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What are the reporting requirements for Health Reimbursement Arrangements?

What are the reporting requirements for Health Reimbursement Arrangements? Group health plans have several reporting requirements. Since Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) are considered group health plans, many of the requirements that apply to group health insurance plans also apply to HRAs. Medicare Secondary Payer Reporting In an attempt to reduce unneeded payments, Medicare requires group […]

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What is a Health Reimbursement Arrangement?

What is a Health Reimbursement Arrangement? A Health Reimbursement Arrangement, or HRA, is a pre-tax benefit that can be offered by employers to help pay for their employees’ out of pocket medical costs. HRAs are funded entirely by the employer; there is no contribution made by the employee.  The benefit of the HRA is that […]

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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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Top 3 Things To Know about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Top 3 Things To Know about Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements When Congress passed and the President signed The 21st Century Cures Act at the end of 2016, a new benefit option became available for small employers.  The legislation includes language allowing for Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or QSEHRAs.  These plans allow […]

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Maximize Your Flexible Spending Account with Correct Claim Documentation

Maximize Your Flexible Spending Account with Correct Claim Documentation When submitting documentation for claims, it is important to remember the requirements for substantiating eligible expenses. There are five pieces of information required by the IRS in order to confirm an expense is eligible to be reimbursed pre-tax from a flexible spending account (FSA). The required […]

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The Small Business Healthcare Relief Act May Provide Additional Options

The Small Business Healthcare Relief Act May Provide Additional Options   When IRS Notice 2013-54 was released at the end of 2013, it contained information that put an end to most stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). Many employers used HRAs to provide additional benefits to their employees.  Small employers used HRAs to provide funds for […]

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Making the Most of your Flex Debit Card

Making the Most of your Flex Debit Card Many employers offer the convenience of a flex debit card as part of their pre-tax spending accounts. With the flex debit card comes the convenience of being able to pay for out of pocket medical expenses at the point of sale without having to wait for a […]

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Review Your Plan Mid-Year to Help Reduce End of Year Stress!

The middle of the plan year is a great time to take stock of the status of your plan.  This applies to both employees who are participating in a plan such as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and employers who sponsor employee benefits. Employees may want to review the following […]

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