Benefits Buzz

Posted April 11th, 2014 in Producers, Employers

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.” Although much of the law is designed to fix problems with the Medicare program, the law also included a repeal of the deductible limits that apply to small group health plans. In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established deductible limits for health plans offered to small employers (defined as up to 50 employees in most states).

Posted April 4th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued long awaited guidance that details how someone can be Health Savings Account (HSA)-eligible the following plan year if they have access to funds that rollover from a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) from the previous plan year. 

Posted April 2nd, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Each year on April 2, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) champions the effort to recognize all those who participate in the employee benefits industry and their hard work. As an IFEBP member, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) wants to thank you for your business and remind you to participate in the festivities, as well.

Posted March 28th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Applies to those who have started the enrollment process and experienced an error

Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that some consumers will have until mid-April if they were unable to enroll because of an error by the federal exchange or by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). People will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll for on-exchange plans before the deadline. 
Posted March 21st, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Let José walk you through what a Health Savings Account (HSA) is.

This high-level overview shows some things that HSA money can be used for along with maximum contributions for 2014.

Click through the slides below for the details and feel free to share with a friend.

Posted March 14th, 2014 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Last week, the Obama administration released several new Affordable Care Act (ACA) guidelines. Of particular note, any individual or small group with a non-ACA compliant plan will be able to keep that plan in place for additional time.

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