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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

Final HRA Regulations Released

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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). The two new HRAs made available include (1) individual-coverage HRAs (ICHRA) and (2) excepted-benefit HRAs. These new HRAs must meet certain conditions and may be offered to employees on or after January 1, 2020. The departments also posted FAQs on the new rule that include a Q & A as we...
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: HRA , ICHRA , Excepted-benefit HRA , Individual-coverage HRA , HRA Final Regs , HRA Final Regulations , 1/1/2020

IRS Releases Updated Form 720 for PCOR Fees

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The IRS has released a revision to IRS Form 720 and Form 720 Instructions, which is to be used for the PCOR fees due July 31, 2019.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: PCOR , PCOR fee , Patient-Centered Outcome Research Fee , July 31 , IRS Form 720 , HRA

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

Proposed Rule Will Expand HRA Options In 2020

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The proposed HRA rules released last week, would generally retain the current types of permitted HRAs (integrated HRAs, HRAs restricted to excepted benefits like dental and vision expenses, and retiree-only HRAs); Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (QSEHRA) and also will eventually allow two new types of HRAs effective January 1, 2020.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: HRA , QSEHRA , Premium Reimbursement Account , PRHRA , Excepted Benefit HRA , IRS , DOL , ECFC
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
If you are looking at implementing a Health Savings Account during this upcoming 2019 open enrollment season, you should carefully review the details of your existing benefit plan(s), in order to identify any issues and make any required modifications in advance when possible to preserve HSA eligibility.
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Categories: Benefits in General, Compliance, Health Care in General | Tags: HSA , Health FSA , HRA , Health Savings Account , Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts , Health Reimbursement Arrangements , HSA Headaches , Disqualifying Coverage , Qualified HDHP , HDHP , Rollover , Grace Period , HSA eligibility
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

IRS Releases Updated Form 720 for PCOR Fees

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The IRS has released a revision to the IRS Form 720 and Form 720 instructions that can be used for the PCOR fees due by July 31, 2018.
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Categories: Health Care Reform, Compliance | Tags: PCOR Fee , Patient Centered Outcome Research Fee , July 31 , IRS Form 720 , HRA
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