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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
Debit cards can provide quick access to employee Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), but not all card swipes are free from substantiation. Read more about why Employee Benefits Corporation requires substantiation and when.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medical , Debit Cards , FSA , HSA , HRA , Medical Expenses , Auto Substantiation , Copay Matching , Recurring Claims , Real Time Substantiation , IIAS

Debit Cards: To Swipe or Not To Swipe

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The IRS has specific rules about when and how debit cards can be used for FSAs, HRAs and HSAs, which can cause confusion for card holders. We will answer some frequently asked questions on where cards can be used, on what purchase can be made, and more.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Medical , Debit Cards , FSA , HSA , HRA , Medical Expenses , OTC Drugs
As the April 15th income tax deadline quickly approaches, employees that participate in a cafeteria plan that includes employer sponsored health insurance, health care flexible spending accounts (HCFSA), dependent care flexible spending accounts (DCFSA), or health savings accounts (HSA) should keep a few things in mind.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HCFSA , HSA , DCFSA , Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Savings Accounts , Health Flexible Spending Accounts , IRS Form 2441 , IRS Form 8889 , W-2 , IRS , Income Tax Deadline , April 15th , 2018 tax deadline , IRS Form 1099-SA
The answer will be different depending upon if the employee has a cafeteria plan with run out, grace period or rollover. The employee is not eligible for an HSA if he/she has disqualifying coverage.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Care FSA , Limited Health Care FSA , Health Savings Account Eligibility , Grace Period , Run out period , Rollover
As we ring in 2019, calendar year cafeteria plan have also started the new 2019 plan year. Employers might be wondering whether it is really too late to allow employees to make changes to or even revoke their flexible spending account (FSA) elections, especially if it is prior to the first payroll for the new plan year.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: FSA , Permitted Election Change , Irrevocable , Plan Year
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

Dependent Care FSA Considerations at Open Enrollment

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Why should you consider the Dependent Care FSA at Open Enrollment this year. We will review some key concepts and outline the advantages that the Dependent Care FSA can provide.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: Dependent Care FSA , Flexible Spending Account , Dependent Care Tax Credit , DCTC , Form 2441

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 all circumstances.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: Limited Health Care FSA , HSA , Health Savings Accounts , FSA
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
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