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Virtual Day Camp: Is this a DCAP Eligible Expense?

Back during enrollment season, many parents signed up to participate in a Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) through their employer. The intention behind a DCAP is that it allows people to put aside

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Man-care: Health and Eligible Expenses for Men

June is National Men’s Health Month. Gentlemen, if you have a healthcare benefits account, like a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), you have a great tool at your fingertips

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Eligibility for COBRA Benefits – Furlough vs Layoff

A common concern for many people during a layoff or furlough is their eligibility for COBRA benefits. It can be a scary prospect to go from having group health coverage to having to shop for new insurance.

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2021 HSA Contribution Limits, Out-of-Pocket Max and HDHP Min. Deductibles

On Tuesday, May 20, the IRS published the 2021 rates for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs). Next year, starting on January 1, HSA owners will see an increase in annual

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COVID-19 and Benefits FAQs: FSAs, HSAs, COBRA & More

The current healthcare and employment crisis caused by COVID-19 has a lot of people wondering about their benefits. From using their healthcare benefit accounts, to childcare, to COBRA, it can all seem

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Benefit Election Change – Can I Update My FSA or DCAP?

By participating in your employer’s benefit plan, you probably have a lot of questions. How can I spend my benefit money? How much do I need to contribute to my account? Can I make a benefit election

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Qualified Healthcare Expenses for FSAs and HSAs

When you participate in a healthcare benefits account, such as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), you set aside money to help cover out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. With

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HRA Plan Types: An Infographic by Captain Contributor and Betty the Benefactress

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are a key part of consumer directed healthcare and employer-sponsored benefits. In recent years, HRAs have had renewed interest from both employers and workers

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Tax Deadline Tip: HSA Contributions for the Previous Year

The IRS announced that the 2020 tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020. If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), here’s some interesting news: you can make HSA contributions for

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Love Your FSA/HSA: 6 Reasons to Embrace Your Benefits

“All you need is love …” We’ve all heard that before, but is it really true? Fact is, being in a loving relationship provides all sorts of health benefits. Fewer doctor’s visits, less depression

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Tips for Reducing Medical Costs for Healthcare Consumers

The cost of healthcare is no laughing matter. In 2019, workers paid an average of $6,015 towards their health coverage, and the average annual out-of-pocket cost in the United States was $1,150 per person!

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LPFSA Tips: A Benefits Account Made to Help You Smile

When you have a Health Savings Account, you can also sign up for a Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account (LPFSA). Having both accounts is a great way to save even more on taxes and cover those necessary

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Christmas and Your FSA: Creative Ways to Stuff Stockings

With just a few days before the end of the year, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) owners may need to spend down their balances. Due to use it or lose it (and even if you have the $500 carryover), losing

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HSA Contributions: Five Things You May Not Know

Every year, Health Savings Account (HSA) owners have to figure out how they’ll fund their accounts. If the HSA is through their employer, they can make pre-tax contributions each pay period. But did

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FSA FAQs: ‘When Can I Sign Up for an FSA?’ and Other Questions

With the average American household spending $5,000 per person in healthcare expenses each year, it’s no surprise that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are so popular. In 2016, nearly half of

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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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