PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 26th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers. The focus of this weekend’s mailing is health care and retirement—a topic that is clearly on many peoples’ minds. Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, retirement plan advisers were growing increasingly focused on the links between physical wellness and financial wellness. Collected below is a series of articles and reports on just that. We hope you find our reporting useful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

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Big Dose of HSA Education Needed
Simply put, a lack of insight and advice means Americans are failing to take full advantage of health savings accounts (HSAs). Read more >
Planning for Clients’ Health Care Expenses in Event of a Layoff
Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free? Read more >
The Need for Planning—Not Just Advice—Is Clear
Financial advisers say the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the need for creating a comprehensive financial plan as opposed to receiving ad hoc advice. Read more >
HSAs, FSAs and HRAs: Get to Know the Health Savings Alphabet
The account types differ quite a lot. Some require same-year spending, most are owned by the employer, and one comes with a triple tax advantage. Read more >
Helping People Work Past Age 65
While 75% of employers consider their companies to be “aging friendly,” only 54% of workers think their companies have adopted such policies. Read more >
Facts You Haven’t Learned About HSAs
One overlooked benefit of HSAs is that people can actually spend money on qualified health care expenses out of pocket and then reimburse themselves tax-free via the HSA once they enter retirement.  Read more >
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Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

Hub Expects Good Retirement Outcomes for American Workers

A solid retirement plan is essential for workers’ financial well-being and may be just as important as health benefits, the firm argues.

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