PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 27th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter notes the passage in the House of Representatives of two bills that would, according to sponsors, reduce employer costs for health benefits coverage and expand the use of health savings accounts. One expert tells PLANADVISER budget pressures have put limits on some reforms and the Senate outlook this year is “dim,” but the proposed changes do indicate the direction that many Republicans and more than a few Democrats would like to take. Below, you will find comprehensive coverage of the House legislation, as well as helpful contextualizing stories and research on the topic of health care costs and HSAs.

Health Savings Accounts
Will the More Evenly Divided Senate Tackle HSAs This Year?
“Although budget pressures have put limits on some reforms and the Senate outlook this year is dim, the proposed changes indicate the direction that many Republicans and more than a few Democrats would like to take,” writes Tracy Watts, Mercer’s leader on health care reform.    Read more >
Helping Employers Sort HSA Facts from Fictions
The health care plan and the health savings account are not the same thing; while the employer has some administrative responsibilities, the HSA belongs wholly to the employee and is portable. Read more >
HSA Opportunities Abound
Assets topped an estimated $45 billion at the close of last year. Read more >
HSA Myths and Misconceptions
An interview with Steve Christenson, EVP at Ascensus. Read more >
SEC Lays Out Valuable Features of HSAs
Although an SEC bulletin is directed at employees invested in HSAs, its description of useful HSA features depending on how investors use HSAs can be informative to plan sponsor clients. Read more >
Concerns About Retirement Health Care Costs Increasing Interest in HSAs
However, only 8% of respondent to a ConnectYourCare survey are seeking advice about how much to contribute to a tax-advantaged health savings account. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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