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 >>
Employers have been helping employees with healthcare costs since employer-sponsored insurance coverage began about 80 years ago. But just as healthcare costs have risen, the costs of insurance and healthcare benefits have increased as well. Small businesses have always found it financially challenging to offer group benefits to their employees. Fortunately, Congress and regulatory agencies … More >>
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 >>
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 >>
” An HRA, or Health Reimbursement Arrangement, is an employer-sponsored benefit account funded ONLY by the employer. It allows employees to pay for qualified healthcare expenses. Learn more! Captain Contributor – Benefits Super Hero Read Comic Book Read Fact Sheet Captain Contributor Explains Eligible Expenses Captain Contributor Explains COBRA Insurance Captain Contributor Explains the Uniform Coverage Rule Captain … More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Award-winning Employee Education and Engagement ProgramEmployer-sponsored healthcare accounts can be hard to understand. That’s why DataPath Administrative Services has adopted a year-round employee education and engagement program for our groups. The Adventures of Captain Contributor, a national-award winning program, is both informative and entertaining. In a series of comic books and videos, Captain Contributor and … More >>
Authorize Discussions with Others HIPAA regulations prevent DataPath from sharing any details about your account, claim, reimbursement, debit card, etc. with anyone besides yourself unless we have a signed Authorization for Release of Information on file that names the specific person. Submit this form if you want to authorize other people, such as your spouse, … More >>
COBRA, HIPAA, ACA Reporting and More Describes the different compliance services available from DataPath Administrative Services, including COBRA administration, HIPAA, ERISA, and ACA Reporting. Details which of these services are mandatory for employers under current laws and regulations based on number of employees.
Handy Reference! Don’t know an SMM from a SPD? This handy reference sheet gives detailed but easy-to-understand explanations of the four types of documents required for all ERISA health and welfare benefit plans: Plan Document; Summary Plan Document (SPD); Adoption Agreement; and Summary of Material Modification (SMM).
QSEHRAs (pronounced “Cue-SERRAs”) Legislation creating the QSEHRA was passed as part of the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016 and went into effect January 1, 2017. With a QSEHRA, small businesses can reimburse employees tax-free for their medical expenses, including personal insurance premiums. This guide outlines the requirements to sponsor a QSEHRA.
Fastest Possible Claims Payments Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) with Claims Crossover provides for fast HRA claims payments (without employees having to first file a claim or pay an eligible expense) thanks to health claim feeds direct from the carrier. Contact DataPath Administrative Services for more information on your specific situation.
Annual Return/Report of an Employee Benefit Plan Form 5500 is the form used to file an employee benefit plan’s annual information return with the Dept. of Labor (DOL). Only group plans that have 100 or more enrolled as of the anniversary date each year must file, except for government and church groups. Form 5500 must … More >>
HRA AdministrationOffer a robust benefits package to attract and retain top-quality talent with an employer-funded HRA, ICHRA, EBHRA or QSEHRA! Contact us today! Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) of all types – including Individual Coverage HRAs (ICHRAs), Excepted Benefit HRAs (EBHRAs), and Qualified Small Employer HRAs (QESHRAs) – allow both employers and employees to save on … More >>