‘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 >>

Coronavirus and Your FSA/HSA

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2) is the formal name of the coronavirus responsible for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, since the original outbreak we have so far experienced two variants, Delta and Omicron. Public health experts believe that, like influenza, COVID will eventually become endemic – never completely disappearing, but due to vaccination … 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 >>

HSA Benefits: Portability, Health Coverage Changes, Deferred Reimbursements, and More!

Health Savings Account (HSA) owners – there may be some upsides to your tax-advantaged healthcare benefit account you aren’t aware of. Most people have heard of the triple tax savings: tax-free contributions, tax-free earnings, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified healthcare expenses. Though HSAs are designed primarily to reduce healthcare costs, the accounts have ‘hidden gem’ … More >>

2022 HSA Contribution Limits and More

The IRS has announced the 2022 HSA contribution limits, HDHP minimum deductibles, and maximum out-of-pocket expense limits. Also included in the agency’s announcement are the 2022 limits for Excepted Benefit HRAs. Learn more below. 2022 HSA Contribution Limits Health Savings Account (HSA) owners will see an increase in how much they can contribute to their … 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 >>

Excess HSA Contributions

Healthcare can be very expensive, but with a tax-advantaged tool like the Health Savings Account (HSA), it can help lower costs. A high deductible healthcare plan (HDHP) – a requirement to open and contribute to an HSA – allows healthcare consumers to save on premiums and set aside tax-free money for out-of-pocket medical expenses. But, … More >>

FSA and HSA: Can You Have Them at the Same Time?

During open enrollment, a question people commonly ask is, “Can I have an FSA and HSA at the same time?” Both accounts are popular because they help people save on healthcare expenses and increase their tax savings. Let’s take a look at both accounts and see if you can have an FSA and an HSA … More >>