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IRS Announces 2017 Health FSA and Commuter Plan Limits

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Category: Commuter, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Transit and Parking Section 132,

On October 26, 2016, the IRS announced the 2017 annual inflation adjustments, which included increased limits for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) under an IRC §125 cafeteria plan. The Parking and Transit limits for 2017 remain the same.

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American Benefits Group is Featured in the current edition of BusinessWest

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Category: CDHC, COBRA, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Reimbursement, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, Section 125 Plans, Transit and Parking Section 132,

When Bob Cummings started out in benefits administration, health-insurance co-pays were $3, premiums were well under $100 a month, his office ran on MS-DOS, and it issued paper statements. Much has changed since then, obviously, but not his company’s success formula, based on personalization, creativity, knowledge of a complex and ever-changing subject, and what American Benefits Group prefers to call ‘enabling technology.’
 
George O'Brien on October 5, 2015 in BusinessWest


See the entire American Benefits Group story in the October 5th Issue of BusinessWest and BusinessWest.com 
http://businesswest.com/blog/abg-thrives-in-complex-world-of-benefits-administration/ 

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Excepted Benefits Regulations Finalized

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Category: Flexible Spending, FSA,

On Oct. 1, 2014, the IRS, EBSA and HHS released final regulations related to excepted benefits. As background, plans or programs that qualify as excepted benefits are generally exempt from PPACA’s mandates such as preventive care services and the prohibition on annual dollar limits. 

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An Important Announcement Regarding FSA Policy

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Category: Flexible Spending, FSA, IRS,

Moments ago, the Department of Treasury issued a press release and informational fact sheet announcing a major policy change relating to flexible spending accounts (FSAs) that has many positive implications for all FSA constituents – including administrators, employers and participants.  The Department of Treasury has modified its FSA “use-it-or-lose-it” provision to allow a limited rollover of FSA funds.

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Affordable Care Act Changes for Flexible Spending Accounts

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Category: Flexible Spending, FSA, IRS, Section 125 Plans,

On Friday, September 13, 2013 Treasury published Notice 2013-54 (Notice) which preserves all Health Flexible Spending Accounts (health FSAs) that are considered excepted benefits but eliminates an employer’s ability to use a stand-alone health FSA or other tax-favored arrangements, including Premium Reimbursement Arrangements or Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), to help employees pay for individual health policies on a tax-free basis. In addition, the Notice addresses a number of specific topics related to FSAs and HRAs. As such, this Alert is the second of two.

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Consumer Engagement Is The New Healthcare Reality


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, PPACA, Section 125 Plans,

Every so often it seems another round of surveys is released demonstrating the strong, continual growth of the consumer-directed health care (CDHC) market and the accompanying behavioral shift in how Americans approach buying health care. This month has

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Important Information Regarding the PPACA Summary of Benefits and Coverage Requirement


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, DOL, ERISA, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, HRA, HSA, IRS, PPACA,

Group health plans, which include HRAs, MERPs, and non-excepted FSAs, must provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for all eligible plans to all eligible individuals, participants and beneficiaries.

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IRS Releases Guidance Concerning the 2013 FSA Contribution Limit


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, IRS, PPACA, Section 125 Plans, Taxes,

The IRS has released Notice 2012-40 which provides guidance on the effective date of the $2,500 contribution limit to health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) under IRS Code Section 125(i) and on the deadline for amending plans to comply with the limit. The notice also provides relief for contributions that mistakenly exceed the $2,500 limit provided they are corrected in a timely manner.

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Summary of Benefit Coverage Requirements for Health FSAs and HRAs


Category: Compliance and Regulatory, DOL, ERISA, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Reimbursement, HHS, HIPAA, HRA, IRS, PPACA, Section 125 Plans,

Does an employer have to provide a copy of the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) to enrollees of Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSA”) or Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“HRA”)?

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Are You Really Saving Money By Self Administering Your HRA?


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, HIPAA, HRA, Medicare, Taxes,

Posted by RENEE KUHS, Compliance Attorney

Do you think you’re saving money by administering your health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)?  In our experience, many employers that self-administer an HRA often overlook important compliance obligations that put them at financial risk.  Failure to comply with the following requirements is common and can be costly.

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IRS Issues 2011 Version of Publication 969 on HSAs, HRAs, Health FSAs and MSAs


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, IIAS, IRS, Section 125 Plans, Taxes,

Publication 969 has been updated for use in preparing 2011 tax returns. This publication provides basic information about HSAs, HRAs, health FSAs, Archer MSAs and Medicare Advantage MSAs, including brief descriptions of benefits, eligibility requirements, contribution limits and distribution issues.

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New Guidance on Group Health Insurance Coverage Informational Reporting


Category: Cafeteria Plans, CDHC, COBRA, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, IIAS, IRS, PPACA, Section 125 Plans, State Legislation, Taxes,

The IRS has issued new guidance to clarify how employers and benefit plan administrators will need to meet Form W2 health benefit cost reporting requirements, including the treatment of FSAs, HRAs, EAPs and wellness programs, and supplemental coverage.

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HSA Contributions and Assets Continue Rapid Growth Curve


Category: CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, IRS, Taxes,

More Americans are using HSAs to save and pay for medical expenses, according to a new report from the J.P. Morgan Treasury Services. The report shows the average HSA balance is up 7 percent from 2009, at $1,494, and the average account contribution rose slightly in 2010 to $1,884, compared to $1,816 in 2009.

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Proposed Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011 would benefits FSAs and HSAs


Category: CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Savings, HSA, IRS,

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced Thursday a bill that would modify and streamline rules for health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.

Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.).

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Restoration of OTC expenses for FSA, HRA and HSA gains momentum


Category: CDHC, Compliance and Regulatory, Flexible Spending, FSA, Health Care Reform, Health Reimbursement, Health Savings, HRA, HSA, IIAS, PPACA,

This morning a long front-page article in the Wall Street Journal attacks the adverse impact of PPACA restrictions on OTC purchases by FSAs, coming just as several bills are introduced in House and Senate to fix CDH accounts.

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