HSA vs FSA – Breaking Down the Differences

The alphabet soup of consumer directed healthcare (CDH) – FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, MERPs, MSAs – can be confusing. Some are strictly employee- or employer-funded, while others may be funded by any party. Some accounts offer rollover; others do not. Knowing the differences – like an HSA vs FSA – is important when it comes time … More >>

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FSA Eligible Expenses

Flexible Spending Accounts, known as FSAs, are an important part of consumer directed healthcare. The tax-advantaged accounts allow participants to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses that may not be covered by their health insurance plans. Many companies offer FSAs as part of their employer-sponsored benefits packages.

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Benefits Debit Cards Offer Convenience and Practicality

Today’s reality highlights the need for benefits debit cards: in a 21st century, first-world society, card payments are the norm rather than the exception. Card payment terminals are found just about everywhere – doctors’ offices, pharmacies, grocery stores, retail shops, taxicabs, subway stations, and more. With consumers utilizing debit and credit cards more and more … More >>

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The Future of HSAs is Today

Having recently celebrated its 12th birthday, the Health Savings Account (HSA) is more popular than ever.  During the first half of 2015, HSA usage grew by a whopping 42 percent compared to the same period during 2014, according to a study by Bank of America. While the Baby Boomer generation carries the highest HSA balances … More >>

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DataPath Summit: The Nation’s Best Benefits Administration Platform

DataPath has listened to the needs of TPAs everywhere to design an employee benefits administration platform that is everything they could ever need. From one simple, cloud-based platform, TPAs can now manage FSAs, HRAs, HSAs, Transit Accounts and Benefits Debit Cards from one simple centralized location.

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HRA vs HSA – What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and a Health Savings Account (HSA)? The key difference between the two is that an HRA is employer-owned whereas an HSA is employee-owned. With an HSA, the employee keeps the account and can transfer it when he or she changes jobs. Account holders may also invest their HSA funds.

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High Commuter Costs are Siphoning Money from Workers’ Wallets

According to a recent article featured on CNN Money, commuters in the United States spend an average of $2,600 annually on their daily commute. This comes out to about $10 per day getting to and from the work place. Furthermore, 60% of survey respondents reported an increase in their commuting costs as compared to 19% … More >>

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Utilizing Your FSA For Back-To-School Shopping

August is nearly upon us which means that back-to-school shopping is right around the corner. You may realize that you still have a large sum in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and its “use or lose it policy” has you considering how to make the most of your contributions. This is a great time to … More >>

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IRS Guidance Provides Limited Transition Relief

As part of Notice 2015-7, the IRS issued guidance on Feb. 18 providing limited transition relief for certain premium reimbursement plans, including: Individual market premium reimbursement arrangements (PRAs), also known as  employer payment plans as defined in Notice 2013-54; Medicare premium reimbursement arrangements; and, Reimbursement arrangements supplementing Tricare. The relief does not extend to stand-alone HRAs or … More >>

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