PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 19th, 2017
Happy Friday readers! This weekend’s newsletter considers the role of health savings accounts, or HSAs, in the retirement planning effort. Survey and anecdotal evidence shows Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials alike anticipate major challenges paying for health care post-employment. HSAs, however, present an opportunity to leverage the power of compounding and market returns to ease the burden. 
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Will HSAs Become the 401(k)s for Health Care Savings?
HSAs are gaining more acceptance as concerns about health care costs in retirement increase, and interestingly, they seem to be following a similar path as 401(k) plan growth. Read more >
HSAs and DC Health Care
Advising about saving for retirement health care costs can add to an adviser’s value proposition. Read more >
Fearing Health Care Costs in Retirement
The three biggest retirement-related financial worries for most Americans are a costly health issue affecting them or a loved one; inflation; and having too little money to do what they would like. Read more >
Retiree Health Care Cost Estimates Rise
According to research by Fidelity, couples who retired in 2016 can expect to pay $260,000 on health care throughout retirement or 6% more than the previous year’s estimate. Read more >
Participants Investing in HSAs Stay Committed to 401(k)s
Most participants are taking advantage of the combined benefits an HSA and 401(k) have to offer, but there is still a gap in knowledge of HSA basics among participants.  Read more >
Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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