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Medcom Cares: Disaster Recovery Card

Medcom Cares: Disaster Recovery Card

Medcom Benefit Solutions recently announced a significant and valuable expansion of its Consumer Driven Health Plan division with the introduction of a Disaster Relief Program. The program, Medcom Cares, assists employers looking for time-sensitive and creative financial ways for helping their employees dealing with furloughs, reduced hours, and layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medcom Cares is based on IRS Section 139: Disaster Relief Payments. Section 139 states that employers are allowed to provide "Qualified Disaster Relief Payments" to employees, tax-free, who are affected by a federally declared disaster. A qualified disaster relief payment means any amount paid...

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New FSA Limit Announced

New FSA Limit Announced

If all you want for Christmas is an extra $50 in your health FSA, you must have been very good this year. Santa is granting your wish and allowing just that much, as the new FSA contribution was announced last month! However, the gift that keeps on giving may be a little too late for some whose Open Enrollment periods have already ended. If you are one of the lucky ones that are still eligible to make changes to your health benefit elections, take a moment to read below; there are several benefit limitation changes for 2020.

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Helping Your Employees Make the Best of Their Benefits

Helping Your Employees Make the Best of Their Benefits

Open enrollment is a confusing time for your employees. They’re lost, dazed, and confused, trying to make heads and tails of which account covers what and how much money they’ll be out of pocket every paycheck for their elections.

You and I both know the critical role tax-advantaged savings accounts play in making healthcare more affordable for employees. Still, employees don’t always recognize the potential cost savings associated with them until presented with real numbers.

Here’s why this is important:

The estimated cost of health insurance for...

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What is an FSA, exactly?

What is an FSA, exactly?

AHHHH!!! Here we go again with the confusing acronyms! Yes, we get it: this stuff is complicated, especially living in a fast-paced world where we barely have the time to check our voicemails. Forget about answering them! So, let's start, as we usually do, with a definition.

FSA, or Flexible Spending Account, is set-up through employers and can be used for medical expenses, dental care, and vision care. The employee decides how much to contribute for the year, and that amount is deducted from the employee's pay over 12 months before...

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