COBRA and State Continuation – Frequently Asked Questions

The thought of losing health insurance coverage is scary. This informative blog answers the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about COBRA by participants. If you’re a COBRA administrator, this page is a great resource for your employer groups. This extensive list of FAQs describes what COBRA is, who qualifies, how coverage works and more.

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Retirement

For More Money in Retirement, Look to Your HSA

IRA, 401(k), HSA? You may be thinking that one of these is not like the others. But, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are more valuable than you may think. While most people tend to regard HSAs solely as a way to counter the rising costs of medical care, they can also become a money-smart tool for … More >>

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Department of Labor Rule Change Could Impact HSA Account Holders

Department of Labor Rule Change Could Impact HSA Account Holders

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a conflict of interest rule designed to ensure that investment advisors deliver the best available investment information to their clients. A fact sheet published by the Department of Labor states, the “conflict of interest final rule and related exemptions will protect investors by requiring all who provide … More >>

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Back to School

FSA Funds Can Help Account Holders Get Ready for Back to School

Believe it or not, August is here! For many Flexible Spending Account (FSA) holders, there are only five months left before the end of their plan year and the FSA “use or lose it” policy has people thinking about how to make the most of their tax-free contributions. The great news is that back-to-school shopping … More >>

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Medicare Set Aside (MSA) Accounts – How It Works

A Medicare Set Aside account, also known as an MSA, is an important component of the workers’ compensation payment landscape. Here’s the essential information you need to know about who qualifies for them, how they work, approved expenses, etc.: What is an MSA? An MSA is a settlement resulting from a workers’ compensation or personal … More >>

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HSA Eligible Expenses

Since they were enacted in 2003, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have become an integral part of the consumer directed healthcare landscape for those with a high deductible health plan. One of the chief benefits of having an HSA is that account holders can use that money to pay for a wide range of eligible medical expenses for themselves, their spouses, and their tax dependents.

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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 Card

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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HSAToday

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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Summit

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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Transit

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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