Question: I own a small business and have a health insurance plan for myself and 6 employees. Most of us have elected high deductible insurance coverage - over $1000 deductible. If I choose to reimburse the employees for their health insurance deductible, what would be the best way to do it?
Answer:To do it right you will want to create a Health Reimbursement Arrangement or HRA. If you reimburse employee out-of-pocket medical expenses without a proper HRA in place, you’ll be reimbursing with after tax-dollars. The HRA makes the reimbursements tax deductible to the business and pre-tax for the employee.