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    Topic: Alpine

    COBRA: Why It’s So Expensive and How Alpine Helps Administer It
    Picture of Alexis Merrill Alexis Merrill | September 19, 2022

    A long list of stressors comes with losing a job, including losing employer-sponsored health insurance. When an employee receives their COBRA packet...

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    Section 125 Cafeteria Plans: What Employers Need to Know
    Picture of Bretton Chatham Bretton Chatham | March 11, 2022

    Whether you knew it or not, your organization likely has a Section 125 cafeteria plan. Even though cafeteria plans are quite common, ERISA compliance...

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    What HSA Owners Need to Know When they Turn 65
    Picture of Sarah Weinstein Sarah Weinstein | December 29, 2021

    A recent analysis found that more than 3 million baby boomers retired prematurely due to COVID-19 . And while retirement is calling for a significant...

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    How Much Should I Contribute to My HSA?
    Picture of Will Miranne Will Miranne | December 23, 2021

    HSAs are an excellent means of saving money for those dreaded medical expenses. Understanding when to contribute and just how much is most beneficial...

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    Can You Use an HSA for Cosmetic Surgery?
    Picture of Bretton Chatham Bretton Chatham | December 20, 2021

    Of course, not all medical expenses are covered by an individual’s health insurance plan. But that doesn’t mean there’s no relief for out-of-pocket...

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    Can You Have an HSA and HRA at the Same Time?
    Picture of Will Miranne Will Miranne | December 17, 2021

    A common question many people ask is “Can I have an HRA and an HSA at the same time?” The answer is yes. The primary difference lies in the ownership...

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    Can I Contribute to an HSA if My Spouse Has an FSA?
    Picture of Will Miranne Will Miranne | December 16, 2021

    HSAs and FSAs are similar, yet different types of health plans. They are both intended to offer people a tax-advantaged means of paying for health...

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    How You Can Avoid Walmart's Class Action COBRA Problem
    Picture of Alexis Merrill Alexis Merrill | November 23, 2021

    According to a recent class action lawsuit, Walmart is the latest large company to fall victim to an HR mishap. A former Walmart employee is...

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    FSA-Eligible Products: Everything Employees Need to Know
    Picture of Will Miranne Will Miranne | November 11, 2021

    Flexible spending accounts (FSAs), also called flexible savings arrangements, are funds which allow employees to store money tax-free for the...

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    FSA Reminder Email Template: HR Communication
    Picture of Will Miranne Will Miranne | November 2, 2021

    Flexible spending accounts (FSAs), are funds which allow employees to store money tax-free for the purposes of medical or healthcare expenses. Unlike

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