PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 11th, 2019

The offering of health savings accounts (HSAs) has grown exponentially since their introduction in 2004. In recent years, they have been presented as a powerful tool for helping employees save for health care expenses in retirement, but they may also help with employees’ current financial wellness. A big problem is that many employees—and even employers—don’t fully understand how HSAs work. More education is needed for employees to get the best use of HSAs for their needs. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend! And, please note that on Monday, PLANSPONSOR.com readers will find a new website experience. We hope you will find it even more engaging and intuitive!

Editor's choice
Benefits
Health Care a Top Concern to Address in Financial Wellness Programs
Surya Kolluri, with Bank of America, says financial wellness should be thought of in the broadest way, with an eye toward how employees live their lives; this includes health care and caregiving efforts. Read more >
Benefits
Investing HSA Savings Is Key to Building Accounts
It is also important to fund accounts right away. Read more >
Benefits
Entry-Level Employees to Top Executives Need HSA Education
Employee education about HSAs remains the dominant concern of plan sponsors, and plan sponsors struggle to tell employees how to allocate their savings dollars, according to a survey from PSCA. Read more >
Research
Health Savings Account Buyer’s Guide
Employers have many choices when selecting an HSA partner. Providers compete in a number of different areas, including local/national participant service offerings; interest rates on cash balances; investment option types and availability; and bundling strategies. Read more >
Products
WEX Health to Host HSA Education Event
The live-streamed panel discussion will take an in-depth look at the uses, benefits and tax advantages of health savings accounts (HSAs), as well as their use as a long-term retirement plan and safety net. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
AT&T Sued Over Calculation of Early Retirement Benefits

The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.

Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019

Based on the conversations industry advocates are having in Washington, none of the leadership in the Senate or the House opposes passage of the SECURE Act.

Social Security Administration Announced COLA for 2020

Employees not only need basic education, but they need to know how to include Social Security in their retirement income strategy.

New Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Cybersecurity for Retirement Plans

A former 401(k) plan participant is suing the plan sponsor and plan providers after unauthorized distributions were made from her account.

IRS Releases 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan

The IRS invites public comments and suggestions about guidance.

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

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