ICHRA and EBHRA; New Rules from IRS

ICHRA and EBHRA: IRS Expands HRA Plan Types for Employers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in coordination with other Federal agencies, published a final ruling today which expands Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plan types for employers. HRAs are employer-funded benefit plans used by employees to cover qualified healthcare expenses. The newly-created Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA) and Excepted Benefit HRA (EBHRA) will be available beginning January … More >>

The Importance of COBRA Compliance for Employers

The importance of COBRA compliance cannot be understated. For employers, COBRA is often the most challenging aspect of offering healthcare benefits. In addition to being time-consuming (and sometimes confusing), failure to comply with COBRA requirements can put companies at risk of serious legal issues and steep financial penalties. What is COBRA? COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget … More >>

2019 FSA and HSA contribution limits

2019 FSA and HSA Contribution Limits

The IRS has recently released the 2019 contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and transportation benefit accounts – increasing limits for most tax-advantaged benefit plans. In May 2018, the IRS published the increases for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), including out-of-pocket maximums. See below for 2019 FSA and HSA contribution limits, and for increases to … More >>

Enrollment Season Podcast

Tax-Free Talk, Enrollment Season Podcast featuring Captain Contributor

Tax-Free Talk is a three-part enrollment season podcast series featuring Captain Contributor, and hosted by Kathy Claimant. In this series, Captain Contributor addresses concerns about benefits enrollment for administrators, employers, and employees. Featuring the Captain’s unique wit and in-depth knowledge, and packed with action and suspense, this enrollment season podcast is like no other. Enrollment … More >>

Benefits enrollment season

Are You Ready for Enrollment Season?

Are you ready for enrollment season? For many working people, benefits enrollment season is coming up very soon. Open enrollment is the period during which you review your benefit options and choose which ones you want to enroll in for next year. These include health insurance, life insurance, and tax-advantaged healthcare benefits accounts, among others. … More >>

Should I sign up for an FSA?

Should I Sign Up for an FSA?

Benefits enrollment season is right around the corner. In addition to health, dental, and vision insurance, some companies offer other benefit options like commuter benefit accounts and consumer directed healthcare (CDH) accounts. Depending on your company’s benefit plan, you may be wondering – should I sign up for an FSA? What is an FSA? An … More >>

FSA eligible expenses, Wallet, Money

FSA Eligible Expenses and Other Important Information

For many Americans, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are an important benefit that helps reduce their out-of-pocket healthcare costs and save money on their taxes. An estimated 43 percent of all civilian (non-government) workers have access to an FSA through their employers. These employer-sponsored, tax-advantaged accounts allows participants (employees) to set aside money before taxes to … More >>

Healthcare consumerism

Healthcare Consumerism: What is it and How Does it Affect Healthcare?

Healthcare consumerism, a movement designed to refine the efficiency and affordability of healthcare services, is working to change how people prioritize their personal healthcare. Imagine a system where savvy patients use their knowledge to take a more active role in purchasing and utilizing healthcare services. Healthcare consumerism is getting closer to making this a reality. … More >>

Seven Facts about FSAs and HSAs

7 Facts About FSAs and HSAs That Employees Should Know During Open Enrollment

Open enrollment season for benefits is a time for making important decisions regarding healthcare expenses for you and your family. In addition to health insurance options, many companies sponsor tax-advantaged consumer directed healthcare accounts, like Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). FSAs and HSAs are popular because they can help you save … More >>