COBRA FAQs – Questions and Answers about COBRA Insurance

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 >>

2018 Healthcare Trends: What’s In Store for Healthcare Consumers

2018 Healthcare Trends, Healthy Lifestyle, Woman running

With the start of a new year, we can’t help but wonder which healthcare trends are in store for 2018. Coming off an interesting 2017, the next twelve months looks to be even more exciting. This year, attempts to manage escalating insurance and medical costs are at the center of industry trends. Contributing to the … More >>

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

Healthcare consumerism

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 >>

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

Seven Facts about FSAs and HSAs

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 >>

Can Employees Have HRAs and HSAs at the Same Time?

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 >>

Congratulations to the 2017 Arkansas Best Places to Work

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As the presenting sponsor for a second consecutive year of Arkansas Business’ “Best Places to Work,” DataPath Administrative Services thanks all companies who participated and extends congratulations to the 2017 winners. This year, there are a record 36 recognized companies, including a number of our clients! From locations all across the Natural State, here are … More >>

Just the FAQs: Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Health Reimbursement Arrangement FAQs

Employees who have access to HRAs often have a lot of questions about their benefit accounts regarding funding, eligible expenses, and more. Here’s a list of Health Reimbursement Arrangement FAQs. A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) helps employees pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for themselves and their families. Unlike Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), though, HRAs are … More >>

Benefit Accounts Help with Back to School Healthcare Needs

Back to school healthcare expenses

The 2017 school year is upon us! Families are engaging in the annual rituals of shopping for clothes, school supplies, and other essentials. School-aged children definitely have a lot of needs, and one of them is healthcare. That’s where your employer-sponsored benefits can help! As the new school term begins, remember to use your benefit … More >>

Discovering the Value in Consumer Directed Healthcare Accounts

Consumer Directed Healthcare Account

Consumer directed healthcare accounts not only help users save money due to their tax-advantaged status, but also give account holders more control over their healthcare dollars. This article and infographic provide an overview of HSAs, HRAs, and FSAs, along with other helpful information. What are Consumer Directed Healthcare Accounts? A consumer directed healthcare (CDH) account … More >>

The Impact of a Mid-Year Change of Status on HSA Contribution Limits

Change of status

Did you know that a change of status during the plan year affects the account holder’s annual Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limit? The following provides an overview of regulations plus examples of how the changes to contribution limits are calculated. If you have an HSA, you are probably aware that you can change your … More >>

Introducing Captain Contributor: You’ve Never Met Anyone Like Him!

The Adventures of Captain Contributor

Captain Contributor™ is not your everyday superhero; he’s the basis for a year-round, comprehensive program to educate and engage employees about tax-advantaged benefit plans. Let’s face it: benefits enrollment can be boring and the information is dense. Many employees have a hard time understanding their benefits and why they should use them. In a recent … More >>

Employment-Based Health Insurance Deemed Most Important Benefit

Health Benefits

With enrollment season rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to review current attitudes from workers toward their employment-based health benefits. The Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey (WBS) is conducted annually by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Greenwald & Associates. The nationwide study examines a broad spectrum of health care issues, including worker … More >>

Understanding the Limited-Purpose FSA

Limited-Purpose FSA

You’re familiar with healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), with which you can set aside money from your paycheck pre-tax (before payroll taxes are calculated) to use in paying eligible medical expenses. You may not be as familiar, though, with the Limited-Purpose FSA (LPFSA). An LPFSA is an option made available by some employers in conjunction … More >>

HRA Plan Primer: Facts about Qualified Expenses, Taxes and More

HRA plan

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are employer-sponsored benefit plans that reimburse employees for qualified expenses. Unlike other types of employer-sponsored healthcare benefits, an HRA plan is owned and completely funded by the employer. Employee participants do not make contributions or pay taxes on reimbursements received. Generally, there are no limits on employer contributions to regular HRA … More >>

Saving for Retirement? Think HSAs, Too

Saving for Retirement

Although created to make healthcare more affordable and expand freedom in personal healthcare decisions, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) can also play a significant role in saving for retirement. Due to their multiple tax advantages, generous contribution options, and valuable investment opportunities, HSAs can be used to supplement retirement accounts. HSAs and Healthcare First and foremost, … More >>

How Does Your Tax-Free Garden Grow? HSA Investing Is One of the Ways

HSA Investing

Did you know that HSA owners not only enjoy tax-free interest on their balances, but also tax-free returns from HSA investing? With interest rates at historic lows, consider investing your account funds to achieve substantial growth. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are tax-advantaged savings accounts that help people with a high deductible health plan pay for … More >>

10 Things to Know About HSAs

10 Things to Know about HSA

For calendar-year plans, we’re almost halfway through the plan year. It’s a great time to review ten important things to know (and remember) about HSAs. Tax Savings HSA account holders save on taxes three different ways. First, contributions to the account are not taxed. Second, interest earned on the balance is tax-free. And finally, withdrawals for qualified … More >>

Did You Know? FSAs Cover More Than Doctor Visits and Prescriptions

FSA Eligible Expenses

Have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? There are a number of qualified FSA expenses that you may not know about. Here are nine of them. Healthcare FSAs let you to use funds that you have set aside pre-tax to pay for a wide variety of medical, dental and health-related products and services, including certain over-the-counter … More >>

6 Ways to Increase Employee Wellness Participation

Employee Wellness Program

It’s the New Year! After the long holiday season, many people are making resolutions to help themselves reach new goals in 2017, including eating healthier, getting more exercise, managing their finances better, and more. For employers, there’s never been a better time to boost (or implement) an employee wellness program to help your workforce get … More >>

2017 Contribution Limits for FSAs and HSAs

2017 Contribution Limits

During Open Enrollment season, it’s important for individuals to know the 2017 contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Here’s a quick guide to next year’s contribution limits and other important information: Flexible Spending Account (FSA) In October 2016, the IRS released its inflation adjustments which raised the limits for … More >>