What do benefits from health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) have to do with celebrating Thanksgiving? We look at an example of some of our favorite holiday traditions to see why you might give thanks for the tax-free benefits these accounts offer when you need them!
With the many changes that happened in 2020, employers’ need for broker assistance with selecting and administering benefit plans has increased–as has the need for technology. We talked with our experts to learn what brokers can do to prepare for 2021 with this broker tech check! Take a look to get ready for next year and check out our latest podcast for more on the topic.
As more employers offer high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), more people are opening health savings accounts (HSAs) to offset out-of-pocket spending. Whether you spend or save HSA dollars, you will still reap the rewards of these tax-advantaged accounts. It's a matter of saving now or saving later! Read about the types of HSA owners to see what category you fall into—spender, saver, or rainy day-er!
A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a way for employers to reimburse their employees for health expenses. Businesses use HRAs instead of group health insurance or in addition to it, depending on their situation. But with all the acronyms, benefits options, and health care choices available today, what does it all really mean? In this article, learn how HRAs began, how they work, which people they benefit, and what types of HRAs are available. Plus, you can check out the HRA guide we created to help you figure our which HRA is right for you!
On top of managing COBRA administration, employers must figure out how to collect insurance premiums and service fees that were previously collected through payroll deductions. This is where direct billing through a trusted partner can bring relief to employers, brokers, and COBRA recipients alike. With direct billing services, employers are liberated from billing past employees for premiums while employees experience seamless coverage.We spoke with ConnectYourCare’s Director of COBRA Operations, Juli Kline, about how direct billing services make continuation of coverage easier for everyone involved.
On October 26, 2020, the IRS made the official announcement on 2021 contribution limits for health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), commuter benefits, and adoption assistance. FSA and commuter benefit contribution limits remain unchanged from 2020, while adoption assistance is increasing.
It’s that time of year again: You are focused on open enrollment and building the best possible benefit programs. You may even be putting certain compliance solutions in place to help protect your benefits and comply with federal laws. But when was the last time you updated your Section 125 Premium Only Plan document (POP document)?
There is no such thing as too early or too late to start saving for retirement. As the cost of health care continues to rise year after year, health savings accounts (HSAs) are gaining steam as a necessary means to cover medical needs now and long-term care costs in retirement. If you are wondering what an HSA really does and how much should you contribute, our HSA Growth Estimator calculator* may help!
Offering a benefits app is an easy and effective way for employers and brokers to educate people about the value of the benefits package they provide using smart, consumer-driven technology. Learn about the advantages of benefits apps and CYC’s custom solution myCYC mobile app in our new post!
How can you encourage employees to open HSA accounts? Using data-backed research, we compiled our top 5 tips to increase HSA enrollment to help save money for you and your employees! Find out how in our latest post.