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Posted March 4th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Is your benefits administrator not living up to your standards? Are customer service let-downs and reimbursement problems giving you headaches? Are you worried about sticking it out until your next renewal? Well, worry no more! You don’t need to wait until your next renewal to find a better benefits administrator.

Posted February 25th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

UPDATE: We have since received additional guidance from the Department of Labor, which clarifies that the COBRA extension end date is specific to each individual.

Posted February 25th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released Notice 2021-15 which supplements legislation that was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 pertaining to new, temporary options employers can implement to their Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (Health FSAs and Dependent Care FSAs).

Posted February 17th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are one of the fastest-growing employee benefits-and for good reason! There's no other vehicle under the tax code that has the kind of preferential treatment that HSAs provide. Stacking HSAs with an HRA or FSA maximizes both employer and employee tax savings and gives employees more flexibility to pay for current healthcare needs and save for future needs.

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Posted February 2nd, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Why employees should max out their HSA contributions

Most people don’t think about an HSA as a savings account. Instead, they think of it as an account used to set aside money, tax-free, to pay for healthcare expenses. While this is true, the reality is an HSA is much more than a bank account. It’s a long-term savings vehicle.

Posted January 26th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States less than one week ago, and he has already introduced his ideas for a third economic stimulus package.

Posted January 19th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law on December 27, 2020. As part of the law, a new stimulus package was included that impacts Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care FSAs).

Posted January 13th, 2021 in Employers, Producers

Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) first became available in 2020. ICHRAs allow employers to reimburse employees for individual health insurance coverage (or Medicare coverage) that employees obtain on their own. ICHRAs provide employers with an alternative to offering traditional group health insurance coverage to employees.

Posted December 29th, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

President Donald Trump signed a new stimulus bill into law on December 27, 2020 which will provide direct payments to eligible individuals and loans to small businesses, among other things. Among those other things are temporary and optional changes that employers can implement to Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (Health FSAs and Dependent Care FSAs).

Posted December 22nd, 2020 in Employers, Producers

As we approach the new year, it is important that employers and benefit advisors not forgot some of the reporting obligations that come along with offering group health plans and other employee benefit programs.

Here are four reporting reminders:

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