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 >>
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.
Diversified Administration, Inc., a third party administration firm, seeks to deliver top quality to its clients. The company focuses on helping employees to maximize take-home pay and businesses to increase tax savings, lower premiums, and generate increased employee loyalty. To accomplish this, Diversified Administration, Inc. partnered with DataPath to administer consumer directed healthcare (CDH) accounts … More >>
The Cures Act allows small employers to offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to their workforce to help cover the cost of medical expenses and health insurance premiums for themselves and their families. Employers and workers alike have questions about how a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) will affect them. Legal experts are in the process of interpreting the law, but here’s a list of some QSEHRA FAQs and their answers that are generally agreed upon.
When it comes to consumer driven healthcare (CDH), there are three popular employer-sponsored benefit accounts: Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), and Health Savings Account (HSA). On first glance, when comparing an FSA vs HSA, FSA vs HRA, or HRA vs HSA, it can feel a little daunting. Each account has some overlapping similarities, but each is remarkably different.
The following infographic highlights the important points regarding the 21st Century Cures Act and standalone HRAs for insurance premium reimbursements. The Cures Act affects millions of small businesses and their employees. Learn how DataPath can help you administer small business HRAs. The 21st Century Cures Act On December 13, 2016, President Obama approved the 21st … More >>