Cafeteria Plans are an employer-sponsored benefit that lets employees pay certain qualified medical expenses – such as health insurance premiums for medical, dental, and vision coverage – on a pre-tax basis. They are sometimes called Section 125 Cafeteria Plans. “Section 125” refers to the portion of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that regulates these pre-tax … More >>
Families with young children can face enormous childcare costs. It’s not uncommon for daycare fees to add up to one of the family’s largest recurring expenses each month. Fortunately, there are several ways to offset a portion of childcare expenses, including Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA), also known as Dependent Care Assistance Programs (DCAP), … More >>
With one in five U.S. adults experiencing some form of mental illness in any given year, the need for mental health care impacts many families. Yet, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 55 percent of adults and 49 percent of children ages 6-17 with a mental illness don’t receive mental health care services. … More >>
COBRA coverage can work with healthcare benefit accounts such as HSAs, HRAs, and FSAs to help former employees meet their eligible medical expenses.
Although COVID-19 has been the top health story for over a year now, another disturbing health trend emerged in 2020: fewer people are quitting smoking. The health dangers of smoking cigarettes are well-documented. Since the U.S. surgeon general’s groundbreaking report in 1964, the number of adults who smoke has declined from 43 percent to 14 percent in 2019. Cigarette … More >>
The fight against COVID-19 has expanded to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) items. On Friday, March 26, the IRS released Announcement 2021-7, which qualifies PPE purchased for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as medical expenses under section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. The regulation allows specific items to be … More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Rev. Proc. 2020-45, announcing annual limits for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, maximum carryover amounts, and Transportation benefit (Transit/Commuter/Parking) contribution limits. FSA, LPFSA, and related limits for 2021 will remain the same as they are for 2020. Learn more about 2021 FSA contribution limits and other updates below. 2021 … More >>
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an excellent financial tool that helps millions of workers cover out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Sponsored through an employer, an FSA is usually funded through a payroll deduction each pay period over the course of the plan year. When an employee’s job status changes due to a layoff, change in employer, … More >>
Today’s healthcare consumers have more choice than ever when it comes to healthcare benefits. However, research suggests they are not utilizing those benefits as effectively as they could, in large part due to lack of knowledge and understanding about them. For third party administrators, understanding where the gaps exist and providing solutions to address them … More >>
The IRS, Department of Labor, and other federal agencies released an update on COBRA extensions and claims filing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This latest guidance comes after Congress passed the CARES Act in late March and other initiatives to ease the economic pain on American workers and companies. The final notice, published April 29, … More >>
Benefits brokers and consultants are in prime position to help their clients reshape and take a proactive approach to employee benefits. Historically, employee benefits strategies have focused on traditional healthcare and retirement offerings, but today’s employees expect a broader and more flexible benefits package.
In a new spending bill approved last week, the controversial Cadillac Tax has been permanently repealed. On December 17, 2019, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that approved federal funding for 2020, repealed the Cadillac Tax, and extended PCORI, among other things. The Senate approved two days later, and then on Friday, December … More >>
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (December 12, 2019) – DataPath, Inc., a leading developer of technology solutions for employer-sponsored benefits administration, announced today the release of a whitepaper titled, “Addressing Education Gaps is Key to TPA Growth.” In the whitepaper, DataPath summarizes findings from a survey they conducted in August 2019 that focuses on employees and their … More >>