From the Archives: A Healthy Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the longer, warmer days mean fresh peaches, berries and peppers are finally in season.

Many of us enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend and will host – or attend – an outdoor party. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or heading out for a picnic at the park, our collection of healthy Memorial Day recipes is delicious for every celebration.

Mediterranean Portobello Burger
Topped with a luscious Greek-style salad.

Find the recipe here.

Barbeque Raspberry Hoisin Chicken
A wonderful Chinese-inspired marinade and dipping sauce.

Find the recipe here.

Country Potato Salad
Updated with nonfat buttermilk in place of mayonnaise.

Find the recipe here.

Seven Layer Salad
A makeover of a Midwestern classic.

Find the recipe here.

EatingWell Deviled Eggs
Replaces some of the egg yolks with nonfat cottage cheese.

Find the recipe here.

Peach Custard Pie
Low-fat milk and nonfat Greek yogurt comprise the creamy custard.

Find the recipe here.

Health Care Reform Law Gaining Popularity

Editor note: This article was originally published here.

An April Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that support for the health care reform law surged among respondents who said they were Democrats.

Regardless of political affiliation, opposition to the 2010 health care reform law has dropped, according to a new survey.

The poll, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that in April 43% of respondents had a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, while 42% had an unfavorable view and 14% didn’t know.

By contrast, in January 2014, 50% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the law, while just 34% had a favorable view and 16% didn’t know.

Support for the law surged among respondents who said they were Democrats. For example, last month 70% of respondents who said they were Democrats said they had a favorable view of the health care reform law, while just 16% had an unfavorable view, and 14% didn’t know.

That’s a big pickup in support compared to January 2014 when 58% of Democratic respondents had a favorable view of the law, 26% had an unfavorable view, and 15% didn’t know.

While Republicans still overwhelmingly have an unfavorable view of the law, opposition has declined since 2014.

For example, last month, 75% of respondents who said they were Republicans said they had an unfavorable view of the law, while 16% had a favorable view, and 9% didn’t know.

By contrast, in January 2014, 81% of GOP respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the law, while 9% had a favorable view, and 10% didn’t know.

The pickup in support for the law coincides with a big improvement in a key feature of the law: the creation of public insurance exchanges in which lower-income individuals can use federal premium subsidies to purchase coverage.

In January 2014, many of the exchanges were still suffering from technology-related problems that made it difficult for applicants to smoothly choose from exchange plans and obtain coverage.

Today, those problems, observers say, have largely eased. During the latest 2015 open enrollment season, nearly 11.7 million people selected plans in the federal and state health insurance exchanges, the U.S. Department of Health and Services reported In March, a big jump over last year’s open enrollment season when just over 8 million opted for exchange coverage.

In all, 14.1 million previously uninsured adults have gained coverage due to the health care reform law since October 2013, HHS said.

The Kaiser polls are conducted by telephone and have between 1,200 and 1,500 respondents.

IRS sets 2016 Health Savings Account contribution limits

Editor note: This article was originally published on May 5, 2015 by Business Insurance and can be found here.

The maximum contributions that can be made to health savings accounts in 2016 will increase $100 for families, but remain unchanged for individuals.

The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that the maximum contribution that can be made next year to an HSA linked to a high-deductible plan will be $6,750 for employees with family coverage, up from $6,650, while the maximum contribution for those with single coverage will remain at $3,350.

However, maximum out-of-pocket expenses will increase in 2016 for both categories.

Maximum out-of-pocket employee expense, including deductibles, will rise $100 next year to $6,550 for single coverage, and increase $200 next year to $13,100 for family coverage.

For 2016, a high-deductible health plan is defined as a one with an annual deductible of least $1,300 for self-only coverage and $2,600 for family coverage.

Increases in the HSA limits, which are detailed in Revenue Procedure 2015-30, are tied to changes in the cost of living.

Learn more about Health Savings Accounts.

HSAs: Client Success Story – Practice Fusion

In our latest video, the Benefits Manager & HRBP at Practice Fusion discusses the benefits they’ve seen from their Health Savings Account program with Sterling Administration.

Learn more about HSAs and Sterling Administration.

Watch HSAs: Client Success Story – LA Mission here.
Watch HSAs: Client Success Story – Northern California Teamsters Trust here.