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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

IRS Announces HSA Limits for 2020

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The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-25 that provides the Health Savings Accounts (HSA) limits for 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , 2020 Limits , 2020 HSA Limits , Rev Proc 2019-25

DOL Releases Inflation Adjusted Penalties for 2019

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The Department of Labor (DOL) recently published the Final Rule regarding the DOL Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2019 setting forth the inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties for violations pertaining to health and welfare benefit plans and pension and retirement plans.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: DOL , Penalty , 2019 , Inflation adjusted
The IRS issued Notice 2019-02, announcing the optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medical , Mileage , 2019 limits , Medical Mileage , Business Mileage , Moving Mileage , IRS , IRS Notice 2019-02 , Charitable Mileage
Today the IRS officially announced under Revenue Procedure 2018-57, the 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Included in the announcement is the inflation adjusted 2019 limits for Health Care flexible spending accounts (FSA) under an IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan and the Parking and Transit account limits under and IRC Section 132 Transportation Plan.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Revenue Procedure 2018-57 , Health FSA Limit 2019 , Transportation Plan Limits 2019

IRS Announces 2019 Pension Plan Limits

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Today, the IRS released Notice 2018-83, announcing the cost of living adjustments for pension plans and other retirement related items for the tax year 2019. Some of the more notable changes include...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: IRS , Pension Plans , 2019 Limits , IRS Notice 2018-83 , Highly compensated employee , Key Employee , Nondiscrimination Testing , IRA , 401k , 457 , 403(b) , Roth IRA
Most notably a projected increase to the 2019 Health Care FSA limit of $50 or an annual maximum is $2,700 per plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: Health Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Projected Health Care FSA Limit , $2700 per plan year , Affordable Care Act , Tax Reform , C-CPI-U , 2019
The updates for QSEHRA and Transportation benefits for 2019 are as follows:
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: QSEHRA , Transit , Parking , 2019 Limits , Qualified Small Employer HRA , Transportation Plans

Will My HRA Be HSA Compatible in 2019?

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As you approach 2019 and may be considering implementing a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA), now is a good time to begin reviewing your existing Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) to ensure it remains HSA compatible. If you currently have an HRA and an HSA arrangement or you are looking to implement a HSA compatible HRA you will also need to review the plan design details to ensure HSA compatibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HRA , HSA Compatible , Minimum HDHP Deductible , 2019 limits

Health Savings Account (HSA) Eligibility Rules

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HSAs continue to grow in popularity. So why doesn’t everyone open an HSA? To be HSA eligible, you must meet certain requirements. So exactly who is eligible to establish an HSA account and make an HSA contribution or have a contribution made on his/her behalf (e.g., by an employer)?
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , FSA , Flexible Spending Accout , HSA eligibility , IRS , Disqualifying coverage , Permitted Coverage , Minimum Deductible , Maximum OOP , 2019 HSA limits , 2018 HSA Limits
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