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Advantages of Offering an FSA with Your HSA

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Some employers consider discontinuing the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) once they begin offering a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan. Doing this actually limits access to pre-tax benefits for both the employer as well as plan participants. Rather than discontinuing an HCFSA, consider offering an HSA compatible HCFSA for dental and vision expenses. This provides a richer benefits package and maximizes the tax savings for both employer and employ...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , limited health care FSA , FSA , limited purpose , tax savings , stacking
On June 13, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule allowing employers of all sizes to offer two new kinds of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) beginning in January 2020. The two new HRAs include: individual coverage HRAs (ICHRA) and excepted benefit HRAs (EBHRA) Further, proposed regulations were released last week specific to how the Employer Shared Responsibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and nondiscrimination tes...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: ICHRA , Proposed Regulations , Employer Shared Responsibility , Pay or Play , Nondiscrimination Testing , HRA
The nondiscrimination tests are a series of tests that are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine if plans unjustly favor higher-paid individuals or those who own or are in charge within an organization. Employers are required to perform annual nondiscrimination tests or hire a third party to conduct testing on their cafeteria plan. Employee Benefits Corporation provides nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex and BESTflex Premium Only Plan clients as part of our standar...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Cafeteria Plan , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , HCFSA , DCFSA , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , IRS , Annual Compensation , Gross Compensation , W-2
Annually, the limits for various benefits, including qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRA) and transportation benefits are increased based on inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), for the 12-month period ending August 31st. The August 2019 CPI was released this week and Thomson Reuters has reported on projected inflation adjustments for 2020 health, charitable, compliance and other specialty items.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Transportation Benefits , Transit , Parking , QSEHRA , CPI-U , Plan Limits , Inflation

Medicare Part D Notice Deadline Approaching

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Annually, employers who offer prescription drug coverage are responsible for providing notice to their Medicare-eligible plan participants (employees, former employees, and covered dependents) regarding the creditability status of their prescription drug coverage. This notice is required prior to the start of the Medicare Part D annual enrollment period, no later than October 14, 2019.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medicare Part D , Certificate of Creditable Coverage , Non-Creditable Coverage , Notice Requirement
Nondiscrimination tests are a series of tests that are required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to determine if plans unjustly favor higher-paid individuals or those who own or are in charge within an organization. Employers are required to perform annual nondiscrimination tests or hire a third party to conduct testing on their plan. Employee Benefits Corporation includes nondiscrimination testing for our BESTflex, BESTflex Self-Administration and BESTflex Premium Only Plan cafeteria plan...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Nondiscrimination Testing , NDT , Key Employees , Highly Compensated Employees , Non-Highly Compensated Employees , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Premium , Cafeteria Plan

Ensure Your HRA is HSA Compatible in 2020

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The new year is fast approaching! Employers who currently offer a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) paired with a high deductible health plan (HDHP) and a Health Savings Account (HSA), or are considering doing so for the upcoming plan year, should pay special attention to the fact that the minimum HDHP deductible limits have changed! In order to maintain HSA compatibility, your HRA may need to be amended for 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Health Reimbursement Arrangement , HRA , Health Savings Account , HSA , Stacking Benefits , 2020 Limits , HSA Compatible
Every year, more employers are adding high deductible health plans (HDHP) along with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to their benefit offerings to help curb the rising cost of health premiums, as well as help employees become better stewards of their health care dollars. If you are considering implementing a HSA for the upcoming 2020 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing plan(s). This will allow you to identify any issues and make any required modifica...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , HDHP , High Deductible Health Plan , HSA Compatible , Disqualifying Coverage , Limited Health FSA , HRA , Cafeteria Plans , Grace Period , Rollover , Embedded , Aggregate
July 17, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2019-45, which for purposes of HSAs, provides a list of medical care expenses that may be treated as preventive care benefits under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). As a result of this Notice, preventive care has been expanded to include care for certain chronic medical conditions.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , Preventive Care , Chronic Care , Chronic Medical Conditions , Section 223 , IRS Notice 2019-45 , Executive Order , Treasury Department , IRS
The deadline to file Form 5500s for 2018 calendar year plans is 7/31/2019. If you have missed a filing deadline, there are different consequences and remedies available to Employers/Plan Sponsors. Review the options available and potential penalty fees associated with each below.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS , Form 5500 , Form 5558 , DFVCP , Delinquent Filers , Penalties
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