An HRA is a medical reimbursement plan paid solely by your employer. The employer sets the maximum HRA fund balance per employee. The employer reimburses you for qualified medical expenses up to the maximum dollar amount. The employer also determines how much of the unused balance you can carry over to the next year.
You can expect to save on coverage costs compared to traditional plans. For example, how much does it really cost to carry a health benefits policy with a low copayment? Let's say the copayment is $15 for a doctor's office visit. This month, one family member visits the doctor. Is the cost just $15? Not really — you need to also include the medical premium deducted from your paycheck.
Let's say your traditional plan costs $650 in monthly premiums. This month would cost you $650, plus the $15 copayment for the office visit = $665. What if that was the only doctor visit for the year? Now how much did that one visit cost? The annual premium is $7,800 plus $15 for the doctor's visit, so your annual cost is $7,815.
The annual premium for HRAs is typically lower than a standard preferred provider organization (PPO) or health maintenance organization (HMO) plan. When comparing costs, you must include premium costs. Even if you spend your HRA funds and have to pay out of your pocket until you meet your deductible, the money you save on premiums may make it the better value.
On our website, log into My Health Toolkit®. Your balance will appear on the Welcome page. To view claims or additional details, click the Access Account link.
Check your plan information for specific details.
No, only employers can fund HRA plans.
Yes, because an HRA is an employer-sponsored health plan, it is subject to COBRA.
If you have questions about HRAs, you can find additional information here. For specific details about your plan, please check your benefit booklet or contact your benefits coordinator or your employer's Human Resources department.