HSA

Posted December 28th, 2022 in Family, Individuals

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have become a popular way to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses and/or save for future medical expenses. HSAs are considered by many to be the “unicorn” of financial accounts. The primary reason for this claim to fame are the triple tax advantage features of HSAs. Contributions are taxdeductible, earnings and interest grow tax-deferred, and withdrawals are tax-free provided the money is used for an out-of-pocket medical expense.

Posted December 21st, 2022 in

Many telemedicine programs disqualify a person from making contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA). Generally, telemedicine programs that have a $0 copay or low dollar copay will eliminate HSA eligibility. Typically, a telemedicine program must apply the full cost of the virtual visit to the deductible, or it can only cover limited benefits (e.g., preventive-only services, dental-only services) to preserve HSA eligibility.

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Posted December 7th, 2022 in Employers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created a research institute known as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORI is to help patients and those who care for them make better-informed decisions about healthcare choices. PCORI is funded in part by fees which are charged to health plans.

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Posted May 11th, 2022 in Individuals

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Rev. Proc. 2022-24 which includes the 2023 limits for qualified high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Below is a summary of these limits:

Minimum Deductible to Qualify as an HDHP

Posted May 2nd, 2022 in Individuals

Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSAs) have become one of the hottest new employee benefit programs. LSAs are sometimes referred to by other names, such as Personal Spending Accounts or some even refer to them simply as Wellness Programs. There could be a slew of other names, but we refer to them as LSAs.

Posted April 6th, 2021 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published Announcement 2021-7 which indicates Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, may be reimbursed under a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), or a Health Savings Account (HSA).  These expenses are eligible for reimbursement if the primary reason for the purchase is to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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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 November 3rd, 2020 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2020-45 on October 26th with 2021 inflation adjustments for various provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”). Included in the announcement are maximum contribution limits for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and other employee benefit programs. A summary of some of the 2021 contribution limits has been provided below.

Posted August 13th, 2020 in Employers, Producers

Technology has influenced employee behavior and changed expectations. They are no longer comparing good and services, but instead experiences. As a result, they are demanding innovation, engagement, and personalization across every aspect of thier lives, including healthcare.

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