Everything this year has a more casual feel to it, as people are working from home, wearing comfortable clothes, and looking at schedules (usually reserved for recreation) that are now wide open. Now it’s summer, which means there’s even more time for sitting outside and relaxing with a book. Of course, due to the current circumstances—masks, closings, reduced travel, insurance changes—our health is top of mind.
Let’s look at some recent popular reading choices that are great for benefits brokers, employers, HR professionals, and participants looking to gain a deeper understanding of the health care system today, and what’s coming in the future.
Though books that cover general health care topics aren’t eligible, some health benefits plans do cover books about specific medical issues. For instance, even though physicians are great resources, many patients want more details they can easily access and reference, like further information on a diagnosis or a medical condition.
As a result, if a patient’s plan allows it, physicians can write a Letter of Medical Necessity to give permission for reimbursement of the book through a health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). You can find more information on that topic here.
None of us predicted the events of 2020, and it’s always difficult to envision the future. People are making their health a priority, and learning about and managing health care has moved to the forefront. Let’s sit back, grab a book, and ease into something closer to normal.
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Carla Wardin lives in St Johns, Michigan, where she focuses her writing on the health and technology industries.