Health Reimbursement Arrangements
Reduce Your Healthcare Premiums and Offset Employee Deductibles
By modifying your health plan design to a higher deductible, you can save money in annual employee premiums. However, the increased deductible may cause employee dissatisfaction. A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) provides a way to save money in taxes, but also offers your employees a break towards their out-of-pocket expenses.
How do HRAs work?
HRAs are a different way of “sharing the cost” with your medical insurance carrier. You place a percentage of the money you're saving from lowered premiums into the HRA, which is 100% funded with employer contributions. Then, depending on how you set up your account, employees can use a portion of the funds to pay for healthcare expenses not covered by their medical plan. Essentially, you’re offsetting employees' deductibles with a percentage of the money you're saving by increasing premiums.
Multiple Plan Types to Solve Different Pain Points
The various HRA plan designs allow employers to control the total cost of offering an HRA. Employers may design their HRA to reimburse expenses in a variety of ways, taking into consideration their medical plan and deductibles. Since HRAs are not required to be pre-funded, you decide if you want to pre-fund the account or pay only when an employee files a claim.