Tag Archives: Employee Benefits

HSAs: A Real Alternative to Traditional Health Insurance

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) offer a unique and perhaps unintended opportunity to create tax-favored savings vehicles similar to IRAs.  HSAs were established by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 with the intention of encouraging consumer-directed healthcare and providing an alternative source for health insurance coverage. The concept pairs HSAs with High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs). Individuals and … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Legislature Enacts HSA Tax Changes

The Pennsylvania Legislature enacted the Health Savings Account Act (the "HSA Act") 72 P.S. §§3402b.1-3402b.6, on July 14, 2005, to be effective sixty days thereafter. As enacted, Section 4 of the HSA Act did not provide an exclusion from Pennsylvania tax for contributions by employers and employees to health savings account plans. Accordingly, there were not deductions … Continue Reading

Better Late than Never- Health Plan Sponsors’ Obligations under Medicare Part D Regulations

Under Medicare Part D Regulations, employers who sponsor health plans must: (1) determine whether the plan’s prescription drug coverage is equivalent to Medicare Part D (“Creditable”); (2) send notice of the status at least to Medicare-eligible participants and dependents’ and; (3) must report the status to CMS. These reporting requirements help Medicare-eligible individuals decide whether … Continue Reading