Just what kind of health insurance do federal judges and Supreme Court justices have? That question seems fair to ask in light of U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling on Friday striking down the Affordable Care Act -- the 2010 law passed under President Barack Obama that expanded health insurance to millions of Americans -- as unconstitutional. O'Connor's decision looks certain to be appealed by a group of Democratic state attorneys general, first to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then likely to the Supreme Court.While the ACA's ultimate fate may depend on those courts, here's what to know about the health coverage federal judges and Supreme Court justices can typically expect.Hundreds of plan to choose fromLike the vast majority of federal employees of all ranks, the government's judges have the option of enrolling in plans offered by the Federal Employee Health Benefits system. It includes hundreds of plan choices throughout the U.S. -- far more than … [Read more...] about How does federal judges’ health insurance stack up?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by ByRobert Pear Nov. 5, 2018 WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have shut down a network of Florida companies that they say used aggressive, deceptive tactics to sell skimpy health insurance products that skirt requirements of the Affordable Care Act and left tens of thousands of people around the country with unpaid medical bills. “There is good cause to believe” that the Florida companies have sold shoddy coverage by falsely claiming that such policies were comprehensive health insurance or qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Judge Darrin P. Gayles of the Federal District Court in Miami said in a temporary restraining order issued last week at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. Telemarketers lured consumers through websites offering Trumpcare and Obamacare, using logos of … [Read more...] about Federal Officials Shut Down Sales of ‘Ruinous’ Health Insurance Plans
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned and funded undermine its credibility. The National Institutes of Health used money from the alcohol industry to help pay for a study that ultimately was expected to cost $100 million. Adding private money to taxpayer dollars for research is legal under certain rules. The problem: An NIH investigation concluded Friday that a small number of its employees had close contact with industry officials that crossed those lines. Some of those interactions "appear to intentionally bias" the study so that it would have a better chance of showing a benefit from moderate alcohol consumption, said NIH Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. Those employees, from the NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, then kept their interactions with industry secret, he said, after the NIH started the … [Read more...] about Health officials to end industry-funded study of alcohol’s possible health benefits
Employee health benefits can have huge value, but you may not be taking full advantage of yours.Drain your FSA early. Medical flexible spending accounts allow employees to put aside pre-tax money, typically through payroll deduction, for health care expenses. There's no requirement that the money be contributed before it's spent, however. •Let your HSA grow, but keep your receipts. Health savings accounts pair with high-deductible health insurance plans and were designed to help people pay those deductibles. HSAs, however, offer a rare triple tax break: Contributions avoid federal income taxes, grow tax-deferred and are tax-free when spent on qualified medical expenses.Use COBRA to retire (a little) early. If your employer has been paying part of your premiums, the cost for COBRA coverage may come as a shock. Employers subsidize an average 82 percent of the tab for individual insurance and 69 percent for family coverage, according to a 2017 Kaiser Family … [Read more...] about How to hack your employee health benefits
Updated 6:43 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) Photo: AP Liz Weston: How to hack your employee health benefits 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Employee health benefits can have huge value, but you may not be taking full advantage of yours. Here are three hacks that can help you get more out of what your company offers. DRAIN YOUR FSA EARLY Medical flexible spending accounts allow employees to put aside pre-tax money, typically through payroll deduction, for health care … [Read more...] about Liz Weston: How to hack your employee health benefits