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6 Times an HSA Could Have Come in Handy for Your Favorite Holiday Movie Characters

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:22 AM

If a lot of Christmas movies seem to be fueled by injuries, property damage and other mishaps and disasters, maybe it’s just art imitating life. Ladders, ice, saws, electric lights and dangling mdecorations lead to a few hundred real-life Clark Griswold–style Christmas injuries every year. So be careful out there, use your common sense, and keep contributing to your health savings account (HSA). It could come in handy in all sorts of unexpected seasonal ways—in fact, we found six instances where having funds socked away in an HSA may have made Christmas a bit merrier for some of our favorite holiday movie characters:

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Tags: HSA, Health Savings Accounts, Christmas

Employers, Here’s What to Tell Your Employees About Their HSA or FSA to Close Out the Year

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Tuesday, December 03, 2019 @ 05:09 PM

If you’re an employer or benefits administrator, part of your job during open enrollment is to equip employees with the information they need to make the best decision about their healthcare benefits. This year is no exception.

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Tags: FSA, HSA, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment

IRS Announces FSA and Parking/Transit Adjustments for 2020

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Wednesday, November 06, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

IRS ANNOUNCES ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2020

Today, November 6, 2019, the IRS released a statement announcing the Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Qualified Parking and Transportation Account election limits for any plan years beginning in 2020.

 

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Tags: IRS, FSA, HSA, contribution limits, irs bulletin, Dependent Care FSA, 2020, Qualified Parking, Qualified Transportation, Commuter Benefits

Alphabet Soup: Helping Consumers Decode Acronyms in Healthcare Benefits

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 07:28 AM

Overwhelmed by a dizzying string of options and acronyms, some Americans are overlooking their best options for health coverage simply because they’re confused by the terminology. Especially for Millennials and Gen Z, just graduating and launching careers, the choice for health coverage must be made quickly, often amidst a barrage of employer-supplied documents, with little time to research. Unfortunately, the plans that might help them the most are the easiest to overlook. But regardless of age or experience, many consumers don’t realize that HDHPs can lead to monthly savings, that HSAs are portable and that FSAs can have rollover options that avoid the use-it-or-lose-it penalty associated with the accounts. In fact, many don’t know what these acronyms stand for at all.

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Tags: FSA, HSA, HDHP, employees, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment, acronyms

Maximize Employee Engagement for Open Enrollment

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 06:59 AM

As temperatures drop and the fall season comes to an end, stress spikes in HR departments all over the country—that’s because it’s open enrollment season. Open enrollment is a window during which individuals and employees may add or drop their health insurance, or make changes to their coverage. The 2020 open enrollment period runs through Saturday, December 15, 2019, and if your employees don’t act by then, they can’t get 2020 coverage unless they qualify for a special enrollment period. Keep in mind that for employer-sponsored coverage, the open enrollment period is set by the employer, so be sure to clearly communicate these dates to your employees.  To make a better impact on your employees this year and drive engagement to new levels, here are a few suggestions on how to innovate your strategy.

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Tags: FSA, HSA, benefits, employers, Employee Engagement, Open Enrollment

Health Savings Account Myths Debunked

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 09:55 PM

When it comes to paying for healthcare costs—both now and in the future—health savings accounts (HSAs) are among the most powerful tools available to consumers.

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Tags: HSA, Health Savings Accounts, HSAday, facts, myths

HSAs linked to Care Access in Cancer Survivors.

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Sunday, October 06, 2019 @ 03:44 PM

 

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Tags: HSA, HSA Store, HSAday, Breast Cancer,

5 Reasons Why HSAs are an Employer's Dream Offering

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Sunday, September 29, 2019 @ 11:23 PM

In preparation for HSA Day, we're counting the reasons HSAs are beneficial to both employers and employees.

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Tags: HSA, retirement, benefits, employers, Employee Engagement, ira, Millennials

10 Tips For Easy Open Enrollment

Posted by Sierra Betterley on Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 09:34 AM

We all know that enrollment can be complicated. But with the following tips, open enrollment communications with your employees can be simple and effective.

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Tags: employers, Open Enrollment

What 5 Top Financial Advisors Say About HSAs

Posted by Sean Kadel on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

It’s no secret that health savings accounts (HSAs) are widely and often woefully misunderstood. This communication breakdown has manifested itself in misconceptions even among financial advisors—a cohort that many Americans entrust with helping them make critical decisions about their financial futures.

A HSA is a better retirement savings vehicle than a 401(k), but not all advisors are aware of this, nor that contributions to HSAs aren’t subject to federal income taxes; earnings from interest and investments are tax-free; and distributions from a HSA to pay for qualified medical expenses are tax-free.

“A real opportunity exists for financial advisors to play a major role in educating business owners about the benefits of health savings accounts for both their business and their employees,” said Kristi Rodriguez, leader of the Nationwide Retirement Institute.

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