Cafeteria Plans Let Employees Choose Benefit Options

Cafeteria Plans are an employer-sponsored benefit that lets employees pay certain qualified medical expenses – such as health insurance premiums for medical, dental, and vision coverage – on a pre-tax basis.  They are sometimes called Section 125 Cafeteria Plans. “Section 125” refers to the portion of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that regulates these pre-tax … More >>

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Dependent Care FSA vs. Dependent Care Tax Credit: Which is Best?

Families with young children can face enormous childcare costs. It’s not uncommon for daycare fees to add up to one of the family’s largest recurring expenses each month. Fortunately, there are several ways to offset a portion of childcare expenses, including Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA), also known as Dependent Care Assistance Programs (DCAP), … More >>

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Mental Health Care and CDH 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 >>

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Ready to quit smoking? Your FSA or HSA can help

Although COVID-19 has been the top health story for over a year now, another disturbing health trend emerged in 2020: fewer people are quitting smoking. The health dangers of smoking cigarettes are well-documented. Since the U.S. surgeon general’s groundbreaking report in 1964, the number of adults who smoke has declined from 43 percent to 14 percent in 2019. Cigarette … More >>

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HSA Growth: Now’s the Time to Invest Your HSA Balance

Opening a Health Savings Account (HSA) can be a great investment in your personal healthcare and financial future. Owned by the participant-employee (rather than the employer), the HSA is a versatile spending and savings account that can be used for many healthcare expenses. Since they can keep the account for life, HSA owners should adopt … More >>

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IRS Issues More ARPA Guidance on Premium Assistance for COBRA

On July 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2021-46, which provides further guidance on premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage under ARPA. Topics covered include extended coverage periods, dental and vision coverage, state continuation, and who may claim the COBRA Premium Assistance credit.

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Infographic: HSAs – A Growth Opportunity for TPAs

The following infographic highlights HSA growth opportunity for third party administrators. Since 2011, Health Savings Account (HSA) adoption has grown nearly 400 percent. Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) – A Growth Opportunity for TPAs Sicen 2004, HSAs have skyrocketed in popularity. They are now the second most popular tax-advantaged account next to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). … More >>

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IRS Clarifies ARPA COBRA Premium Assistance – FAQs and Answers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published Notice 2021-31, with an extensive list of clarifications for the COBRA subsidy approved by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Subjects addressed in the Notice include Assistance Eligible Individuals (AEIs), involuntary termination of employment, furloughs, coverages eligible for the subsidy, and much more. The following questions and answers … More >>

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Whitepaper - Fear Not: There's Still Time for TPAs to Enter the Thriving HSA Market

Press Release: New DataPath Whitepaper Examines Thriving HSA Market and Opportunities for TPAs

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (May 11, 2021) – DataPath, Inc., a leading solutions provider for consumer-directed healthcare benefits administration, has published a whitepaper titled, “Fear Not: There’s Still Time for TPAs to Enter the Thriving HSA Market.” The whitepaper takes an in-depth look at the growth of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), qualified high deductible health plans, … More >>

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2022 HSA Contribution Limits Published by IRS

On Monday, May 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the 2022 HSA contribution limits, out-of-pocket limits, and high deductible health plan (HDHP) minimum deductibles. Rev. Proc. 2021-25 also includes the excepted benefit Health Reimbursement Arrangement (EBHRA) limit for 2022. 2022 HSA Contribution Limits In 2022, Health Savings Account (HSA) owners will be able to … More >>

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ARRA vs ARPA: Comparing COBRA Subsidies and Administrative Challenges

In the world of employer-sponsored benefits, COBRA subsidies have been the hot topic since the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed in March 2021. Not only does ARPA concern people who have lost their jobs since March 2020, but it also has a significant impact on how employers and COBRA administrators are handling the surge … More >>

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COVID-19 PPE Now Eligible for FSA, HRA, HSA Plans

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 >>

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ARPA COBRA Subsidy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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