PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 27th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. Below you will find a helpful series of articles and research reports seeking to link the challenges and opportunities of health care and retirement planning. In particular, we present ample evidence that health savings accounts are ripe for growth—and they represent an important opportunity for advisers and their clients to be better prepared for the long-term future. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a colleague.  
Health Care and Other Benefits
The Role of HSAs
The time is ripe for retirement plan advisers to get into the business of educating about HSAs, experts say. Read more >
Employees Need to Get a Grasp on Managing Health Care Costs
Advisers who help plan sponsor clients address employees’ health care cost concerns may be helping to boost employees’ retirement savings. Read more >
HSAs Seen as a Viable Solution for Health Care Costs in Retirement
A 65-year-old couple retiring today can expect to pay $400,000 in health care expenses. Read more >
Worried About Health Care Cost Inflation? It Has Only Just Begun
The health care cost inflation projections contained in HealthView Services’ latest reporting are simply astounding; accounting for projected lifetime inflation, a healthy retired couple at 65 can expect $600,000 in health-related expenses alone. Read more >
Advisers Compete for Benefits Dollars and Time
New research from Fidelity warns that plan sponsors’ increasing focus on health care is cutting back the amount of money and time they have to devote to retirement benefits; satisfaction with advisers is also up. Read more >
Larger Plans Offer Many Benefits
Companies midsized and up are likelier to offer NQDCs, HSAs and more. Read more >
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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

The Most Common Retirement Plan Testing Mistakes

By alerting plan sponsors to the issues they see most often, advisers can help their clients navigate IRS testing rules.

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