2022 HSA Contribution Limits and More Announced by IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the 2022 annual contribution limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) on Monday, May 10. The announcement also featured the high deductible health plan minimum deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum amounts for next year. Learn more about 2022 HSA contribution limits. 2022 HSA Contribution Limits In 2022, HSA owners will see … More >>

HSA Contributions – Approaching the Tax Deadline

The 2021 tax deadline has been moved from April 15 to May 17 by the IRS. Health Savings Account (HSA) owners are usually keenly aware of the account’s triple tax advantage: pre-tax contributions, tax-free withdrawals for eligible expenses, and tax-free growth. What you may not know is that you can take advantage of tax-free contributions … More >>

COVID-19 PPE Is Now An Eligible Healthcare Expense

The fight against COVID-19 has expanded to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) items. On Friday, March 26, the IRS released Announcement 2021-7, which qualifies PPE purchased for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as medical expenses under section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. The regulation allows specific items to be … More >>

ARPA COBRA FAQ

ARPA and COBRA Subsidy FAQs

On Thursday, March 11, President Biden signed the  American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. In addition to other features, ARPA provides full COBRA subsidies under specific circumstances and creates significant additional COBRA enrollment eligibility rules. The following is a list of common ARPA COBRA subsidy frequently asked questions (FAQs). This blog is not intended to be used as … More >>

Creative employee benefits

Exploring Creative Benefits Plan Offerings

Employers, you know it’s true. Your benefits plan can make your company look more attractive, help you recruit and keep top talent, and improve the morale of your workforce. While there are standard benefit plan options such as group health coverage, life insurance, and retirement plans, there are other options that can put you over … More >>

Health and Dependent Care FSA Rules

Health and Dependent Care FSA Rules for 2021-2022

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was recently approved by Congress and the President. The bill provides a number of relief measures to help people cope with the ongoing COVID-19 healthcare crisis. Among the provisions are new temporary rules for health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The new rules allow for increased carryover amounts, … More >>

4 Things to Know About Your FSA Before the Year Ends

When you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you set aside money before taxes to cover qualified out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for yourself and your family. As the year comes to an end, there are a few things you should be aware of so you can maximize your account’s benefits. Here are 4 things to know … More >>

Use-it-or-Lose-it: COVID-19 and Your FSA Balance

During the pandemic, a lot of people spent more time at home and didn’t keep up with their normal spending habits. Because of that, your remaining FSA balance may be larger than that of a normal year. In fact, FSAStore.com estimates that the average FSA account holder has 30-35 percent more in their account balance … More >>

FSA and HSA: Can You Have Both at the Same Time?

During enrollment season, a question people commonly ask is, “Can I have an FSA and HSA at the same time?” Both benefit accounts are popular because people want to maximize their tax savings and lower their healthcare costs. Let’s take a look at both accounts and see if you can have an FSA and an … More >>

Questions Employers Need to Ask Before Building A Benefits Plan

A company’s benefits package is a vital tool for attracting and keeping talented employees. It can also improve workforce health and engagement. But with workers who span four generations in today’s labor force, building a benefits plan can be a challenge for employers. Baby Boomers are nearing retirement while Gen Z is just entering the workforce. Meanwhile, … More >>

FSA eligible expenses, Wallet, Money

FSA Eligible Expenses and Other Important Information

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are an important benefit that helps people reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs and save money on 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 pay for eligible medical … More >>

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 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) became available on January 1, 2020. … 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 >>

Go Mobile with Your Healthcare Benefits Accounts

Did you know you can take your benefits accounts on-the-go? With the demands of today’s modern society – more than two-thirds of Americans own a mobile phone – many benefits administrators offer account holders the modern conveniences of mobile apps and debit cards. These make it very easy for those who have a Flexible Spending … More >>

Dental care and your FSA

Smile! Getting Dental Care with Your FSA or HSA

Dental care is costly, starting with your premium payments. That coverage may provide you may with a checkup, cleanings, and x-rays once or twice a year. But what happens when you, your spouse, or your child needs a filling, root canal, orthodontia, or an emergency extraction? Insurance probably won’t cover the entire cost of those … More >>

Benefits enrollment season

Are You Ready for Enrollment Season?

Are you ready for enrollment season? 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. Whether you sign up for benefits through an employer, or choose to … More >>

Should I sign up for an FSA?

Should I Sign Up for an FSA?

During benefits enrollment season you may be offered 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 FSA, or Flexible … More >>

Benefits of an HSA: Portability, Deferred Reimbursement, Catch up Contributions, and More!

Health Savings Account (HSA) owners – there may be some advantages to your tax-advantaged healthcare benefit account you aren’t aware of. Most people are familiar with the triple tax savings: tax-free contributions, tax-free earnings, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified healthcare expenses. However, while HSAs are designed primarily to help reduce healthcare costs, some benefits of … More >>

COBRA Insurance

COBRA FAQs – Questions and Answers about COBRA Insurance

Among the benefits that American workers receive, one of the most important options is COBRA insurance. COBRA allows workers to keep their healthcare coverage in case they experience a qualifying event that may cause them to lose coverage. For more information about COBRA insurance, see the following COBRA FAQs. What is COBRA? Now over three … More >>

FSA Terminology: Use It or Lose It, Grace Period, Carryover, and More

Whether you’re new to, or familiar with, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), there are some key terms you should know. FSAs are employer-sponsored benefit plans. When the plan is setup, the employer has several spending options to choose from: use it or lose it, grace period, and carryover. In order to max out your tax-free benefit … 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 >>

HRAs and HSAs at the same time?

Can Employees Have HRAs and HSAs at the Same Time?

Healthcare spending accounts, such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), help individuals and families pay for medical expenses. They also provide more control over how and where to pay for those expenses. Some employees have the opportunity to have both an HRA and an HSA, either through their own employer or … More >>