2019 FSA contribution limits will increase by $50.00, going from $2,650 to $2,700. The increased contribution limit affects health FSAs and limited purpose FSAs. Health FSAs may be used for a wide range of out-of-pocket healthcare expenses, including co-pays, deductibles, most dental and vision services, prescriptions, and more. Limited Purpose FSAs are coupled with an HSA and may be used for vision and dental expenses only. Dependent Care Assistance Plans will stay at the $5,000 annual limit.
Captain Contributor Avenges Workers Wronged by Poor Benefits Planning By Caroline Hroncich at Employee Benefit Adviser When disasters come knocking, Superman or Batman can help save the day. But when benefits problems are on the horizon, Captain Contributor is the superhero employees might want to turn to. A former tax accountant turned superhero (his origin … More >>
The Trump administration recently released a proposed rule that, if finalized, would expand access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The proposed rule, issued by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and Treasury, would lift restrictions on the use of employer-sponsored benefit accounts to purchase health insurance on the individual marketplace. The … More >>
DataPath Adds Podcast Series to Award-Winning Benefits Education Program LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (October 25, 2018) – DataPath, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for benefits administration, announced today that is has released a podcast series for its award-winning employee education and engagement program, The Adventures of Captain Contributor. The three-part podcast series is timed … More >>
Partner Marketing Programs Can Affect a TPA’s Ability to Control Costs and Successfully Grow Business LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 17, 2018) — When third-party administrators (TPAs) evaluate potential benefits administration platforms, one frequently overlooked part of the selection process is the platform provider’s partner marketing program. A new white paper from DataPath, Inc., a leading … More >>
Employee benefits strategies are rapidly changing in response to the constantly evolving work environment. Increasingly, employers are taking a closer look at their benefit plans to see if they still align with the demands of today’s workforce. Historically, employee benefits strategies have focused mainly on traditional healthcare and retirement offerings. But todays employees – especially … More >>
Increasing Enrollment Starts with Employee Engagement October 1, 2018 By Bo Armstrong Originally Posted on BenefitsPRO.com Low employee engagement in benefits programs is a common problem, one that continues to grow as health care benefits become more complicated and costs continue to rise. In fact, many large employers report year-long engagement rates among employees and … More >>
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).
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two new bills that could have a significant impact on who qualifies for HSAs and how they are used. Both bills – H.R. 6199 and H.R. 6311 – were backed by the Republican Party, and both received crossover support from Democrats, allowing them to pass by significant majorities. … More >>
DataPath Wins Second NHIA Award for Captain Contributor Employee Education, Engagement Program Little Rock, Ark. (September 11, 2018) – DataPath, Inc., a leading national provider of technology solutions for benefits administration, is the recipient of the 2018 National Health Information Awards’ (NHIA) Bronze Award for its employee education and engagement program, The Adventures of Captain … More >>
A Section 125 Cafeteria Plan is an employer-sponsored benefits plan that lets employees pay for certain qualified medical expenses – such as health insurance premiums – on a pre-tax basis. It’s called a “cafeteria plan” because, like walking through a cafeteria and selecting various dishes to eat, employees can choose the types of healthcare options … More >>
Mental health currently represents one of the biggest healthcare challenges in the United States. It is estimated that: One out of every five adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness at some point in their lives Nearly 10 million adults live with a serious mental illness One-half of all chronic mental illnesses begin by … More >>
American businesses lose billions of dollars every year due to employees missing work due to physical sickness and mental health issues. Many businesses also deal with the practice of absenteeism – employees missing work on a regular basis without good reason. But increasingly, research is showing that presenteeism can cost businesses far more if they … More >>