Update on San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance
March 5, 2014 - On September 13, 2013 IRS Notice 2013-54 provided additional guidance on the application of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which impacted Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) used to comply with the HCSO. This is a follow-up to our Compliance Alert concerning HCSO interim guidance.
New Rules for Excepted Benefits
Feb. 26, 2014 - On December 13, 2013 the Tri-agencies (Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed regulations
that provided clarification and requested comments to ensure that
certain FSAs and HRAs could include specific benefits and
still be considered excepted benefits.
New, Online Open Enrollment
December 2, 2013 - Members can now quickly and
easily enroll online in FSA, DCA, Transit (TRN) or Parking (PKG) plans.
New Indexed Figures for 2014
November 20, 2013 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration
have released the cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments that apply to
dollar limitations set forth in certain IRS Code Sections.
Landmark Notice Allows Carryover of Unused FSA Funds
November 4, 2013 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued a notice
modifying the longstanding "use-it-or lose it" rule for health flexible
spending arrangements (health FSAs). The key changes ...
HSAs and Preventive Care
September 23, 2013 - Individuals making tax-favored contributions to HSAs must be covered by a
qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP). The HDHP must satisfy
minimum deductible amounts with certain out-of-pocket maximums.
Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses
August 30, 2013 - The IRS and Treasury announced on Thursday, 8/29/13, that all legal same-sex marriages
will be recognized for federal tax purposes—including tax laws related
to employee benefits.
Supreme Court Rules on the Defense of Marriage Act
July 22, 2013 - What started out as a tax refund suit came to a dramatic and
far-reaching conclusion on June 26, 2013 when the Supreme Court of the
United States held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is
Take Control with Your Free Online Member Account
May 2, 2013 - The Member Portal puts your health care at your fingertips. Our free Substantiation Service and other online tools will save you time and make managing your account even more convenient. We’re here to help
you get started!
Online Substantiation Sign-Up
May 21, 2013 - It's now easier than ever to enroll in our unique
Substantiation Service – a voluntary, free way to make sending in claims
documentation a thing of the past!
2014 HSA Contribution Limits
May 7, 2013 - The
IRS has announced the new 2014 Health Savings Account (HSA) index figures. The 2014 max contribution limits increased slightly for both individuals
and families. Read more...
Choice Strategies Card PIN
March 7, 2013 – Effective April 1, 2013, Choice Strategies is providing members with a unique Personal Identification Number (“PIN”) associated with their current benefit card(s).
2013 HSA Contribution Limits
January 3, 2013 - The IRS announced that the maximum contribution amount will rise for HSA
participants in 2013. A participant who elects single coverage will be able to
contribute up to $3,250 and a participant who elects family coverage will be
able to contribute up to $6,450.