PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 18th, 2018

Health care expenses in retirement are a major concern for Americans, and lately the retirement plan industry is suggesting health savings accounts (HSAs) as a potential solution, but not every employer offers a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) and when they do, not all participants choose it or use an HSA for future health care savings. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently announced increased amounts participants can contribute to HSAs in 2019. A report contends that education is key to participant engagement in HDHPs and HSAs, and an HSA plan sponsor shares her recipe for success. However, a CommonBond panel discussion reveals that a bigger worry for younger employees is student loan debt, and panelists suggest employers offer student loan repayment benefits and offer steps to do so. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

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Education Key to HDHP and HSA Engagement
The most challenging part respondents to a WEX Health survey cited in using their HSA was making sure to have enough funds set aside to cover deductibles (29%) and figuring out how much money to put in the account overall (21%). Read more >
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HSA Plan Sponsor Recipe for Success
Sara Caddy, benefits manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors, which won an Eddy Award for HSA usage, overall participation and communication strategy, shared its recipe for success. Read more >
Data and Research
Individuals Expect More From Social Security Than What Reality Shows
Future retirees expect a greater monthly payment from Social Security than what current retirees say they collect, according to a survey from Nationwide. Read more >
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Will Student Debt Repayment Support Become Table Stakes?
Student debt hurts the financial well-being of an overwhelming portion of respondents to a new survey—with the scourge of student debt cutting across generations and economic status. Read more >
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Simple Steps to Provide Successful Student Loan Repayment Benefits
Student debt management is a complex and delicate issue that has a significant impact on employees’ broad financial wellness—but providing support can be straightforward from the plan sponsor perspective. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The Senate Math That Could Block SECURE Act
Senate floor time is at a premium ahead of the 2020 presidential election—so much so that even legislation that passed the House with a near-unanimous bipartisan vote is not guaranteed to become law.
House Committee Advances Bill to Establish Union Pension Lifeline Program

The legislation aims to establish a 30-year loan program and new financial assistance for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans.

Open MEPs Not for Every Plan Sponsor
If legislation passes to allow for open multiple employer plans (MEPs) for plan sponsors without a common nexus, experts believe they will offer benefits to plan sponsors, but there would be some considerations to explore before joining one.
Driving Financial Wellness at Work
Wes Collins, senior manager of participant advice services at CAPTRUST, discusses financial wellness areas of focus, broken out by career stage.
Adidas Sued Over Excessive Fees for 401(k) Participants

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that passive funds would have resulted in better returns net of fees that the actively managed funds offered in the plan.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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