In recent years, the number of Americans participating in health savings accounts (HSAs) has increased dramatically. Within the last decade, HSA participation has jumped from 3.2 million in 2006 to 20.2 million in 2016. Health benefits experts believe these numbers will continue to rise as the current Republican administration seeks to expand HSAs as part of its efforts to replace Obamacare.
As we’ve discussed before, more and more businesses are expanding their operations to other states. Virtual workplaces, better connectivity, and remote technology allow today’s companies to recruit top talent regardless of location—a win-win for businesses and employees.
In December 2016, Congress revised and revived a popular employee benefits option: the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). Many users of the new Small Business HRA have never administered a reimbursement plan, though, and have questions on how to process employee reimbursement requests while staying compliant with the law. We’ve compiled six of the most commonly asked questions on Small Business HRA reimbursement to make sure you and your employees are comfortable with your new benefit. We’ll also go over what could lead to improper reimbursement, the consequences of improper reimbursement, and how to address improper reimbursement without incurring tax fines.
This article is a summary of a section from our free resource, Small Business Health Insurance Reimbursement: Annual Report 2017. Download the full report by clicking here. In the face of rising health costs nationwide, reimbursement plans like health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), by which businesses provide allowances to employees to reimburse their health expenses, are an increasingly popular alternative to group health insurance. How these plans are executed varies depending on several metrics, however, including geography and industry. One factor that’s likely contributing to the differences in health reimbursement popularity is the range of allowances among the states. These allowances are the dollar amount made available to employees for qualified reimbursements. In our 2017 Annual Report, we analyzed reimbursement plan allowances nationally, regionally, and state by state.
All businesses face challenges, but nonprofits often struggle with different obstacles compared to their for-profit counterparts. Among the most pressing challenges facing nonprofits today are a lack of resources, creation of a sustainable business model, and donor retention.
Recent health reform has left many businesses wondering if their health reimbursement plans for their employees are compliant with current laws. Today, we’re taking a look at three common mistakes businesses make regarding health reimbursements, as well as an easy, compliant way to make a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) work for small business owners.
The following are excerpts from our free eBooks, The Comprehensive Guide to the Small Business HRA and the Small Business Health Insurance Reimbursement 2017 Annual Report. You can download these resources by clicking here and here.
The following is an extract from our free eBook, The Comprehensive Guide to the Small Business HRA. Click here to download the full eBook, which will guide you through everything you need to know to start offering reimbursement benefits.
Despite the political climate, premium tax credits (sometimes called subsidies) are still available to individuals who don’t receive health insurance through their company or a federal program like Medicaid or Medicare.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is general in nature and does not apply to any specific U.S. state except where noted. Health insurance regulations differ in each state. See a licensed agent for detailed information on your state. Zane Benefits, Inc. does not sell health insurance.