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When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for employees to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with rollover.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Rollover
Standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts (HCFSAs) which may reimburse medical expenses are disqualifying coverage for both an individual as well as their spouse for purposes of the tax benefits of a health savings account (HSA). Employees wishing to open and contribute to an HSA (or have employer contributions into their HSA) would not be eligible if their spouse has a standard HCFSA (unless the FSA is a limited purpose FSA with reimbursements restricted to dental and vision expenses).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , FSA
When an employer is implementing a Health Savings Account (HSA) qualified high deductible health plan for the first time, or when they offer it as one plan option among many, it is important for the plan participant to understand how other coverage can impact their HSA eligibility. This includes plans from the prior plan year that extend benefits into the new plan year, such as standard Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts with Grace Period.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Accounts , Flexible Spending Account , FSA , Health Care FSA , Grace Period

IRS Announces 2020 Health Care FSA Limits

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Today, the IRS officially announced the 2020 annual inflation adjustments for multiple tax provisions, including the adjusted 2020 limits for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs).
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance | Tags: 2020 FSA Limits , Health Care FSA Limit 2020 , Revenue Procedure 2019-44

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
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
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
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
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