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A message from Aflac

To our policyholders in areas affected by wildfires in designated California counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma, and Yuba, as well as those in areas affected by recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, please know that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at Aflac are with you. We are working with government agencies that represent all declared disaster areas, including those under emergency order, to ensure we do everything possible to help you. Based on that guidance, we have extended the due dates for policy premiums by 60 days for those living in places that have been declared disaster areas or are under emergency order. If you have a question about your policy or need help, contact us at 800-992-3522. To help with the recovery, Aflac made a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross, and our employees are making their own private contributions. Please be safe, as the care of you and your families is paramount.

Un mensaje de parte de Aflac

A nuestros asegurados en las áreas afectadas por los recientes huracanes, queremos que sepan que todos en Aflac estamos pensando en, y orando por, ustedes. Estamos trabajando con agencias del gobierno que representan todas las áreas declaradas como zonas de desastre, para asegurarnos de hacer todo lo posible para ayudarles. Basándonos en su consejo, hemos extendido por 60 días las fechas de vencimiento de las primas de las pólizas de aquellos que viven en áreas declaradas como zonas de desastre. Si tiene una pregunta sobre su póliza o necesita ayuda, contáctenos al 800-992-3522. Para ayudar con la recuperación, Aflac ha donado $500,000 a la Cruz Roja Americana y nuestros empleados están efectuando sus propias donaciones. Por favor cuídense, ya que su bienestar y el de sus familias está por encima de todo.

The Small Business Healthcare Relief Act allows employers with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees to make pretax HRA contributions for premiums in the individual market and other medical expenses.

The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016. The law includes the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act, which helps small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees to make pretax contributions for major medical insurance coverage for their employees through a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) without being penalized. However, employee salary reduction contributions are still not permitted. Here are important details about how these new plans may help your clients, as well as important restrictions to consider before putting one in place.

Key details

The law allows small employers to provide employees with cost savings on a pretax basis: Employer funds contributed to a qualified small-employer health reimbursement arrangement are excluded from the employee’s taxable income and can then be used to pay or reimburse employees for premiums for individual health insurance coverage, Medicare supplemental insurance for employers exempt from the Medicare secondary requirements or other medical expenses on a pretax basis.

It protects employers from hefty IRS penalties: Previously, the fine was $100 per day, per employee, if employers tried to make health insurance ore affordable by directly paying or reimbursing their employees for individual market health insurance premiums for major medical insurance or medical expenses.

Employers should know there are several restrictions. To qualify, the arrangement plans:

  • Must be paid directly by employers and cannot be paid by pretax salary reduction.
  • Cannot pay premiums for an employee covered by a family member’s pretax coverage.
  • Need to be offered to all non-excludable employees on the same terms and may only vary within limits based on the number of family individuals (e.g., single/family) covered and age of the employee and family members.
  • Cannot be offered if the employer offers any other group health insurance coverage.
  • Do not qualify as minimum essential coverage. Since employees must be enrolled in a plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage in order to qualify for tax-exempt treatment, the creation of an HRA alone does not qualify as minimum essential coverage.
  • Funds cannot be used to reimburse Aflac coverages.

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