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How are HRAs different from FSAs and HSAs?

How are HRAs different from FSAs and HSAs? With so many options available for employee benefits, what sets health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) apart from the rest of the pre-tax reimbursement accounts? 1. HRAs provide employers the ability to specify exactly what expenses the plan will reimburse. HRAs are funded entirely with employer contributions. HRAs can […]

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Designing a Health Reimbursement Arrangement

Designing a Health Reimbursement Arrangement Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, can be a powerful addition to an employer’s benefit package. The benefit helps pay for out of pocket medical expenses for employees and can be customized based on the employer’s preferences.  Listed below are several features of HRAs and some options available for each. Eligible […]

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Employers Increasingly Embracing High-Deductible Health Plans

More and more employers are offering high-deductible health plans, or HDHPs. These are specially-designed major-medical health insurance plans that come with a relatively high deductible. To compensate for the high deductible, plan participants can contribute pre-tax dollars to a health savings account, or HSA. Money in HSAs compounds tax-deferred, and funds spent for qualified health […]

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Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) Help Introduce Employees to Health Care Consumerism

Benefits of Health Care – HRAs Help Introduce Employees to Health Care Consumerism Discussions of consumer-directed health plans frequently focus on high-deductible health plans coupled with health savings accounts (HSAs). Sometimes overlooked are health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) or a cafeteria plan, employer-funded accounts that can be a solid first step in transitioning to a consumer-directed […]

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