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Reelin’ in the Year: DOL Clarifies COBRA Time Frames Related to COVID-19

On Friday, February 26, the Department of Labor (DOL) published Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, a follow up to the Joint Notice published May 4, 2020. The May notice required that health and retirement plans disregard a number of deadlines for individuals during the COVID-19 National Emergency, plus a 60-day period (the “Outbreak Period”) starting March … More >>

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Press Release: New Whitepaper Examines Administrative Concerns with COBRA and COVID-19 Deadlines

DataPath examines the effects of COVID-19 on COBRA and upcoming ERISA plan deadlines LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (February 16, 2021) – DataPath, Inc., a leading developer of technology solutions for employee benefits administration, has published a whitepaper titled, “COVID-19 and COBRA Continuation Insurance: Where Do We Stand?” The paper takes a deeper look at the effect … More >>

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COVID-19 Outbreak Period for ERISA Plans Expires February 28

Third party benefits administrators need to be aware of the upcoming end to the COVID-19 outbreak period for group health plans. This deadline, which ends February 28, 2021, could cause unfamiliar administrative burdens on TPAs. In May 2020, following the passage of the CARES Act, the IRS and DOL issued a joint notice on COVID-19 … More >>

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HRA vs HSA – Examining the Similarities and Differences

Do you know the difference between a HRA vs 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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Health FSA and DCAP Carryover Rules Approved for 2021

On Monday, December 21, Congress passed a new $900 billion COVID stimulus bill (known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021). The legislation is aimed at helping Americans cope with challenges from the pandemic. Along with stimulus payments and other financial provisions, the bill also includes modified carryover and dependent rules for Dependent Care Assistance Plan … More >>

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Understanding the HSA Withdrawal Penalty and Other Useful Information

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a wonderful tool for saving money on healthcare expenses. When you enroll in a qualified high deductible health plan and sign up for an HSA, you contribute pre-tax money into an account then withdraw those funds for qualified healthcare expenses. When used for qualified expenses, withdrawals are tax-free. However, many HSA owners wonder if the money can be used for non-qualified expenses. If so, is there an HSA withdrawal penalty?

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Dependent Care FSA and Carryover – Is Relief Coming?

Dependent Care FSA and Carryover – Concerns from COVID-19 Since March 2020, the United States has been reeling from the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone across the nation has been impacted one way or another. From economic uncertainty to school and public safety concerns, adults and children alike have had to learn to deal with a new … More >>

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Brochure: Summit CDH and COBRA Administration

DataPath Summit is the industry’s first all-in-one cloud-based platform for CDH account, HSA, COBRA, and billing administration. With a seamless design, Summit’s flexibility allows TPAs to take advantage of the full suite of solutions, or to choose only those services specific to their business. With quick and easy account set up, at-a-glance dashboards, on-demand reporting, … More >>

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Brochure: Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Solutions

Summit was designed with TPAs in mind, empowering them to provide superior FSA administration for health, limited purpose, and child care FSAs. Our cloud-based FSA solution features streamlined plan setup with default settings and wizards; TPAs can also create plan templates to be used with other similar plans. With the powerful data exchange, administrators can … More >>

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Brochure: Health Savings Account (HSA) Solutions

Summit HSA features comprehensive, cloud-based HSA functionality, allowing TPAs to provide a level of service many banks won’t offer. Designed for simple HSA management, Summit features comprehensive functionality for TPAs, employers, and participants. Administrators be as hands-on or as hands-off as they like, with options such as allowing participants can enroll online, make elections, and … More >>

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Brochure: Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Solutions

Summit empowers TPAs with the ability to build nearly unlimited Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plans, including group HRAs, Individual Coverage HRAs, Excepted Benefits HRAs, and Qualified Small Employer HRAs. Our cloud-based HRA solution empowers administrators with the ultimate in plan design flexibility. TPAs can customize plan details at the tier level, including deductibles and reimbursements. … More >>

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Brochure: COBRA and Billing Solutions

Since 2002, DataPath has been helping administrators rise above their competition with best-in-class COBRA and Premium Billing solutions. Administrators want to stay competitive, keep on top of regulatory changes, and attract and maintain new revenue streams. Summit’s powerful functionality allows you to take advantage of simplified terminations, automated notices and communications, flexible billing options, and … More >>

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Brochure: Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Solutions

DataPath Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services offer you a level of convenience and quality that you won’t find elsewhere. Focus on running your business and becoming more efficient by letting DataPath handle your claims entry, fulfillment, enrollment, and contribution processing needs. DataPath clients can enjoy: Quick and accurate claims entry processing Automated Fulfillment services Accurate … More >>

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Brochure: Transit/Commuter/Parking Account Solutions

Our cloud-based Summit solution enables TPAs to offer Section 132 Transit/Commuter/Parking benefit plans anywhere in the United States. Administrators can offer the convenience of Section 132 plans to their employer clients – helping deliver a more satisfying benefits package to their employees. Summit’s simple plan setup, debit card with a stacked account environment, and convenient … More >>

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Employers and TPAs Must Prepare for a COBRA Avalanche – DataPath Article Featured on EBN

Views: Employers and benefits administrators must prepare for a COBRA avalanche November 16, 2020 By Bo Armstrong Originally Posted by Employee Benefit News In the first six months of COVID-19 outbreak, more than 60 million Americans filed for unemployment. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) suggests that companies are still cutting a … More >>

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