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Mind the Gap When You Can’t Fund a Health Savings Account

February 4th, 2021

“That’s right – she can use future contributions to reimburse prior eligible expenses that she incurred as far back as when she established her Health Savings Account.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance February 4, 2021 Not everyone who opens a Health Savings Account is continuously eligible to fund the account until […]

Don’t Let New FSA Flexibility Prevent Your HSA Funding

January 21st, 2021

“But this new flexibility can’t erase every potential disqualifying event. If you had a 2020 plan-year Health FSA with a newly extended grace period through the end of 2021, you can’t disenroll from the grace period. The 2020 plan year is over.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance January 21, 2021 A […]

The Year in Review – and What a Busy Year It Has Been!

December 17th, 2020

“But retaining the right to continuation of coverage and paying premiums are two different things. If that person ends up in the hospital in February, she’ll have to pay her premiums retroactively to last March to receive coverage.” William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance December 17, 2020 Mark Twain said it best: […]

The Pandemic’s Effect on Nondiscrimination Testing

December 3rd, 2020

“Pandemic layoffs have disproportionately affected lower-income wage earners. . . Those higher-income employees’ elections now constitute a much larger percentage of the total program, which could flip the plan from compliance to noncompliance.”  William G. (Bill) Stuart Director of Strategy and Compliance December 3, 2020 2020 is the year that has turned many people’s lives […]

Will the New President and Congress Find Common Ground on Healthcare?

November 19th, 2020

“Section 1332 of the ACA gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services broad power to approve state requests to innovate in offering coverage to their populations if the innovations expand coverage and don’t increase costs. The Trump Administration has approved a number of these requests. The Biden Administration is more likely to restrict innovation […]

Accessorizing Your Health Savings Account Program

October 29th, 2020

“A growing number of Health Savings Account owners are building balances to fund qualified expenses in retirement, including Medicare cost-sharing, Medicare premiums, and services (like dental and vision) not covered by Medicare. If they fund a Limited-Purpose Health FSA, they can enjoy the same tax benefits as a withdrawal from a Health Savings Account as […]

Health Savings Accounts Continue to Benefit Owners

October 15th, 2020

“[D]on’t be fooled by the fact that nearly half of all accounts had a balance of less than $500. This is a typical criticism of Health Savings Accounts – that only the wealthy have enough additional income after they’ve paid their bills to fund their accounts. This observation ignores the obvious: This balance figure is […]

ICHRAs Aren’t a Panacea, But They May Help Manage Costs

October 1st, 2020

“With an ICHRA, the company sheds its liability for those high claims. The claims don’t go away. They’re simply shifted from the employer to the nongroup claims pool. Imagine dumping a quart of bleach into a gallon of water and then watering your houseplants. They won’t survive. Dump that same quart of bleach in your […]

A Reform Proposal Built around Health Savings Accounts

September 17th, 2020

“Many economists believe that the [employer] exclusion is a major driver of high premiums, since the federal government taxes a $1 increase in pay but not a $1 increase in medical coverage. That differential tax treatment encourages employees and union members to receive a portion of additional compensation in the form of more benefits (expanded […]

Health Savings Accounts’ Value Heightened during Pandemic

September 3rd, 2020

“If you don’t have a sufficient account balance to reimburse all expenses, find some funds, contribute them to your Health Savings Account (if you’re still eligible and haven’t met your contribution limit), and immediately withdraw the money. Voila – you’ve just reduced your taxable income by the amount of that contribution. You won’t receive the […]

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