest that anyone considering this type of transaction, consult a CPA before converting from a traditional ira into your HSA.
Thanks for sharing. This is a great question.
Michael Douglas CLU, CHFC, CFP with the BattDouglas Financial Group
Direct Phone: (216) 470.2728, [email protected]December 13, 2018 at 10:47 am MST #173958jfoxcpacfpModeratorStatus: Financial Advisor, Accountant, Small Business OwnerPosts: 7602Joined: 01/09/2016
I am not sure if this is the proper place to post this question and this is my first post. I have Medishare, a health cost sharing program that’s not insurance and evidently does not make me eligible to put money in an HSA for a stealth IRA agenda. I am a dentist, make about $200K/year, and have 2 kids under 3 years old. Is there any way to get around this with my current health plan? (Like we are able to get around the Roth IRA income cap via a back door Roth…) Thank you!Click to expand…
Sorry, the health-sharing plans are not compatible with any IRS benefits – only your budget. This has come up several times with clients. If you are at the lower end of the earning spectrum, they can make sense, but I question whether giving up the tax benefits for a qualified health plan makes sense for high-income professionals. It is a very personal calculation, based upon your costs for qualified health insurance and your medical expenses, of course.December 13, 2018 at 12:09 pm MST #173970FlapperParticipantStatus: DentistPosts: 26Joined: 12/13/2018
Thank you for the quick reply! I may need to shop around to see how the cost for qualified health insurance compares now as I have a $5K deductible and a $400 per month share premium that keeps creeping up. We are a healthy young family of 4…
Also, are not there a lot of other tax advantaged accounts that I can set up to hit a 20% annual savings rate for retirement. That comes to $40K per year savings. The solo 401 K is 18,500 and the back door Roth is 11K for my wife and I. Any other vehicles to use that I could get up to that 40K mark besides the HSA?
Thank you!December 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm MST #173981