Five health care strategies for small businesses in 2017

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Only hours past the point where we thought that Republican leaders in Washington DC had reached an agreement on  minimalist proposal to begin “repeal and replace” of Obamacare, the measure known as “skinny repeal” (covered in my last blog post) has been defeated. Many of us went to bed last night thinking that the healthcare […]

Financial planning under health care reform

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The health care news from Washington DC was disheartening this week. Key Republicans are bashing the president for his lack of understanding of basic health care concepts. One Republican Senator reportedly called the president “clueless” after a one-on-one meeting. Meanwhile the president touts himself as a health care policy expert. For the est of us, […]

5 things we know about the Republican health care reform plan

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We know more about the Republican plan to reform national health care policy now that the Senate has released its ‘secret’ plan. These are a few things that are all but certain at this point: Obamacare will not be repealed or replaced. Both the House and Senate reform bills keep most features of the prior […]

How will you fare under the Senate health bill?

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Summary of Senate health bill’s effect on small businesses: eliminates requirement to be insured protects insurers in the marketplace shifts but retains tax credits lowers the number of people eligible for free or reduced price coverage cuts taxes for the wealthy suspends the ‘Cadillac Tax’ strips federal funding from Planned Parenthood is surprisingly light-weight; only about […]

Outrage over Senate’s health care reform bill spreads

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US Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey joined with many health care advisers, including myself, in expressing his outrage over the secretive process used to draft the replacement bill for health care reform that is apparently designed to hide the details from public scrutiny. I’ve been an advocate of health care reform and an active […]

Begin financial planning for health care changes now

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We expect major changes ahead to U.S. health care policy under the current federal leadership. We don’t know specifically what these changes will be and when the changes will come. Yet for those with chronic medical conditions, it makes sense to begin financial and legal preparations for the change now. One key aspect of the change […]

Worst threat ever to your personal financial security

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It’s now been more than 30 years since I finished my formal business education in health care administration and more than 20 years since wrapping up tax law handling of health and welfare benefits. I’ve applied this training in an unusual manner to address consumer financial planning issues as an independent adviser rather than actually working within the health […]