1099s are only issued if there were HSA disbursements (money used) during the tax year. The 5498 will be available beginning in May, but is not needed to file taxes.
If you had a health savings account (HSA) in 2019, your IRS 1099-SA Tax Form will be available by the end of January. You will receive an alert when your tax form is ready. If you chose to receive your form by mail, you will receive a printed copy to your mailing address in early February.
If you elected to receive your statement electronically, you can view, download and print it from this portal:
My Accounts - Benefit Account Summary - Account Resources Line, then click Tax Forms.
Click 1099-SA_1 to view, download or print your 2019 tax form.
NOTE: If your 2019 HSA distributions were $0, meaning you did not spend any HSA funds in 2019, you will not be issued a 1099-SA.
You may be accustomed to shortening the year when you write out a date on a document - like 1/30/20 - but you might want to think twice before you abbreviate the year 2020.
Abbreviating 2020 on checks or contracts could expose your to fraud risk. Bad actors are constantly looking for ways to alter documents for personal gain. The year 2020 presents an easy opportunity for fraudsters as the abbreviated form of the year allows a bad actor to fraudulently manipulate the duration of a contract or date on a check.
For example, if you write 1/1/20, it can easily be changed to 1/1/2021 and extend the life of a check or contract without your knowledge. Protect yourself by taking the extra second to write out the entire 2020 year.
For more information, check out this recent CNN article
Members on an Individual Health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) receive Form 1095-A from CMS.
Check out the following links to learn more about your prescription drug coverage and costs.
You probably have questions about when it’s the right time to start considering a Medicare plan. Maybe you’re still working and don’t have any plans to retire, but you’re close to turning 65, or you’re past your 65th birthday.
Questions you may have are:
We want you to have all the tools and resources you need so you can make a decision that’s best for you and your healthcare needs.
2020 is shaping up to be a big year for virtual visits, also known as "Telemedicine", and Humana’s behavioral health services through Doctor On Demand® are a major part of that—so be ready!
Beginning January 1, 2019, Doctor On Demand will be in network for Humana members to help treat non-emergent behavioral health issues like stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, and more. Members can securely video chat with board-certified psychiatrists and psychologists from wherever they feel most comfortable, and they can schedule appointments for one-time issues or ongoing treatment where they can choose to see the same clinician every time.
Check out the following resources for more information:
Doctor On Demand app or
*Cost will be determined by your benefit plan selection.
By Len Canter
TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever come home from a brisk walk feeling reinvigorated, you're not alone. Research shows that this is just one of many benefits of exercising outdoors.
Working out in a natural environment can also be more physically challenging, making your body work harder and bringing greater fitness results. This happens when, for instance, you're walking, hiking or running on natural terrain, which can vary in evenness and require more exertion than on a flat surface, such as a treadmill.
One study found that people get a variety of psychological boosts from building up a sweat outdoors. Participants were in a better mood and had more energy and less stress afterwards. They simply liked doing the same form of exercise more when they did it outdoors, in nature.
There are also benefits from the social interaction of exercising outside with a friend or in a group -- the enjoyment you feel makes it more likely that you'll plan more outdoor workouts.
If you have children, exercise with them to show them that fitness activities are fun. Family hikes and ski trips are great, but just being active with them at a park or playground counts, too.
And if you're caregiving for elderly parents, they, too, will benefit from time spent outdoors.
Get the entire family involved.
Beginning January 1, 2019, your Humana Spending Accounts will transition to a new technology platform known as Humana Access®. Humana Access will provide you with a simple, easy-to-use way to pay for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare and dependent care expenses. You will continue to get the same great tax advantages along with an improved debit card and more digital tools to manage your account(s).
What does the transition mean for you?
A new debit card that can be used with all the spending account(s) in which you’ve enrolled including the dependent care flexible spending account.
A new website and mobile app that offer a familiar online banking experience with more self-service tools so you can easily manage your account(s) anytime, anywhere.
(Please note: you will continue to manage your medical, dental and vision plans through MyHumana.com and the MyHumana mobile app.)
Online tutorials, videos and interactive calculators to answer your questions and help you get the most value from your spending account(s).
The same knowledgeable service you have always received from our Customer Care Center.
What happens next?
You will receive detailed information about this transition and what it means for you in a few weeks.
In late December, you will receive your new Humana Access Mastercard® debit card to replace your current Humana Access Visa® debit card.
On January 1, 2019, you can begin using your new debit card. You will also receive information on how to register your account on the Humana Access website and mobile app at that time.
We are excited to provide you a better way to manage your healthcare and dependent care costs. Please stay tuned for more information. If you have any questions about the transition in the meantime, you can contact our Customer Care Team at 1-800-604-6228 (TTY: 711), 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Eastern.
It may be Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to ghost your diet. Read on to explore our selection of healthy Halloween treats.
My name is Emily Jokisch and I am a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning coach. I’m here to answer your nutrition-related questions.
How do you adjust your diet/exercise routine to help burn fat rather than just lose weight?
I believe your question might be referring to gaining muscle while losing fat. There’s a lot of varying science behind it, but the idea is that if you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. However, when restricting calories, your body has to pull energy by “exciting” energy stores in your body – fat, glucose, and even muscle (protein). Although this allows your body to function properly, you will not only lose fat, but unfortunately some muscle as well.
Science does show that you can gain muscle while losing fat, but you have to focus on two main things: protein intake and weight lifting. Keep in mind that the number on the scale may not change much if you gain muscle while losing fat. Muscle is denser than fat, so in some cases the scale may even go up. The focus here is on decreasing body fat percentage.
To start, you need to figure out where you are now. If you already consume a lot of calories, you may need to cut back. If you do decide to cut calories don’t cut too much at once or you’ll be left with limited energy for exercise and with slowed metabolism. Skimping on protein in particular can leave next to nothing for your muscles to feed on after your workout. You don’t have to count calories; consider just eating mindfully and choosing filling, nutritious foods.
A recent study of 20 young men divided the subjects into two groups, with one group following a higher-protein diet than the other.* Both groups performed resistance and high-intensity interval training six days per week. By the end of four weeks, not only did the higher-protein group lose more body fat than the lower-protein group, but they also managed to gain muscle, despite eating fewer calories than their bodies needed.
However, this study focused on a small group of young men, and it may not work for you. It’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor and/or a dietitian before starting any exercise and diet regimen. However, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
There is no perfect diet or workout plan for everyone! So figure out what is good for you and stick with it! Start with something, even if it’s small. Ten minutes of resistance training is ALWAYS better than none. And remember that results do not happen overnight. Start with a small goal every couple weeks, learn to make it a habit, and you will create a healthier you!
by Shannon Spence
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables offers more health benefits than you can count on both hands, including lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, cancer prevention, lower risk of obesity and digestive problems, and improved blood sugar levels. Even more, eating the daily recommended doses of fruits and veggies will help you feel full longer and keep your appetite in check.
“There are so many people who rely on supplements and vitamins when we should be able to get most of what we need from our food,” says registered nurse and nutrition advocate Kristin Woodruff. “Make sure you’re getting as many colors on your plate as possible. That is the original multivitamin.”
While the research surrounding the effects of color on health is ongoing, here’s a look at the potential health benefits of tasting the rainbow with some help from Dr. David Heber, author of What Color is your Diet?
Health benefits - Contain lycopene , a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced risk of some cancers and protection against heart attacks
Sources - Tomatoes and tomato-based products; watermelon, pink grapefruit, guava, cranberries
Fun fact - Cooked tomato sauces may offer the most health benefits. The heating process allows the body to more readily absorb carotenoids, including lycopene.
Health benefits - Rich in anthocyanin, antioxidants that support a healthy heart and regulate blood pressure
Sources - Eggplant (especially the skin), blueberries, blackberries, prunes, plums, pomegranates
Fun fact - The richer the color, the riper the fruit/veggie. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant activity of all.
Health benefits - Contain lots of isothiocyanates, which live in the liver and help the body remove carcinogenic compounds; good source of vitamin K (essential for blood clot formation), folic acid, and potassium (helps lower blood pressure)
Sources - Broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, brussels sprouts
Fun fact - The isothiocyanates found in cruciferous vegetables may have cancer-fighting properties, particularly against colon and bladder cancers.
Health benefits - Rich in lutein, which is especially good for eye health; good source of vitamin C
Sources - Avocado, kiwi, spinach and other leafy greens, pistachios
Fun fact - Pistachios contain lutein in the green skin that surrounds the nut.
Health benefits - High in vitamin C and beta-carotene (good sources of antioxidants), which convert to vitamin A, a vital nutrient for vision and immune function as well as skin and bone health
Sources - Carrots, mangos, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots
Fun fact - Beta-carotenes may also help prevent some cancers, particularly lung, esophagus and stomach.
Health benefits - Rich in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that help the body combat free radicals
Sources - Garlic, onions, endives, chives, celery, pears
Fun fact - A recent study found that increasing your intake of white fruits (those with white flesh) may lower your risk of stroke.
As a Go365 member, you can earn up to 10 Points per week for tracking your fruit and veggie intake when you set a weekly food log in the Go365 App.
For more nutritional facts and information on how to select and store specific fruits and veggies, visit http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-and-veggie-color-list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has again earned top Gold status in the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Index, a self-assessment scorecard that measures the comprehensiveness and quality of a company’s workplace health program, and the overall heart health of its employees.
“Humana employees have embraced the common cause of well-being, and together we’ve achieved a heightened sense of purpose, belonging, health and security”Tweet this
The index, produced by the Association’s Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation, measures multiple organizational best practices and compares that data across peer companies. Humana scored in the 99thpercentile overall among over 1,000 companies, demonstrating excellence in multiple best-practice areas – including leadership, communications, programs, engagement and partnerships.
This is the second year that the AHA has offered Gold-level recognition, and the second year that Humana has been honored.
“Humana employees have embraced the common cause of well-being, and together we’ve achieved a heightened sense of purpose, belonging, health and security,” said Tim State, Senior Vice President of Associate Health and Well-being at Humana. “There’s tremendous energy and power that comes from thousands of unique and personal well-being journeys evolving into a social movement we share. That’s the Humana community, and we’re proud of our commitment to better care for ourselves, our peers and our customers.”
The Workplace Health Achievement Index fulfills the vision of the CEO Roundtable, which called on the AHA to deliver an evidence-based approach to measure and recognize success in improving employee health and the corporate culture of health. Research shows that comprehensive programs, policies and practices -- supported by leadership and fully implemented -- are associated with improved employee health and well-being.
Humana’s commitment to health and well-being is exemplified by the company’s Bold Goal -- to improve the health of the communities it serves 20 percent by 2020 by making it easier for people to achieve their best health.
Over five years, Humana employees led from the front on the Bold Goal, improving their own well-being and gaining 1.8 million more Healthy Days by the end of 2017 than they would have otherwise experienced.
Humana’s research shows that employees with high overall well-being experience three times less stress, miss three times less work, are less likely to look for another job, and are more engaged.
Despite aging five years, 63 percent of continuously employed Humana employees since 2012 reduced or maintained biometric health risks associated with chronic disease, reversing the expected trend.
Humana’s annual 100 Day Dash continues to unite and inspire employees, with more than 20,000 Dashers taking nearly 14 billion stepsthis year. And Humana’s health and wellness rewards program, Go365, offers personalized activities, tracking, support and rewards to encourage healthier lifestyles.
For more than half a century, Humana has cared for people and guided them toward their own best health. That sense of purpose continues to thrive among the company’s employees, making them stronger, healthier and more resilient.
Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.
To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.
More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at humana.com, including copies of:
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Humana Corporate Communications
Alan Player, 502-580-3031
What You Need to Know and How You Can Help
As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, the American Cancer Society says remarkable progress against the disease should not obscure the significant challenges remaining.
Thanks to largely stable incidence rates, improved treatment, as well as earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 39 percent between the late 1980s and 2015, translating into more than 300,000 breast cancer deaths avoided during that time.
Despite that progress, there's much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. There is still a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having higher death rates compared to whites, even as incidence rates are similar.
The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2018 are:
• About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
• About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
• About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer.
• While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the mortality rate is 42% higher among black women than white women.
At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)
• Numerous studies have confirmed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7%-10% for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average. Women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers.
• Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.
• Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than pre-menopausal women
• Limited but accumulating research indicates that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, particularly long-term, heavy smoking and among women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.
If you or someone you love are concerned about developing breast cancer, has been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society provides important information on these topics and more.
What the American Cancer Society is Doing
The ACS currently funds 155 multi-year grants focused on breast cancer totaling $60.2 million. We have played a key role in many of the advances against breast cancer, including funding early work that eventually led to the development of tamoxifen and Herceptin.
Join us and help save lives from breast cancer: Fund-raise and participate in one of more than 250 Making Strides events or participate virtually at makingstrideswalk.org.
The American Cancer Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is also working to make fighting breast cancer a national priority. ACS CAN is committed to ensuring that all women have the opportunity to receive lifesaving cancer screenings and services. Working in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., ACS CAN advocates for adequate funding for early detection programs that provide access to affordable breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured and under-insured women.
To learn more about ACS CAN's advocacy work and to help make fighting breast cancer a priority in your community, visit acscan.org/makingstrides.
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