Maximize Your Summer Savings: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials for a Sun-Safe Season

Maximize Your Summer Savings: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials for a Sun-Safe Season

Summer is right around the corner (June 21)! Whether you have plans to travel or are staying closer to home, your Flexible Spending Account can help you stock up on summer essentials without breaking the bank. Depending on your activity, your FSA can provide a variety of products! Below is a list of the top items to not only enhance your summer experience but also ensure your health and wellness.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a no-brainer when it comes to summer. With more time spent outdoors, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is crucial. The last thing you want to worry about before heading to the beach or the pool is sunscreen. Buying sunscreen while on vacation can also be more expensive. Click here for all FSA eligible sunscreen bundle options.

First Aid

Whether you are dealing with mosquito bites, blisters from those long summer walks, or minor cuts and scrapes, accidents happen and being prepared is key. Click here for all FSA eligible medicine and treatment care.

Shoe Inserts

Comfortable footwear is essential for enjoying summer activities. A shoe insert can help reduce foot pain offering extra padding and improve blood circulation. Click here for all FSA eligible foot care options.

Eye Care

Protecting your eyes is just as important as protecting your skin. If you wear contact lenses, you want them to stay comfortable and clean. The FSA store offers a variety of contact lens solution and eye drops to make sure your eyes don’t get irritated throughout the days. Let’s not forget about the UV rays! The FSA store also offers sunglasses with or without prescription!

Your FSA is more than just a healthcare benefit; it’s a gateway to a healthier, more enjoyable summer. By investing in these FSA-eligible essentials, you’re not only making smart financial choices but also ensuring that you and your family can fully embrace all the joys that summer has to offer. So, dive into the season with confidence, knowing that you’re covered for every sunny day ahead.

For all FSA eligible items, or other HRA and HSA eligible items, click here.

Note: The products mentioned are based on the latest available information and are subject to change. Always check with your FSA provider for the most current eligibility list.

Maximize Your Summer Savings: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials for a Sun-Safe Season

Broker Builder Solutions Names NueSynergy a Preferred PartnerBroker

LEAWOOD, Kansas – NueSynergy, Inc., one of the nation’s fastest growing employee benefits and billing administrators in the country, is pleased to announce its preferred partnership with Broker Builder Solutions (BBS), a national leader in support services for the benefits and technology industry.

“NueSynergy is an industry partner that reflects our shared commitment to solution-oriented strategies for benefits brokers and Human Resource professionals within the employee benefits sector,” said Tonya Taylor, Marketing Leader and Client Relationship Liaison at BBS. This alliance leverages both teams’ expertise to educate clients and effectively provide solutions to their benefits administration and technology challenges. Our shared foundation of outgoing and professional staff is crucial in delivering excellence to the industry and the companies we serve. Through this collaboration, BBS looks forward to expanding our network of trusted benefits professionals.”

NueSynergy continues to achieve exceptional business results with innovative products like its SpouseSaver Incentive Account and COBRAcare+ administration. NueSynergy will work with BBS to offer agents and agencies a wide variety of administrative services for their new and existing employer clients.

“After investing heavily in technology and expansion of our overall infrastructure, NueSynergy has concentrated on partnering with well-known benefits leaders as we continue to expand our nationwide presence,” said Josh Collins, President of NueSynergy. “As we continue to focus on industry-leading service and expanding administration solutions for employers, we have found Broker Builder Solutions to be a natural fit in helping us build new broker and client relationships.”

About NueSynergy
NueSynergy is known for industry-leading service, innovative technology, and excellence in providing full-service administration of consumer-driven and traditional account-based plans to employers of all sizes and sectors. Headquartered in Leawood, Kansas, NueSynergy also has locations in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Rzeszów, Poland.

NueSynergy offers a fully integrated suite of administration services, which include Health Savings Account (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Lifestyle Savings Account (LSA), and COBRAcare+ administration as well as SpouseSaver Incentive Account, Combined Billing, Direct Billing, and Specialty Solutions. For more information, visit www.NueSynergy.com.

About Broker Builder Solutions
Broker Builder Solutions is dedicated to assisting organizations with their benefits administration needs. Whether setting up a new benefits administration platform or maintaining/leveraging an existing platform, BBS can help. With over 15 years of benefit administration experience, the BBS team are experts in leveraging Ben Admin platforms to provide seamless implementations and carrier file transmissions. But their most important win is fostering positive and long-lasting relationships with all organizations across the benefits industry ecosystem.

BBS has expertise in Client Implementation, 834 EDI File Implementation, Carrier and Payroll Integrations,
Eligibility Maintenance Support, ACA Reporting, and Data Migration support for cross platform transitions.
For more information, visit www.brokerbuildersolutions.com.

Maximize Your Summer Savings: 5 FSA-Eligible Essentials for a Sun-Safe Season

IRS Announces 2024 Standard Mileage Rates and Maximum Vehicle Values

The IRS has announced the optional 2024 standard mileage rates for business, medical, and other uses of an automobile, and the 2024 vehicle values that limit the application of certain rules for valuing an automobile’s use. For 2024, the business standard mileage rate is 67 cents per mile (up from the 65.5-cent rate that applied during 2023). The rate when an automobile is used to obtain medical care—which may be deductible if it is primarily for, and essential to, the medical care—is 21 cents per mile for 2024 (down from the 22-cent rate that was in effect during 2023). The same 21-cent rate will apply for deducting automobile expenses that are moving expenses. For taxable years beginning after 2018 and before 2026, however, the moving expense deduction is available only for certain moves by members of the Armed Forces on active duty (see our article). The 2024 rate for charitable use of an automobile is 14 cents per mile (unchanged from 2023).

Standard mileage rates can be used instead of calculating the actual expenses that are deductible. For example, the business standard mileage rate can be used instead of determining the amount of fixed expenses (e.g., depreciation, lease payments, and license and registration fees) and variable expenses (e.g., gas and oil) that are deductible as business expenses. Only variable expenses are deductible as medical or moving expenses, so the medical and moving rate is lower. Parking fees and tolls related to use of an automobile for medical or moving expense purposes may be deductible as separate items. Fixed costs (e.g., depreciation, lease payments, insurance, and license and registration fees) are not deductible for these purposes and are not reflected in the standard mileage rate for medical care and moving expenses. These and other details about using the standard mileage rate can be found in Revenue Procedure 2019-46.

The Notice also sets the maximum vehicle values that determine whether the cents-per-mile rule or the fleet-average valuation rule are available to value the personal use of an employer-provided vehicle. The cents-per-mile rule determines the value of personal use by multiplying the business standard mileage rate by the number of miles driven for personal purposes. The fleet-average rule allows employers operating a fleet of 20 or more qualifying automobiles to use an average annual lease value for every qualifying vehicle in the fleet when applying the automobile annual lease valuation rule. For vehicles (including vans and trucks) first made available to employees for personal use in calendar year 2024, the maximum vehicle value under both rules will increase to $62,000 (up from $60,800 in 2023). That amount will also be the maximum standard automobile cost for setting reimbursement allowances under a fixed and variable rate (FAVR) plan—an alternative to the business standard mileage rate that bases payments on data derived from the geographic area where an employee generally pays or incurs the costs of driving an automobile in performing services as an employee.

Source: Thomson Reuters

IRS announces 2024 contribution limits

IRS announces 2024 contribution limits

The IRS has just released the 2024 limits for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs). HSA contribution and plan limits will increase to $4,150 for individual coverage and $8,300 for family coverage. Changes to these limits will take effect January 2024.

HSAs are tax-exempt accounts that help people save money for eligible medical expenses. To qualify for an HSA, the policyholder must be enrolled in an HSA-qualified high-deductible health plan, must not be covered by other non-HDHP health insurance or Medicare, and cannot be claimed as a dependent on a tax return.

Questions? Contact us at 855.890.7239 or send an email to customerservice@nuesynergy.com.

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