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In a major boost for online sign-up strategies, the federal government has launched a site for its employees so that they can add dental and vision benefits for next year in a totally electronic environment.
Its official! The IRS confirmed expert estimates on the maximum contributions to Health Savings Accounts for 2007. While hitting the limits expected, the new numbers show the steady increase in maximum contributions.
United Healthcare is pioneering a new program in Ohio designed to help uninsured individuals between 35-54 obtain healthcare insurance.
High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) that are compatible with health savings accounts (HSAs) are no less likely to attract older enrollees than are more traditional forms of health coverage, according to a study released last month by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). The study is based on an online survey of 3,000 adults who were covered by either an account-based consumer-directed health (CDH) plan or by a more traditional PPO. The survey, conducted in August by Knowledge Networks for the association, queried Blues-plan and non-Blues-plan enrollees.
"This guidance removes some of the lingering concerns employers have had that HSAs would trigger responsibilities and liabilities under ERISA," says Roy Ramthun, President of HSA Consulting Services.
On Jan. 1, 2004 — the day health savings account-based health plans became available — tax laws in 17 states included "structural impediments" that made it difficult to pair a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with an HSA. That list has since been whittled down to just four: Alabama, Wisconsin, New Jersey and California.
Only 25% of Americans who search the Internet for health advice regularly check the source and date of the information they find to assess its quality, according to a survey released on Sunday by the Pew Internet Project.

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