Family-building benefits are very much “in the news.” Many employers are implementing new benefit programs to support employees in their journey to have children. In the excitement of rolling out these new benefits, it’s possible for employers to overlook obligations under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) that may attach to family-building benefit components. […]
United Benefit Advisors (UBA) says that more than one-third (35.1%) of all health plans offered employees a way to help pay their out-of-pocket expenses in 2016, through either a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). Employers and employees reap benefits from both kinds of plans, but in different ways. Understanding key differences can help you make the right decision for your company.
Question: If you offer a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) to your regular full time employees, are you obligated to offer the HRA to people that terminate and elect COBRA? If yes, can you charge the employee for the COBRA premium AND can you charge for a premium equivalent rate for the HRA (or administrative charge)?
The effect of the recent 21st Century Cures Act on health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) was clarified by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a new round of frequently asked questions (FAQs).
With so much discussion surrounding health care of late, it’s important to know what current options are available to ensure that you as an employer are selecting the best coverage for your business and its employees. With more and more frequency, employers are leaning toward a Consumer-Driven Healthcare Plan (CDHP)—a plan in which employee/consumer behavior […]