Congress passed the CURES Act, which permits employers with fewer than 50 employees, who do not offer a health plan, to offer a stand alone HRA to their employees, as long as it meets certain requirements.
These HRAs may be used by employees to purchase individual plans and pay for medical expenses only up to:
- $4,950 for employee only plans, and
- $10,000 annually for family plans
Additionally the Cadillac Tax will apply to such plans. They must be 100% employer funded, and offered to all full time employees on the same terms.
Employers that have fewer than 50 employees who would like to consider eliminating a group health plan altogether and instead offering an employer-funded HRA to employees should consult their benefits advisors and counsel to ensure all facts and circumstances are considered.