The IRS has released the 2020 HSA limits

June 10, 2019


Annual HSA Contribution Amounts
2019 2020 Coverage Level
$3,500 $3,550 Individual
$7,000 $7,100 Family
$1,000 $1,000 Catch-up (Age 55+)


Annual Maximum Out Of Pocket Limits for HDHP
2019 2020 Coverage Level
$6,750 $6,900 Individual
$13,500 $13,800 Family


Annual Minimum Deductible Amount Limits for HDHP
2019 2020 Coverage Level
$1,350 $1,400 Individual
$2,700 $2,800 Family

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Classroom Ethics Course

October 15, 2018

All Illinois resident producers are required to complete 24 hours of CE with 3 of those hours consisting of classroom ethics. Resource Brokerage, LLC will be holding an ethics classroom presentation that fulfills the state’s requirement. The program will consist of an in-depth discussion of ethics as they pertain to the independent insurance agent.

The program is designed to be interactive and the instructor encourages class attendees to participate in discussions of the different ethical/unethical scenarios that will be presented.

Classroom Ethics Course:

Monday, October 22, 2018     9:00am to Noon

Schaumburg Corporate Conference Center Conference Rooms A and B. 1501 E. Woodfield Road Schaumburg, IL 60173

RSVP below or via phone to Judy Wrigley: 847-598-0039


Additional Details:

For brokers (or assistants) that have produced for us in the last two years, there is no charge IF REGISTERED IN ADVANCE. For all other interested individuals, a non-refundable $60 registration fee will be charged (exception: if you place a piece of business through our agency within 60 days of the seminar, the registration fee will be refunded to you).

Same day registration (subject to availability): $80 cash or check. No discounts will be honored for same day “walk ins”.


Combined, Aggregate, Embedded—What Does BCBSIL Mean?

March 19, 2010


On your BCBSIL quotes, you will see the terms “Combined” and “Embedded”.  You may have also heard your Resource Brokerage marketing rep use the term “Aggregate”.  We do find that several brokers struggle with understanding these terms and concepts.  If you are among them, know you are not alone!  This is a concept I work with brokers to explain daily!

First of all, it is important to understand that BlueEdge plans all have aggregate family deductibles.  This means that there is a common family deductible.  All insureds’ charges in a family contribute to the family aggregate deductible.  For example, if you choose a BlueEdge plan with a $2,500 deductible, the family aggregate is $5,000.  If you are covering a family of 4, each insured’s deductible eligible charges go toward filling the $5,000 family deductible bucket.  See Figure 1 below.   

Notice that Insured 1 had $3,200 of charges that went in to the family deductible bucket—exceeding the plan’s $2,500 deductible applicable when there is single coverage.  Since the family deductible had not been met, all $3,200 goes into the family $5,000 bucket.  Not until the 4th claimant (Insured 4 in this example) puts the last $400 of charges attributed to the deductible in the bucket is the family deductible met.  Once the family aggregate deductible is met, everyone’s charges are covered at the applicable plan’s coinsurance.  Even if one family member is incurring covered charges, claims do not begin to be paid at the plan’s applicable coinsurance until the family deductible is met.

Some BlueEdge plans have embedded deductibles.  This means that when any one member in a family accumulates charges equal to the INDIVIDUAL deductible level, that insured is going to have his additional charges covered at the plan’s applicable coinsurance.  See Figure 2 below and presume this is the same family illustrated earlier—but with an EMBEDDED deductible. 

When insured 1 incurs his $3,200 claim, $2,500 of that will satisfy the embedded deductible for him, the remaining $700 of charges will be covered at coinsurance as will his remaining charges for that calendar year.  Assuming the other insureds in the family have the same charges as they did in Figure 1, their charges also contribute to the family aggregate deductible but in this example, the family aggregate deductible is not yet met due to insured 1’s charges going to coinsurance sooner.  Remember too that IRS guidelines do not allow embedded deductibles of less than $2,250 so you will only see embedded plans with deductibles of $2,250 or higher.

You also will see deductibles on your BlueEdge quotes referred to as combined deductibles.  This means that in- and out-of-network covered charges BOTH contribute to the calendar year deductible—one bucket for covered charges incurred both in- and out-of-network.  See Figure 3 below. 

Where your BlueEdge quotes show two deductibles—such as $2,500/$5,000 (in/out)—this means that the covered charges of in- and out-of-network providers are filling SEPARATE buckets.  Remember that the deductibles on the quote are per individual, and all BlueEdge plans have a family aggregate deductible amount of two times the individual.  See Figure 4 for an illustration of how an in- and out-of-network deductible plan works.

Still confused?  Don’t be afraid to contact me to discuss.  Remember—I am also available to accompany you to your larger (15+ covered employees for medical) group presentations to present BlueEdge or any other products we represent to your clients.