New Reporting and Compliance Requirements in 2022

Employers depend heavily on their third-party administrators (TPAs) for much of the information and assistance they need to stay in compliance with regulatory reporting requirements. The good news is that some of the COVID-related requirements are ending. Other requirements are resuming or are new to the industry. Pharmacy and Health Care Spending Updates As required under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), all employer groups who offer health plans, along with insurers and pharmacy benefit managers,

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HSAs in Your Retirement Plan?

With the cost of retirement continually rising, it’s important to start planning as soon as possible. You may have an IRA and/or a 401(k). But have you included a Health Savings Account (HSA) in your planning? Each offers important benefits. You may already know how an IRA and a 401K help, but you may not realize how HSAs fit. Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines six different types of Individual Retirement

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Is it COVID, Flu or Allergies?

Spring is a wonderful time of year – unless you suffer from allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu season can last into May. Just as COVID seems to be dying down, another variant may be just around the corner. With all three of these illnesses presenting some of the same symptoms, how can we tell if what we have is an allergy, the flu, or a COVID infection? Seasonal Allergy

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Workplace Eye Health and Benefits

Did you know that the average office worker spends 1,700 hours in front of a computer screen every year? That’s what the contact lens manufacturer Acuvue found in a study on screen time they sponsored a few years ago. And that only accounted for computer screens, not those of phones, tablets, etc. With an uptick in complaints about eye strain, dry eye, headache and insomnia, it’s a great time for employers to review the eye

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Caregivers Need Care, Too!

For many of us, our children are our greatest gifts. But caring for even the happiest and healthiest children can take a toll on parents. Add full-time work (or multiple part-time jobs) into the mix, and some days may feel like a challenge you can’t overcome. Now imagine taking care of an aging parent at the same time. Add in homeschooling during a pandemic and/or a child with special needs. Exhausted yet? The idea of

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Commuting in a New Work World

Before the pandemic, workers paid a lot for their daily work commute. From time spent on the road, to the cost of transit fares or vehicle expenses, costs added up quickly. Some employees welcomed the remote work arrangements mandated by the pandemic in part because it helped them to avoid transit time and expense. With many employers now requiring a return to the office, what do employees face with commuting in a new work world?

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“The Case for COBRA System Flexibility: Expecting the Unexpected” – BenefitsPRO features article by DataPath Chief Marketing Officer

What are COBRA administrators to do in the face of all this change? At the very least, they have to stay flexible. And that flexibility has to start with their administration system. By Bo Armstrong Originally Posted by BenefitsPROFebruary 16, 2022 Brokers and TPAs who offer COBRA administration expect changes in the number of accounts being managed from month to month. Or at least that was the case before COVID-19 came roaring in like a huge

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Children’s Dental Health: Tips, Tricks and Benefits

Did you know that it’s National Children’s Dental Health Month? Parents have a lot of questions about their kids’ teeth. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) takes this opportunity to raise awareness regarding children’s dental health with tips and tricks. And, you can use your benefit accounts to pay for much of it! Children’s Dental Care 101 According to the Centers for Disease Control, children with poor dental health miss more school and receive

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Funding Your HSA – Contributions, Transfers and Rollovers

If you have a high deductible health plan (HDHP), you may also have an HSA account. HSAs come with a variety of funding options, but check the fine print first. Read on to learn and understand more about these beneficial consumer directed healthcare accounts and the various ways in which they can be funded. Owning a Health Savings Account (HSA) comes with many benefits. HSA owners make tax-free contributions, earn tax-free interest and investment income, and can use

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New Preventive Care and Screening Guidelines Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Women and Children

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced new preventive care and screening guidelines aimed at reducing out-of-pocket expenses for women, infants, children, and adolescents. The new guidelines take effect for plan years beginning in 2023. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain group health plans and insurance issuers must provide coverage for preventive health services with no out-of-pocket cost. More than 150 million

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