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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Benefits
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 >
Benefits
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 >
Benefits
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 >
Benefits
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
IRS Announces 2019 HSA Contribution Limits

For an individual with family coverage, the 2019 health savings account (HSA) contribution limit is $7,000, up from the recently reset $6,900 limit for 2018.

4% Rule Not a Reliable Retirement Income Withdrawal Strategy for All People
A retiree’s investment portfolio is a large factor in determining an optimal, safe withdrawal rate in retirement, but longevity, expected spending and whether guaranteed retirement income is available plays a part as well.
Lawsuit Argues MetLife Pension Calculations Use Outdated Mortality Table

A newly filed complaint takes issue with the way MetLife calculates the actuarial equivalence of different types of annuity benefit options available in the firm’s pension plan.

401(k) Plan Sponsors Enhancing Plan Design

The availability of Roth contributions has doubled in the last decade, and more plan sponsors are using a default deferral rate with automatic enrollment that is higher than 3%, a Plan Sponsor Council of America survey found.

Financially Well Employees Buoy the Bottom Line

According to John Hancock data, helping employees reduce their financial worries is well worth employer’s time and attention.

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

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

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