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Tips for Employees Who Lose Health Coverage

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Many employers are facing business shutdowns, closures, or reduced operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, employers may need to reduce staff hours, or lay off or furlough employees, which may have an impact on benefit eligibility. Many of the decisions individuals will make are time sensitive and employers and brokers may want to help employees understand their options when faced with loss of health plan coverage.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care in General | Tags: COBRA , Marketplace , Subsidy
The U.S. government continues to develop and enact legislation to aid employers and individuals in light of COVID-19. Today, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which includes, among numerous provisions designed to stimulate and protect the American economy, a provision to allow individuals to use their Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), and Health Savings Account (HSA) funds tax free to purchase over-the-c...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CARES Act , Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act , Coronavirus , COVID-19 , Over-the-counter medications , OTC , Menstrual care products , telemedicine , HSA eligibility
The IRS has issued Notice 2020-15, which provides relief for testing and treatment for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) from being disqualifying coverage for eligibility to contribute to a Health Savings Account. Health Plans are permitted to offer these services before the minimum High Deductible Health Plan deductible has been satisfied.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , HDHP , High Deductible Health Plan , COVID-19 , Coronavirus , Notice 2020-15
The IRS has published revised versions of various forms and instructions used by taxpayers to assist them in preparing their 2019 income tax returns. For Health Savings Account (HSA) accountholders, in addition to your IRS Form 1040, you must also complete Form 8889. Based on your contributions and distributions during the year, you may need to include Schedule 1 and/or Schedule 2.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health Savings Account , Form 8889 , Schedule 1 , Schedule 2 , Form 1040 , IRS , 2019 tax filing , penalty
Entities that provide prescription drug coverage to Medicare Part D eligible individuals must disclose to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) whether the coverage is "creditable prescription drug coverage".
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Categories: Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: CMS , Creditable Coverage , March 1st , Disclosure , Medicare Part D Notice
The IRS has released the latest version of Publication 502 for use in preparing 2019 tax returns. Taxpayers interested in filing itemized deductions for medical expenses will find the IRS Pub. 502 a useful resource when preparing their federal income tax returns.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: IRS Pub 502 , Publication 502 , Medical Expenses , Itemized Medical Expenses , 2019 Tax Filing

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
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