HRA’s – Health Reimbursement Accounts allow an employer to pay or Self Fund say by using a Ben E Lect Program and possibly save thousands of $$$, for his and the employees uninsured medical care for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body. and deduct them. (§IRC §213 (d), IRS Publication 502 Allowable Medical Expenses Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §105 Publication 969)
President Barack Obama on Dec. 13 signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which will let small businesses use health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to fund employees who purchase individual health plans on the open market.
The 21st Century Cures Act, which incorporates key elements of the proposed Small Business Healthcare Relief Act, creates a new type of HRA—the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA). The legislation specifies that:
- The maximum reimbursement for health expenses that small employers can provide through employee QSEHRAs is $4,950 for single coverage and $10,000 for family coverage, to be adjusted annually for inflation.
- Small employers that choose to provide QSEHRAs must offer them to all full-time employees except those who have not yet completed 90 days of service, are under 25 years of age, or who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement for accident and health benefits. Part-time and seasonal workers may also be excluded.
- Generally, an employer must make the same QSEHRA contributions for all eligible employees. However, amounts may vary based on the price of an insurance policy in the relevant individual health insurance market, which in turn can be based on the age of the employee and eligible family members, or the number of family members covered. Learn More===SHRM.org
MERP’s – Medical Expense Reimbursement Plans IRS Section §105 Wikipedia On the other hand, many Insurance Carriers do not allow Wraps (see Ben E Lect) Blue Cross requires a signed statement that you won’t do it). Qualified claims must be described in the HRA plan document at inception, i.e., before reimbursing employees for those medical expenses.
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Section 105 of the Internal Revenue Code
Administrators – Plan Documents
Purchase Plan Documents – It is not necessary for tax purposes that the plan be in writing or that the employee’s rights to benefits under the plan be enforceable. For example, an employer’s custom or policy of continuing wages during disability, known to the employees generally, has been held to constitute a plan. Niekamp v. U.S. , 240 F. Supp. 195 (E.D. Mo. 1965); Pickle, TC Memo 1971-304
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