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Advantages of Stacking Limited Health FSA with HSAs

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Some may think that enrolling in a Health Savings Account (HSA) means that you no longer can or need to participate in a Health Care flexible spending account (FSA)and that is not necessarily true in call circumstances.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Limited Health Care FSA , HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA
On July 23, H.R.6199 Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 and H.R.6311 Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 were approved 8-4 in a party line vote by the House Rules Committee. During the proceedings, 2 amendments were offered and both failed. Consequently, the two bills moved on to the House floor. On July 25th under a closed-rule process, the H.R.6199 vote passed with bipartisan support in a 27...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HR 6311 , HR 6199 , HSA , FSA , HRA , House , Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018 , Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018

Consumer Driven Health Care Activity on the Hill

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The House Ways and Means Committee marked up several bills mid-July that would raise contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) and expand the allowable uses of these accounts, at a cost of $41 billion over ten years, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates. Collectively all the bills would cost an estimated $92 billion over the next ten years.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA , Flexible Spending Account , OTC , Internal Revenue Code , Medicare and HSA eligibility , Premium Tax Credit , Medical Device Tax , Cadillac Tax , IRS , ACA , HDHP
Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) co-authored H.R. 5138, the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act. The proposed legislation would improve Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for millions of Americans The legislation is co-sponsored by Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act , Sen. Kelly , HR 5138 , Health Savings Act of 2017 , Sen. Hatch , FSA , HRA , S 403
In late August, the Office of Management and Budget approved the DOL’s proposal to extend the transition period for full implementation of the new Fiduciary Rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions by 18 months—from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. The DOL also issued additional FAQ guidance relating to the Fiduciary Rule.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: fiduciary , fiduciary rule , Department of Labor , DOL , PTE , HSA , health savings accounts , arbitration , FAQ , prohibited transaction exemptions , best interest , ERISA , Internal Revenue Code
On June 9, 2017, new Department of Labor regulations (“Fiduciary Rules”) took effect which expand the categories of persons who may now be considered plan “fiduciaries” under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. The new Fiduciary Rules broaden the definition of plan “fiduciary” to include persons who provide investment advice to account holders of Individual Retirement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts (“HSAs”). As such, the new Fiduciary Rules have important implications for HSA ser...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , fiduciary rules , fiduciary , service provider , employer , TPA , third-party administrator , third party administrator , invest , advice , recommendation
The DOL released a proposed regulation last week that would delay the applicability date of the new fiduciary rules and related PTEs until June 9, 2017.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: fiduciary , fiduciary rules , executive order , DOL , Department of Labor , HSA , Health Savings Accounts
President Trump recently issued an executive order instructing the Department of Labor to review new fiduciary rules that were scheduled to take effect on April 10, 2017. In relevant part, these fiduciary rules would modify the standard of care for institutions and individuals who provide investment advice or recommendations to IRA and HSA holders, provide a private cause of action for a breach of that standard of care and impose excise taxes for violations of certain prohibited transactions.
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Categories: Compliance | Tags: Fiduciary , Executive Order , fiduciary rules , DOL , Department of Labor , HSA , Health Savings Accounts
Last week, Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Health Savings Act of 2017, S.403. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eric Paulsen (R-3rd MN). The legislation would expand the use of HSAs by broadening eligibility rules, increasing maximum contribution limits and widening the universe of expenses that could be reimbursed from HSAs. The legislation also contains provisions pertaining to the interaction between HSAs, FSAs and...
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Categories: Health Care Reform | Tags: HSA , HRA , FSA , Health Savings Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Care Reform