Health Reimbursement Account Management
What is a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)?
An HRA is part of your employee benefit plan. Your employer contributes money each year to help you pay for eligible healthcare products and services for you and your dependents not covered by any other source.
How is an HRA different from an FSA?
An HRA is a reimbursement account set up and funded by your employer to cover eligible healthcare expenses. Unlike a healthcare FSA where the IRS defines the eligible services, the employer defines the services eligible for reimbursement from an HRA. Typically, an employer will reimburse healthcare services like doctor’s office visits and hospital services, and prescription drugs. For details on qualified expenses for your plan, check your summary plan document. Your employer will provide you this document which details the rules of coverage.
How will I benefit from my HRA?
Employers offer an HRA in conjunction with your health insurance plan in order to help offset your out-of-pocket responsibility. Your health insurance plan may require you to pay out of your own pocket in the form of copayments and/or a deductible before your insurance plan starts paying for services. Also, once you meet your deductible, you may need to pay a percentage (‘coinsurance’) of services until you meet your out-of-pocket maximum. An HRA helps offset your deductible and coinsurance responsibility by allowing you to pay for those costs from funds set aside by your employer. The funds your employer contributes are not included in your salary and are not considered taxable income.
How do I access my HRA funds?
If you have a benefits debit card linked to your HRA, pay with your card and qualified purchases will be automatically debited from your HRA. Some HRAs offer automatic payment of your responsibility. If your plan offers this service, your out-of-pocket expenses will automatically be paid from your HRA. Otherwise, you will be required to pay for the medical service upfront and then submit for reimbursement.
How do I get reimbursed?
If you do not have a benefits debit card or auto-payment services, getting reimbursed for medical expenditures is fast and easy. When you incur expenses that are eligible for reimbursement, the simplest way to request reimbursement is through the Member Portal. If you do not request reimbursement online, you may complete a Request for Reimbursement form and mail or FAX to EHIM at #248-204-6350 with the following documents:
- Copy of the receipt or statement for your dependent care expenses.
- Copy of the Explanation of Benefits or itemized bill.
- Proof of payment for healthcare expenses.