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Much Ado about $50… IRS Announces Relief for Reduction of Maximum HSA Contributions

On April 3, we blogged about a reduction in the HSA contribution limit for family coverage in 2018 from $6,900 to $6,850.  This was a technical change resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that adjusted the method for calculating inflation.  On April 26, in Revenue Procedure 2018-27, the IRS came through with a […]

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IRS Announces 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This post has been updated as of June 7, 2018, to reflect the revised maximum annual HSA contribution limit for family coverage set out in Revenue Procedures 2018-18 and 2018-27. The IRS recently announced cost-of-living adjustments for 2018 in Notice 2017-64 and related guidance.  The key dollar limits for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans […]

What is Telemedicine? A Cool Benefit or a Hot Mess?

We’ve had numerous inquiries lately about telemedicine benefits.  My clients most typically ask either “is this a group health plan?” or “is it just access to another provider?”  Clearly, there is much confusion surrounding telemedicine benefits.  Part of the problem is that the regulators have yet to issue guidance on how telemedicine should be treated.  […]


IRS Announces 2016 Health FSA, HSA, HDHP and Transportation Plan Limits

The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments for health flexible spending accounts (“health FSAs”) in Section 125 cafeteria plans, contributions to health savings accounts (“HSAs”), out-of-pocket maximums under high deductible health plans (“HDHPs”) and qualified transportation plan benefits for 2016. For 2016, the health FSA limit on voluntary employee salary reduction contributions will remain […]


Carryover Confusion: Chief Counsel Clears Up Rules on Health FSA Carryovers

Earlier this year, I blogged about how the IRS modified the health flexible spending account (“health FSA”) “use-it-or-lose-it” rule to allow carryovers of up to $500 to subsequent plan years.  This rule change caused some confusion.  Employers were asking, “what happens to an employee’s eligibility to contribute to a health savings account (“HSA”) if they […]

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