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Commuter Benefits Accounts – Tax Relief, Reimbursements, Qualified Expenses, and More!

Commuting to and from work can be quite costly. While most people don’t give a lot of thought to the costs of commuting as they do to health or child care, it can add up. Between daily tickets for

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FSA vs HRA vs HSA: A Comparison with Chart

Healthcare benefits accounts can be confusing. On first glance, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) look very similar. However,

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Generation Z: Why an HDHP with HSA makes sense

Generation Z – you’re young, you’re healthy, and you’re starting to make your presence felt in the workplace. But during benefits enrollment, you may feel overwhelmed. Don’t worry, because you

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HRA Overview

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) – An Overview If your company offers a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), then you need to know what that means for you. An HRA is an employer-sponsored

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Preparing for Enrollment Season – 5 Tips for Employees

For millions of people across the U.S., enrollment season is right around the corner. Each Fall, companies set aside a period of two to three weeks to allow employees to pick and choose which benefits

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Building Your HSA: Growth and Investing Tips

Attention, Health Savings Account (HSA) owners! Growing your HSA may seem challenging, but it’s possible. Check out these tips for building your HSA from the ground up. What is an HSA? For people

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Back-to-School Shopping with Your FSA or HSA

August is here, which means the school year has just begun (or is about to begin) for students across the country. If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), you can

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ICHRA and EBHRA: New Employee Healthcare Benefit Accounts

In June, the IRS announced two new employee healthcare benefit accounts: the Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA) and the Excepted Benefit HRA (EBHRA). This is pretty big news for businesses and employees!

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Keep the Summer Fun Going with your FSA!

Summer is in full swing across the country! The sun is out, the weather is warm, and everybody is getting outdoors. Whether you’re looking to have fun at the beach, hang out by the pool, go camping,

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Recognizing Symptoms and Getting Treatment for PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is a common condition suffered by millions of people. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of all adults in the United States; it is also estimated

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HSA FAQ: What Happens to My HSA When I Die?

As enrollment in high deductible health plans grows, so does the number of people with a Health Savings Account (HSA). HSAs are great for saving money on taxes and healthcare expenses. Plus, the HSA is

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More Online Retailers Accept Healthcare Benefits Cards

Earlier this year, Amazon.com announced it will now accept pre-tax healthcare benefits cards as a form of payment. The giant online retailer joins other companies, like FSAStore.com, HSAStore.com, and

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Your Mental Health Matters – Fighting Stigmas and Getting Treatment

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making it a great time to talk about this sensitive subject (October 10 is World Mental Health Day). There is a lot of stigma around mental health, but according

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Maximize Your FSA with Your FSA Debit Card

It’s no secret – using a debit (or credit) card is super convenient. You can use them just about anywhere and for just about anything. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, clothing shops, doctors’

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What is a Summary Plan Description?

If you receive healthcare benefits from your employer, you should have access to a Summary Plan Description (SPD). In a nutshell, the SPD provides important details about your company’s benefits

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Tax Deadline Tip: HSA Contributions for the Previous Year

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), here’s some interesting news: you can make HSA contributions for the previous year before the tax deadline! Does that sound too good to be true? As outlined

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Get Your Zzzz’s: Sleep, Wellness and Your Benefits Accounts

Is this the stuff of nightmares? 25 percent of adults in the U.S. report poor sleep health. While it may not seem scary on the surface, a lack of good sleep can be detrimental to your overall health and

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Heart health: Heart disease risk factors and ways you can get healthier

February is American Heart Month, which is pretty convenient with Valentine’s Day falling right in the middle. With that in mind, I have researched some facts about heart disease, risk factors, and

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Changing Health Insurance Coverage and Your HSA

Health Savings Accounts offer a slew of excellent benefits for account owners. In addition to the triple tax savings of tax-free contributions, tax-free withdrawals for eligible expenses, and tax-free

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FSA Deadlines You Need to Know

If you used a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) last year, there are some FSA deadlines you need to know about. While the end of the plan year has passed for most people, you may still have the option to

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7 Ways to Spend Use-It-or-Lose-It FSA Dollars

There are just a couple of weeks left before the year ends! If you still have money in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA), now is a good time to put the remaining balance to work for you so you don’t

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HSA and FSA Contribution Limits for 2019

Attention – there is good news for employer-sponsored benefit accounts in 2019! The IRS has raised the annual contribution limits for Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Commuter

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COBRA Overview

COBRA Insurance - An Overview COBRA coverage allows employees to keep their healthcare coverage under their employer’s group plan after they have a qualifying event that would result in

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Tax-Free Talk, Enrollment Season Podcast, Ep. 3

Tax-Free Talk is a special benefits enrollment season podcast featuring host, Kathy Claimant. In this third installment of Tax-Free Talk, an enrollment season podcast, benefits superhero Captain Contributor

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Tax-Free Talk, Enrollment Season Podcast, Ep. 2

Tax-Free Talk is a special benefits enrollment season podcast featuring host, Kathy Claimant. In this second edition of the Tax-Free Talk enrollment season podcast, Kathy Claimant follows benefits superhero

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