Computer technology is continually evolving. The benefits administration platforms of years past are ill-equipped to meet the demands of 21st century users, and benefits administrators are looking for increased efficiency, better data integrity, and greater value from COBRA software vendors.
For TPAs who offer HSA administration services, understanding HDHP enrollment and wellness program participation can be key when talking to clients and prospects. This article outlines the link between HDHP insurance and wellness programs. How High Deductible Health Plans Increase Wellness Program Participation The cost of healthcare premiums continues to go up for both employers … More >>
DataPath, Inc., a leading innovator in the consumer-directed healthcare industry, announced today new COBRA billing functionality in Summit, the company’s cloud-based benefits administration platform. With Summit COBRA, benefits administrators will be able to perform both CDH and COBRA account administration within the industry’s only fully-unified cloud system.
In 2017, the IRS released official guidance on the usage of Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs) in Notice 2017-67. The guidance comes nearly a year after the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act and contains 79 questions and answers in a 59-page document.
On Friday, October 20, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released updated rules for 2018 contribution limits for health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Transportation benefits, and Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRAs). These amounts go into effect on January 1, 2018. The 2018 FSA contribution limits, and other benefit account increases are as follows: 2018 … More >>
Through an executive order signed Thursday, October 12, President Donald Trump lifted some insurance rules that were put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President’s executive order, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” prioritizes three areas for his Administration: association health plans, short-term limited-duration insurance, and Health Reimbursement Arrangements … More >>
Imagine a healthcare system where everyone in the U.S. is a knowledgeable, savvy consumer of medical services and plays an active role in purchasing and consuming the services they receive. With the advent of healthcare consumerism – a movement to make the delivery of healthcare services more efficient and cost-effective – it may be here … More >>
A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is part of consumer driven healthcare. While HRAs have the same basic legal guidelines as other types of reimbursement accounts, they differ in that they’re funded exclusively by the sponsoring employer. Funding amounts and eligible expenses are unique to each employer.
Healthcare spending accounts, such as Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), help individuals and families pay for medical expenses. They also provide more control over how and where to pay for those expenses. One frequently asked question is “can a person have both an HRA and HSA at the same time?”. The … More >>
In today’s cost-conscious healthcare environment, small businesses have several tools they can use to manage the cost of providing employees with a healthcare plan. One of the most effective is a Health Reimbursement Arrangement, or HRA. Not only do HRAs enable employers to use tax-deductible funding to help employees pay for healthcare expenses, they also … More >>
View the infographic below to discover the value of consumer directed healthcare accounts. The graphic features an overview of HSAs, HRAs, and FSAs, along with other helpful information. What is a Consumer Directed Healthcare Account? A consumer directed healthcare account is a type of medical savings account that: Helps pay for eligible medical expenses Can … More >>
Employees, employers and TPAs all find value from a strong employer benefits package. Employer-sponsored debit cards can further bolster benefits offerings. In today’s fast-paced world, where time is of the essence, debit cards provide an efficient payment method for consumers everywhere. They eliminate the time and hassle involved in writing checks or stopping at the … More >>
Millennials are younger and healthier in comparison to their Gen X and Baby Boomer peers. Are Millennials and HDHPs with HSAs a good fit for employers and TPAs? A recent study on adults with health insurance shed light on the healthcare spending habits of the up-and-coming Millennial generation. Among the findings are that younger workers … More >>
Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with a vote of 217-213. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval. In its current form, AHCA affects tax-advantaged health care accounts: Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Reimbursement Arrangements. It also has tax implications for employers and people … More >>
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are employer-sponsored benefit plans that allow employees to withdraw tax-free money to pay for qualified medical expenses. Unlike other types of employer-sponsored healthcare benefits, the employer owns the HRA and completely funds it; employees do not make contributions. If your employer offers an HRA, here are some important things to know about the accounts.