PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 12th, 2019
This week we’re highlighting health savings accounts (HSAs) and health benefits. Read about why plan sponsors should understand medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and HSAs, and how they can educate their participants on the two. Next, find out what the three highest health care cost-management challenges are, according to Gallagher’s latest Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis, and how employers can control these costs. Plus, a Fidelity survey explores how retirees can save for rising health care expenses; HSA Bank recommends features to increase engagement with health care planning; and we survey industry workers on the feasibility of HSAs. All this and more, on this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend. There will be no weekend newsletter next Friday. 
Editor's choice
Communicating the Difference Between FSAs and HSAs to Participants
Employers need to understand the basics of each in order to communicate to participants accurately, and they can use the differences to help employees view HSAs as long-term savings accounts, Sara Caddy, with Dimensional Fund Advisers told webinar attendees.Read more >
Health Benefit Employee Cost-Sharing Can Bring Unexpected Consequences
An analysis from Gallagher identifies ways “best-in-class” employers are controlling health care costs.Read more >
Data and Research
Estimates for Health Care Costs in Retirement Continue to Rise
A 65-year old couple retiring in 2019 can expect to spend $285,000 in health care and medical expenses throughout retirement, Fidelity estimates, but it says it is possible to save for retirement health costs via health savings accounts.Read more >
Education Can Help Employees Engage in Managing Health Care Costs
HSA Bank recommends employers offer a guide about health plans, their costs and what they cover; a health plan comparison tool; and a tax-advantaged savings account to help employees become better health care consumers.Read more >
Industry Voices
SURVEY SAYS: Feasibility of HSAs for Retirement Savings
Health savings accounts (HSAs) are now being touted as a way for saving for health care expenses in retirement, but is this feasible? A recent report found employees spend 90% of their HSA assets on current medical expenses, leaving little to save/invest for the long term.Read more >
SECURE Act 2.0 Passed Unanimously by Ways and Means Committee

A rare unanimous affirmative voice vote by the Ways and Means Committee allows the SECURE Act 2.0 to be considered by the full House of Representatives.

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Forces Come Together to Make PRTs More Attractive

Increased funded status for DB plans and rising interest rates make now a good time for plan sponsors to consider implementing pension risk transfer transactions.

Building Inclusivity Into Employee Benefits

While it’s a crucial step, experts say promoting an inclusive workplace entails more than offering benefits to different employee demographics. 

TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What do the M’s stand for in M&Ms?

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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