How Much Should I Contribute to My HSA?

If you own or have recently opened a Health Savings Account (HSA), you may wonder, “How much should I contribute to my HSA?” HSAs are a unique tax-advantaged tool for consumers to pay for qualified healthcare expenses and save for retirement. Understanding how funding works with this account is critical to answering the contribution question. HSA Funding Options After enrolling in a qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), you may open a Health Savings Account

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2024 Trends in Healthcare and Benefits

2024 is underway, and high costs, persistent inflation, and an election year have some people feeling uneasy about health and wellness this year. What 2024 healthcare and benefits trends should TPAs watch, and how can they help employers meet changing needs and demands? 2024 Healthcare Trends Business Group on Health’s 2024 Large Employer Health Care Strategy Survey shares six healthcare topics trending for 2024: 2024 Benefits Trends Now, let’s look at the benefits that are trending for

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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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BenefitsPRO Features DataPath CMO on 2024 Benefit Plans

In 2024, perceived coverage gaps, flexibility, and affordability receive more attention as companies weigh prioritizing value versus shifting costs.  November 27, 2023 By Bo Armstrong Originally posted on BenefitsPRO.com For 2024, brokers and TPAs will be well served to focus strongly on options that add significant value. In its recently released Survey on Health and Benefits Strategies for 2024, Mercer cited three key themes emerging from conversations with leadership from more than 700 organizations of varying

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