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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Infographic: Open Enrollment Checklist

Facts, Figures & Tips for a Successful Enrollment Process.
The following infographic provides an overview of facts, figures and tips for employers to have a successful open enrollment process.

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2022 FSA Contribution Limit Increased to $2,850

On November 10, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced 2022 annual limits for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, maximum carryover amounts, Transportation benefit (Transit/Commuter/Parking) contributions, and Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRAs) amounts. The announcement was made in Rev. Proc. 2021-45. 2022 FSA Contributions The maximum health FSA contribution limit will be $2,850. Health FSAs can be used for a wide range of qualified out-of-pocket expenses. These include over-the-counter and prescription medications, deductibles,

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ARPA is Approved: COBRA Subsidies and DCAP Increase Part of Legislation

President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 into law on Thursday, March 11, 2021. In addition to stimulus checks and child tax credits, ARPA features full COBRA subsidies for a limited time and an increase in the maximum contribution limits for people who use Dependent Care Assistance Plans (DCAP) through their employer. Learn more below. COBRA Subsidies Under ARPA Under very specific circumstances, the ARPA legislation provides full COBRA subsidies from

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Health FSA and DCAP Carryover Rules Approved for 2021

In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), a $900 billion COVID stimulus bill. The legislation was aimed at helping Americans cope with pandemic-related challenges. Along with stimulus payments and other financial provisions, the bill also included modified carryover and dependent rules for Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) benefits, spend-down for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), election changes, and other updates. Traditionally, DCAP benefits have not included a carryover provision. However, with

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FSA Mid-Year Elections, Grace Periods, Carryover and More: IRS COVID-19 Guidance

In May 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published COVID-19 guidance for employer-sponsored healthcare benefits. Drafted to address unanticipated changes in medical and childcare costs due to the COVID-19 emergency, the two Notices – Notice 2020-29 and 2020-33 – relax mid-year election changes for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Dependent Care Assistance Programs (DCAPs). They also provide more flexibility in grace periods for both types of accounts and increase the maximum annual carryover amount

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COVID-19 Claims Run Out Extension for FSA and HRA Plans

On April 29, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and other federal agencies published a final notice providing COVID-19 relief guidance on COBRA extensions. The notice also extended run out periods for health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plans. Learn more about the COVID-19 claims run out extension and what it means for third party administrators, employers and participants. COVID-19 Claims Run Out Extension The final notice, now available

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FFCRA Expiration, “Path Out of the Pandemic” and Healthcare Benefits FAQs

With the recent expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Biden Administration is implementing a new plan called the “Path Out of the Pandemic.” This includes a number of proposed initiatives to help move the country along a path toward recovery. Some of the action items that will apply to employers and employees are discussed here. COVID-19 Updates For Employers While many Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (approximately 58% as of

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CARES Act: HDHPs and Telemedicine; OTC Medications Become Eligible Healthcare Expenses

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act (H.R. 748) and the President signed it into law. The $2 trillion bill was designed to provide economic relief for American citizens and business due to the COVID-19 healthcare emergency that has greatly impacted the U.S. economy. In addition to the stimulus checks and unemployment benefits the bill provided, the legislation also expanded how workers can use their healthcare benefits accounts. CARES Act Expands HDHP

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DataPath Publishes New FSA and HSA Materials for Captain Contributor

DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based benefits administration solutions, recently released new materials for its award-winning employee education and engagement program, The Adventures of Captain Contributor. The new materials include second edition comic books, videos, and fact sheets for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

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