Health Reimbursement Accounts or Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) can be tricky without the right plan set up. This tool can have great success in lowering overall cost of healthcare is implemented properly. There are a number of things you will need to consider as an employer before implementing this type of program. Please be sure to contact us and we can give you the information that you need to make that decision. With the Affordable Care Act in place some of the rules for this type of account have changes.
Health Savings Account (HSA)
HSAs are an excellent way to help fund medical expenses. By establishing an HSA, you can deposit funds into your account tax-free via salary reductions to pay for qualified medical expenses. The funds are held in a custodial account until which time a qualified medical expense has been incurred, at which point funds can be withdrawn from the account. Unused balances at the end of the Plan Year are retained in the account and may be carried over to the subsequent Plan Years. In addition, funds in the accounts belong to you and are portable.
To be eligible for an Individual Medical HSA, you must have a qualifying deductible health plan or be applying for one in conjunction with the HSA; and there can be no coverage in place by another health insurance plan (other than a plan providing certain limited types of coverage, such as accidental and scheduled Benefit Plans).
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Another great solution is using pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified medical expenses. An FSA reduces your taxable income while increasing your take home pay! Consider how much you spend on healthcare and/or dependent care expenses for you and your qualified dependents in one year:
- prescription drugs/medications
- medical/dental office visit co-pays
- eye exams and prescription glasses/lenses
- daycare tuition
Why not reduce these expenses by using pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars? With rising healthcare costs, every penny counts! By using pre-tax dollars, you are taxed on a lower gross salary, thereby saving money that would otherwise be spent on federal, state and FICA taxes, and thereby you increase your take home pay!
If you would like more information about how all of these powerful products can enrich the benefits of your employees please let us know and we can send you some information that will answer all your questions. Contact us!