December 31, 2018
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News from Washington
No Signs of Talks as Shutdown Moves into Second Week
President Trump is hunkered down at the White House as the partial government shutdown enters its second week, with little signs of a deal on the horizon. Nothing is expected to happen until January 3, when Democrats retake the majority in the House.

‘Medicare for All’ Advocates Emboldened by Obamacare Lawsuit
Progressive groups and lawmakers plan to use a Texas judge's ruling against ObamaCare to jump-start their push for “Medicare for all” in the next Congress. Supporters of a single-payer health system are arguing that now is the time to start moving in a new direction from the Affordable Care Act

HSA Compliance Corner
IRS Releases 2019 Versions of HSA Reporting Forms
The IRS has released Forms 5498-SA and 1099-SA for the 2019 tax year, along with their combined instructions. The 2019 versions of these forms are largely the same as their 2018 counterparts. Filing and delivery deadlines have been updated, and a few nonsubstantive changes have been made.

Maximizing Your HSA
Getting the Most Out of Your HSA
Congratulations, you signed up for an HSA-eligible health plan. From how much to contribute to considerations for investing the money, here's how to use it to your advantage to save on your tax bills.

Over 55? Maximize Your Savings in This Tax-Advantaged Account
Once you're 55 and over, you can make a catch-up contribution of $1,000 to your HSA. That's where things can become complicated — especially for savers who are married and those who are approaching Medicare eligibility at 65. Here's where you're likely to hit complications when you're funding an HSA and how to overcome them.

Consumer-Driven Health Care
Hospital Prices: Full Cost Lists Must Be Published From January 1, New Federal Rule Says
Hospitals across the country have geared up to publish online price lists for all the medical services they provide, as a federal law takes effect on January 1. The new law, which was announced in April, should also make it easier for patients to get access to their medical records, according to officials.

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