Our Top 10 Employee Benefits Blog Posts in 2020

December 29, 2020

In 2020, we saw unprecedented change in employee benefits rules and regulations, as federal agencies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a year unlike any other, we have compiled our top 10 blog posts that our readers engaged with in the past year. 

2020 top posts

OTC Expenses Now Eligible For Your HSA and FSA Funds

Health savings account (HSA) and flexible spending account (FSA) participants gained some added savings flexibility when the CARES Act was signed into law. The 213(d) eligible expense list that governs these accounts was expanded to include some common household over-the-counter (OTC) products. The added eligible expenses include pain relief medications, cold and flu products, and menstrual products. Check out our eligible expense list to see what expenses are eligible. 

The CARES Act and What It Means For Your Benefits

The addition of OTC products was just one way that the CARES Act impacted employee benefits when it became law in March. It also included additional provisions that affected high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) and telehealth expenses. 

4 Ways to Help Employees with Benefits During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread changes in our day-to-day lives. For example, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of employees working from home for part or all of their work weeks, which affected how much they needed their FSA or commuter benefits funds. That’s why we outlined four ways employers can help their employees during the pandemic.  

How Your Benefits Have Been Impacted by Recent Notices

A pair of notices were issued in April and May that affected FSAs, HDHPs, and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2020-01 also granted a temporary extension of certain deadlines for sending notifications, electing, and paying for COBRA continuation coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here. 

2021 HSA Contribution Limits Released

HSA contribution limits increased in 2021 for self-only and family plans. Find out what the changes were and what the HDHP limits will be in 2021. 

2021 FSA, Commuter Benefits Limits Released

The IRS also recently released 2021 contribution limits for a variety of accounts, including FSAs and commuter benefits. Some limits will change for 2021, while some are staying the same. 

10 HSA and FSA Expenses You Can Buy for Under $10

HSAs and FSAs can make affordable expenses even more affordable. Did you know there are quite a few HSA-eligible and FSA-eligible expenses available for less than $10? Some of these expenses might surprise you!

Back-to-School Expenses for Your HSA or FSA

It might be too late for your kids’ back-to-school needs. But that doesn’t mean expenses won’t emerge during the school year. We compiled nine school-related expenses that you can purchase with your HSA or FSA funds. 

How Medicare Affects Your HSA Eligibility

What happens to your HSA when you’re on Medicare? Can you still contribute? Can you withdraw HSA funds? Get answers to your common HSA-related Medicare questions here

COBRA and How it Affects Your Employee Benefits Activity

Electing COBRA can affect your ability to engage in the savings and spending accounts you were participating in prior to your election. Find out how COBRA works with an HSA, FSA, HRA, and commuter benefits.

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