Qualified HDHPs, Deductibles, and HSAs

Most health insurance policies require a deductible, but did you know there are different types of deductibles? Learn more about the deductible types, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), HSA-qualified high-deductible health plans with embedded deductibles, and how they work together. What is a deductible? Deductibles require consumers to pay a share of their healthcare costs and encourage them to become informed consumers of healthcare services. However, there are several types of deductibles. In addition to standard

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How Does Medicare Affect HSA Usage?

Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) participants can use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to help cover their deductible responsibility. But what happens when they become eligible for Medicare?  Medicare Basics Medicare is a federal health insurance program for those aged 65 and older as well as younger Americans with certain disabilities or End-Stage Renal Disease. Each of Medicare’s four parts offers a different type of coverage: HSA Basics An HSA is a tax-advantaged benefit that

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What is a Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)?

Working parents know that childcare is expensive. Whether the kids are in daycare, before or after school care, day camps, or other care, it can put a big dent in your wallet. Care.com released its 10th Annual Cost of Care Report. They found that, on average, in 2023, parents spent a whopping 27% of their household income on childcare. While employer-sponsored healthcare benefits like a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) are helpful, more is

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Employer Benefits Nondiscrimination Testing

Employee health benefits can be an excellent way to attract and retain talent. However, companies must follow strict regulations to ensure fair treatment for all employees. The IRS monitors highly compensated employees and their eligibility, pre-tax contributions, or available benefits compared to lower compensation employees. For that reason, all health plans must undergo annual nondiscrimination testing. Learn more below. What is Nondiscrimination Testing? IRS rules state that self-insured health plans cannot discriminate in favor of Highly

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FSA-Eligible Stocking Stuffers

Christmas will be here before you know it! If your Flexible Spending Account balance exceeds your Carryover limit or your plan has the “use it or lose it” setup, you may feel like the Grinch about now. However, did you know you can get some great FSA-eligible stocking stuffers and gifts with that available FSA balance? Here are a few ideas to consider. 6 FSA-Eligible Stocking Stuffers 1. Lip Balms What happens when you have

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FSA Contribution Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced updated FSA annual contribution limits. An important part of consumer-directed healthcare, FSAs offer participants a way to save on taxes while setting aside money for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for themselves and their families.

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Navigating the Savings Struggle: TPA Growth with HSAs

As the lingering effects of the pandemic continue to impact savings, the quest for financial security becomes even more critical. Despite easing inflation, many Americans find themselves unprepared for emergencies and retirement. Amid this savings struggle, the substantial growth of HSAs holds the promise of fostering growth for TPAs while helping participants better prepare for healthcare expenses and their retirement years.

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8 Ways to Engage Your Millennial Employees in Health Benefits

Chances are you have Millennial employees on your staff, as they have become the single largest generation in the U.S. labor force. The following infographic provides valuable information on engaging your Millennial employees in health benefits. 8 Ways to Engage Your Millennial Employees in Health Benefits Millennials in the Workplace: To Engage Millennial Employees in Your Company’s Health Benefits: Providing flexible, convenient, and easy to understand benefits will encourage Millennials to engage with your company’s

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IRS Announces 2024 FSA Limits

On November 10, via Rev. Proc. 2023-34, the IRS released its 2024 annual contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs), adoption assistance, and qualified transportation plans.

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Help Participants Use Benefits with These 5 Tools

During open enrollment, many participants are enrolling in plans for the first time. “Firsts” are often overwhelming, and once the benefit year begins, participants may need help knowing how or where to begin. As employees expect more and employers become increasingly cost-conscious, it’s harder to provide a mutually satisfactory benefits package. To make utilization as easy as possible, TPAs and employers can offer resources to help participants understand, access, and utilize their benefits. Five of

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