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Using Your Benefits to Ease Travel Stress

This summer has been hard on travelers, from high gasoline prices to numerous canceled flights. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, no one has been immune from it. Here are eight ways you can use your benefit accounts to help ease travel stress. 1. Stock Up on Medications Use your FSA or HSA account to … More >>

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Surprising FSA-Eligible Expenses

Healthcare flexible spending accounts (FSAs) let you use pre-tax funds to pay for some medical, dental, and health-related products and services, including certain over-the-counter items. Most people know FSA eligible expenses include doctor visits, surgery and other medical procedures, prescription medicines, dental, vision, chiropractic, and mental health services. However, there are some eligible expenses that … More >>

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Debit Cards are a Benefits Must Have

During the pandemic, the use of debit and credit cards has soared. A 2021 MarketWatch analysis found that debit card transaction volumes continue to surge, while growth in credit transactions has remained essentially flat. Always a possible addition to tax-advantaged benefit accounts, debit cards have increasingly become a benefits “must have.” Employees Save Time Offering … More >>

Some Nutritional Needs Qualify as FSA/HSA-Eligible Expenses

No, you can’t use your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) for straight food purchases like meat, produce and dairy. But you can use them for some nutrition-related products and services. To review, tax-advantaged accounts have regulatory restrictions on eligible products and services. The products and services must have a medical purpose, … More >>

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Reducing Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Women and Children’s Preventive Care

New preventive care and screening guidelines aimed at reducing out-of-pocket expenses for women, infants, children, and adolescents were recently announced by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) The new guidelines take effect for plans starting in 2023. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain group … More >>

New Year, New You with Employee Wellness Programs

As we welcome a new year, many of us are focused on how we can better ourselves and are making new resolutions. Some are emphasizing physical health, vowing to eat better and exercise more. Others are targeting their financial health, making an effort to spend less and save more. Some are centered on taking care … More >>

DCAP Benefits and the Sandwich Generation

Life expectancy in the U.S. has gone up over the years thanks to a variety of factors. However, longer lifespans are creating a conundrum for many Americans. Millions of people in the workforce find themselves caring for their children and aging parents/relatives at the same time. A Dependent Care Assistance Program, or DCAP, can help … More >>

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No Surprises Act and Medical Bills

Did you know more than a third of employees say the medical bills they receive after seeking care are “always or usually” a surprise? But 28% pay them anyway because they don’t want to have to deal with the insurance company. Insurance plans cover some of the cost of medical care. What’s left over falls … More >>

2022 FSA Contribution Limit, Max Carryover Announced by IRS

On November 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Rev. Proc. 2021-45, announcing the 2022 annual contribution limit for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), maximum carryover amount, contribution limits for Transportation benefits and more. 2022 FSA Contribution Limits The annual maximum 2022 FSA contribution limit will increase to $2,850. The annual limit applies to Health … More >>

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Flu Shots and the Pandemic

Flu season can be miserable for everyone. Parents have to deal with sick kids at home. Employers have to deal with employees taking sick time. Doctors offices are hard to get into for an appointment. Add in people dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It seems more important than ever to get, and stay, educated on … More >>

Mental Health Care and Your Benefits Accounts

With one in five U.S. adults experiencing some form of mental illness in any given year, the need for mental health care impacts many families. Yet, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 55 percent of adults and 49 percent of children ages 6-17 with a mental illness don’t receive mental health care services. … More >>

Captain Contributor Explains Eligible Expenses

“ You probably already know that by using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you can get significant tax savings, but did you know that with a health or limited purpose FSA, you do not have to wait for that money to build up before it’s available?  Watch this video to learn more about the uniform … More >>

Captain Contributor Explains COBRA Insurance

“ You probably already know that by using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you can get significant tax savings, but did you know that with a health or limited purpose FSA, you do not have to wait for that money to build up before it’s available?  Watch this video to learn more about the uniform … 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 >>

Captain Contributor Explains the Uniform Coverage Rule

” You probably already know that by using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) you can get significant tax savings, but did you know that with a health or limited purpose FSA, you do not have to wait for that money to build up before it’s available?  Watch this video to learn more about the uniform … 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 >>

Captain Contributor Explains HSA Funding

“ If your company offers an FSA or HSA, it’s a good idea to sign up for one. They can help you save on taxes while putting aside money for healthcare expenses. But the question always comes up – how much money do I need to set aside? Watch this video to learn more about planning … 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 >>

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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 >>

Summit Card: Replenishment FAQs

Debit Card Replenishment Process Answers common questions about the process of replenishing the employer group debit card account in response to participant transactions.

Summit Card: How It Can Work for You

Convenient, Secure Access Explains how offering the Summit debit card can increase employer FICA savings and the overall success of offering a tax-advantaged benefits account plan.

FSA Medical Care Recurring Expense Form

How to submit a claim for for recurring medical expenses. **All sections of the claim form must be completed in order to receive reimbursement, including signature and date.** Claim Form Section A: Declaration of Services Enter the start and end date of the services provided Complete the provider’s charges (you will need to include the … More >>