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week ending January 24th, 2020
Now that benefits open enrollment is over for most plan sponsors, it is a good time to educate those employees who have selected a high-deductible health plan about the health savings account (HSA) that may coincide with it. Something employees may be struggling with is the competing financial priorities they have and how to allocate their savings dollars. We have sources that offer tips for that. One very important piece to building HSA savings is investing the money put into the account. Plan sponsors should consider how employees use their HSAs when crafting the investment lineup. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend provides information to use in HSA decisions.
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Benefits
Following Up on HSAs After Open Enrollment
Educating employees about health savings accounts can help them maximize their benefit.
Benefits
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.
Cover
The Savings Hierarchy
Participants must take stock of their options, to maximize savings.
Benefits
Employers May Have to Ask for HSAs That Allow Investing
Benefit consultants, benefit brokers and financial advisers are generally not counseling HSA participants to invest their funds, a survey found.
Investment Focus
HSA Investment Options
A valuable way to grow savings for health care expenses.
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Compliance
CARES Act Passes Congress, Including Retirement Plan Relief
Plan sponsors who have faced regional natural disasters will be familiar with many of the relief provisions adopted by Congress, from the suspension of required minimum distributions to the doubling of loan limits.
Compliance
Retirement Plan Provisions Included in Senate’s Stimulus Package
Among other things, the bill would allow for targeted, penalty-free access to tax-qualified accounts for those hit hardest by the health crisis.
Administration
Plan Sponsors Facing Difficult Decisions During Coronavirus Pandemic
Stopping employer matching contributions, laying off employees, adjusting DB plan contributions; plan sponsors need to understand the effects of each decision.
Ask the Experts
Coronavirus-Related Distributions From 403(b) and Governmental 457(b) Plans
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning retirement plan administration and regulations.
Compliance
SECURE Act Eases Paths for DB Plans
A new minimum age for in-service withdrawals and permanent nondiscrimination testing relief ease plan sponsors’ ability to keep older employees and protect their benefits.
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