The Summary Plan Description – An Explanation

Summary Plan Description

If you sign up for healthcare benefits through your employer, you have access to your company’s Summary Plan Description (SPD). In short, the SPD provides important details about your benefits plan and how the plan works. An SPD is required by law and must define when employees become eligible to participate in the plan, how … Read more…

Seven Facts Employees Should Know About FSAs and HSAs During Enrollment Season

Benefits enrollment season is a time for making important decisions regarding healthcare expenses for you and your family. In addition to health insurance options, many companies sponsor tax-advantaged healthcare accounts, like Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). FSAs and HSAs are popular because you can save money on taxes while setting aside … Read more…

How Does Medicare Enrollment Affect My HSA Eligibility?

Medicare and HSA eligibility

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) offer healthcare consumers who are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) a tax-advantaged tool for setting aside money to pay for qualified medical expenses. In addition to the tax benefits, what makes an HSA especially valuable is the ability to grow the account funds through investing. Then, upon reaching age … Read more…

HSA Benefits: Portability, Deferred Reimbursement, Catch Up Contributions, and More!

Health Savings Account (HSA) owners – there may be some advantages to your tax-advantaged healthcare benefit account you aren’t aware of. Most people are familiar with the triple tax savings: tax-free contributions, tax-free earnings, and tax-free withdrawals for qualified healthcare expenses. However, while HSAs are designed primarily to help reduce healthcare costs, some benefits of … Read more…

What is an LPFSA?

What is an LPFSA?

You’re familiar with healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), with which you can set aside money from your paycheck pre-tax (before payroll taxes are calculated) to use in paying eligible medical expenses. You may not be as familiar, though, with the Limited-Purpose FSA (LPFSA). What is an LPFSA? An LPFSA is an option made available by … Read more…

Healthcare Consumerism: What is it and How Does it Affect Healthcare?

Healthcare consumerism, a movement designed to refine the efficiency and affordability of healthcare services, is working to change how people prioritize their personal healthcare. Imagine a system where savvy patients use their knowledge to take a more active role in purchasing and utilizing healthcare services. Healthcare consumerism is getting closer to making this a reality. … Read more…