The Lively Blog



Stay up to date on the latest news delivered straight to your inbox

Understand the Employee Benefits That Make the Most Impact

Lively · October 6, 2023 · 2 min read

Employee Benefits Pulse Check 2023 Blog Header

In an environment of economic volatility and rapidly shifting employee expectations, the pressure is on HR leaders, and the benefits brokers that serve them, to offer employee benefits that make an impact when it comes to employee retention, recruitment, and cost savings. Lively’s second annual Employee Benefits Pulse Check captures and shares the decisions that HR leaders are making around benefits right now. In partnership with CITE research, we anonymously surveyed 250 HR leaders across the United States and multiple industries to capture key data and understand current trends around what employee benefits.


The report provides data driven responses to the following questions:

  • What are the reasons behind why employers are adding new benefits or improving existing benefits?

  • What benefits are the most effective for attracting and retaining employees?

  • What are the most challenging aspects of benefits administration and how can employers drive better benefits adoption?


The report identifies four key trends around how employers are:

  • Adding bonuses, 401(k) matching and other incentives to retain employees

  • Offering innovative benefits such as Lifestyle Spending and Medical Travel Accounts and where these can be improved

  • Leveraging benefits to combat employee financial stress

  • Utilizing benefits education and working with benefits providers to drive adoption


It provides key action items for brokers and employers to enable them to:

  • Understand what’s most valuable to employees and respond to employee needs

  • Identify benefits to add or improve, while staying within budget

  • Consider adding Lifestyle Spending and Medical Travel Accounts to further meet employee needs and create an inclusive workplace culture

  • Identify benefits providers that support employee education and benefits adoption during open enrollment and all year long


Read the full report in order to understand how to choose the most impactful, and cost effective, benefits for employees and to better keep up with client and employee demand during open enrollment and as you plan benefits strategies for 2024.



Lively is the modern HSA experience built for—and by—those seeking stability in the ever-shifting healthcare landscape. By harnessing modern innovation and deep industry expertise, Lively is committed to bridging today’s savings with tomorrow’s unknowns. Unlike traditional institutions hindered by bureaucracy, Lively’s commitment extends beyond initial set up to providing dedicated, ongoing support and education for every step. So each HSA can reach its maximum potential with minimal headache.

piggy bank on pink background


2024 and 2025 HSA Maximum Contribution Limits

Lively · May 9, 2024 · 3 min read

On May 9, 2024 the Internal Revenue Service announced the HSA contribution limits for 2025. For 2025 HSA-eligible account holders are allowed to contribute: $4,300 for individual coverage and $8,500 for family coverage. If you are 55 years or older, you’re still eligible to contribute an extra $1,000 catch-up contribution.

comparing hsa versus fsa


What is the Difference Between a Flexible Spending Account and a Health Savings Account?

Lauren Hargrave · February 9, 2024 · 12 min read

A Health Savings Account (HSA) and Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) provide up to 30% savings on out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. That’s good news. Except you can’t contribute to an HSA and Healthcare FSA at the same time. So what if your employer offers both benefits? How do you choose which account type is best for you? Let’s explore the advantages of each to help you decide which wins in HSA vs FSA.

Benefits of HSA employer matching

Health Savings Accounts

Ways Health Savings Account Matching Benefits Employers

Lauren Hargrave · October 13, 2023 · 7 min read

Employers need employees to adopt and engage with their benefits and one way to encourage employees to adopt and contribute to (i.e. engage with) an HSA, is for employers to match employees’ contributions.

Disclaimer: the content presented in this article are for informational purposes only, and is not, and must not be considered tax, investment, legal, accounting or financial planning advice, nor a recommendation as to a specific course of action. Investors should consult all available information, including fund prospectuses, and consult with appropriate tax, investment, accounting, legal, and accounting professionals, as appropriate, before making any investment or utilizing any financial planning strategy.



Stay up to date on the latest news delivered straight to your inbox