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HRA for Medicare Premiums

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Question: Can an HRA reimburse employees for Medicare premiums?

Answer: Yes. In 2002, the IRS issued Notice 2002-45 and Revenue Ruling 2002-41 that opened the door for employers to legitimately reimburse non-group health insurance premiums to their employees as a tax-free fringe benefit. When an HRA is combined with non-group health insurance, including MediCare, the HRA can reimburse the employees’ premiums. The HRA and high deductible individual health insurance combination is absolutely the cheapest health plan available today.

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