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FSA Contribution Limit Rises to $2,550
The 2015 contribution limit for health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) rises by $50. Also, no change in transit and parking benefit caps, IRS says.

2015 401(k) Contribution Limit Rises to $18,000
The ‘catch-up’contribution for those 50 and over rises to $6,000, the IRS announced.

Same-Sex Spouse Benefits: Where Things Stand
What the Supreme Court’s recent action (or rather, inaction), means for employee retirement and health/welfare benefit plans.

Surge in Employees’ Share of Health Costs
Employers continue to shift more of the financial burden of health coverage to employees through out-of-pocket cost increases and reductions in family benefits.

Employees Forgo Covered Dental Checkups
More than one-fourth of adults with dental coverage don’t take advantage of their preventive care benefits. Encourage them to do so.

Counter Open Enrollment ‘Benefits Fatigue’
Frame benefits selection by highlighting how medical and voluntary products work together.

Consumer-Driven Options for Open Enrolllment
A variety of strategies and incentives promote smarter health care decision-making this enrollment season.

Tracking the Excise Tax Impact on Your Plan
Determine if or when your health plan will reach the cost thresholds for the 2018 excise tax.

Navigate Generational Attitudes on Health
During open enrollment, age cohorts tend to approach health-benefits selection differently.

Drug Plan Cost Rise Outpaces Health Benefits
The cost increase for carve-out prescription drug coverage is projected to far outpace the rise in group medical plan premiums.

Private Exchanges Spur Coverage Shift
Rising costs and regulatory demands will fuel the growth of private health exchanges over the next decade.

Nov. 5 Deadline for ‘HPID’ Identifier
Large plans require health plan identifiers (HPIDs) by Nov. 5, 2014; small plans have another year.

 

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