Category Archives for HRA

How to Become a Better Healthcare Consumer

What is the difference between a patient and a healthcare consumer? Many consider the terms synonymous, but there are some distinct differences. Primarily, a patient receives care, but a healthcare consumer

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Captain Contributor Explains ICHRAs

Captain Contributor Explains ICHRAs An Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Account, or ICHRA, is a special type of HRA that employers can use to help employees obtain health insurance

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Back to School and Your Benefits Accounts

Every parent knows how expensive the back-to-school period can be. In addition to clothing and school supplies, there are eye exams, updated eyeglass and contacts prescriptions, sports physicals, dental

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Benefits Debit Card

Does your company sponsor Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Transit/Commuter benefit accounts? If they do, they may offer you

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FSA, HRA and HSA Benefits Funds on Debit Cards

In a 2019 survey, GOBankingRates found that more than 37% of Americans preferred using cash to credit and debit cards. Since then, the pandemic has shifted many of those opinions as people became concerned

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HRA Basics: Contributions, Eligible Expenses and More

Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are employer-owned benefit accounts that allow employees to use tax-free money to pay for qualified medical expenses. This HRA overview will highlight information

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Holiday Tips to Help You Spend Your FSA and HSA Dollars

If enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may be looking for ways to spend down your balance before the plan year ends. I’ve got some ideas to help you use up those remaining FSA dollars.

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Tips to Help Employees to Have a Great Enrollment Experience

Each Fall, typically between mid-October and mid-December, companies set aside a period of two to three weeks to allow employees to pick and choose which benefits they want for the upcoming year.

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Eye Care During a Pandemic

Eye care during a pandemic may not seem like a top priority. Taking care of our eyes is always important, both for how we see the world and how the world sees us. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused

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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.

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COVID-19 PPE Eligible For FSA, HRA, HSA

In March 2021, the IRS released Announcement 2021-7, which qualifies PPE bought for the primary purpose of fighting COVID-19 as eligible medical expenses under section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue

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How Does an HRA Work?

Many employers offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) as part of their benefits package. While most people understand how a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)

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VIDEO: Captain Contributor Explains Benefits Mobile Apps

Captain Contributor Explains Benefits Mobile Apps Smartphones are probably an everyday part of your life, but did you know you can use them for easy access to your benefits accounts? Whether

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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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Tips for Reducing Medical Costs for Healthcare Consumers

The cost of healthcare may be a sizable portion of person’s or families’ annual expenses. In 2020, workers paid an average of $5,588 toward the cost of their coverage. Therefore, it is

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VIDEO: Captain Contributor Explains Benefits Debit Cards

Captain Contributor Explains Benefits Debit Cards No matter where you go – doctors’ offices, grocery stores, retail shops, and more – you can use a debit or credit card to pay 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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HRA Overview

Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Overview An HRA is an employer-sponsored benefit account funded ONLY by the employer. These accounts help employees pay for qualified healthcare expenses.

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VIDEO: Betty the Benefactress Explains HRAs

"HRAs may seem complicated, but they’re actually easier to understand than you think. Check out this HRA video with me and Captain Contributor. You’ll get great information about

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Benefits Villain Rap Sheets

NEFARIOUS ACTIONS 1) Says if you're fired from your job, you aren't eligible for COBRA benefits.  FALSE!  Eligibility is not affected by the reason you left your job

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ICHRA and EBHRA: New Employee Healthcare Benefit Accounts

In June 2019, 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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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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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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Get Your Zzzz’s: Sleep, Wellness & Benefit 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

Every 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,

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