‘Transparency in Coverage’ Rule Now in Effect

Healthcare costs have been on the rise for decades, and this year is on track to continue that trajectory. Current predictions are that costs will likely trend up about 6.5 percent in 2021, especially in the areas of mental health and ongoing COVID-19 care. The portion of healthcare costs that a patient is responsible for after … More >>

Benefits Participation Requires Education

Many companies work hard to offer great benefit plans to their employees. But plan documents can be hard to understand and may discourage employees from enrolling at all – and if they do enroll, they may not use their benefits as much as they could, or should. As a result, employers pay for benefits not … More >>

Face Masks and Related PPE Now Qualify for FSA, HRA, HSA Reimbursement

In response to the Delta variant, face masks are once again at the forefront of efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19. When used for this purpose, they are considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which became a qualified medical expense under Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code in March, 2021. On March 26, the … More >>

COVID-19 PPE Approved for FSA, HRA, HSA Reimbursement

The fight against COVID-19 has expanded to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) items with employer-sponsored benefit accounts. On Friday, March 26, the IRS released Announcement 2021-7, which approves PPE purchased for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 as medical expenses under section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code. The regulation allows … More >>

HRA Plan Types: What’s Right for Your Company?

With new legislation over the past few years, Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are getting increased attention from employers. New HRA plan types now feature expanded eligible expenses, funding options, and insurance requirements, and can be another affordable option for companies looking to enhance their benefits. Learn more about HRAs below. What is an HRA?   … More >>

HRA vs HSA – What’s the Difference?

Do you know the difference between a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and a Health Savings Account (HSA)? While they sound similar, they are actually quite different. Let’s cover the similarities first. As part of consumer directed healthcare, the purpose of both an HRA and an HSA is to make healthcare more affordable for workers and … More >>

The Summary Plan Description – An Explanation

Summary Plan Description

If you sign up for healthcare benefits through your employer, you have access to your company’s Summary Plan Description (SPD). In short, the SPD provides important details about your benefits plan and how the plan works. An SPD is required by law and must define when employees become eligible to participate in the plan, how … More >>

Health Reimbursement Arrangement FAQs

HRA FAQs, questions in meeting

The following guide provides answers to frequently asked questions about Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA FAQs). A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is part of consumer driven healthcare, allowing participants to use set aside money to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses for themselves and their families. While HRAs have the same basic legal guidelines as other types … More >>

2018 Healthcare Trends: What’s In Store for Healthcare Consumers

With the start of a new year, we can’t help but wonder which healthcare trends are in store for 2018. Coming off an interesting 2017, the next twelve months looks to be even more exciting. This year, attempts to manage escalating insurance and medical costs are at the center of industry trends. Contributing to the … More >>