Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are continuing to grow in popularity as insurance costs increase and employers are moving to high-deductible health plans. Let's take a closer look at what HSA's are, their benefits and compliance requirements.
This year health coverage continues to be a primary focus for employee benefits and employers are continually looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to compete in their benefits. A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is timely and can offer flexibility for employers.
There have been several changes for employers already in 2017. We've rounded up 5 important updates or changes impacting employers today.
With costs on the rise, small employers often struggle to provide a competitive benefit package to their employees. A provision included in the recently-enacted 21st Century Cures Act overturns ACA-imposed restrictions on small employers and allows qualified small employers to offer health reimbursement funds to their employees. These funds can be used to cover the costs of individual health insurance premiums and to reimburse the out-of-pocket costs for the covered employee and their dependents' health care expenses.
2016 is quickly coming to an end! Have your clients completed their non-discrimination testing for this plan year? The IRS requires testing be done at the end of each plan year to ensure the Plan is compliant and can retain its tax-favored status. All employers are required to perform Non-Discrimination Tests. In order to qualify for tax-favored status, a benefit plan must not discriminate in favor of Highly Compensated Employees (HCEs) with respect to eligibility, contributions or benefits.
What is ERISA and why is it so confusing? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and is a federal law which sets minimum standards for employee benefit plans. These regulations apply to virtually all Plan Administrators and Employers* who offer sponsor benefits, regardless of their size or number of participants.