Expanding HRA’s to help individual employees

A recent article in Employee Benefit Adviser on 10/25:

If this change is allowed it would help small business owners and employees alike, providing an alternative to traditional group insurance, along with level- funded plans.- Reeve

“A new proposed law loosening restrictions on health reimbursement accounts could significantly expand the use of such accounts and make them a much bigger part of employers’ healthcare offerings.

The Trump administration this week proposed to allow employers to fund tax-exempted HRAs to help pay for employees’ individual health insurance premiums, undoing Obama-era guidance that restricted HRAs for that purpose. HRAs currently have to be connected to a group health plan, with some exceptions for retirees, and are typically used to pay out-of-pocket expenses and for other medical and dental services defined by the IRS.

The proposed rule also would allow employers that offer traditional group health coverage to fund an HRA of up to $1,800 each year to reimburse employees for “qualified medical expenses” such as stand-alone dental visits.”