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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>