February 22, 2017
Small businesses—including churches and related ministries—can once again pay premiums for their employees’ health insurance. Previously known as an Employer Payment Plan (EPP) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), these arrangements violated the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, due to a recently passed law, ministries that are not part of a group health plan now have another option to help employees with health care costs.
21st Century Cures Act
The 21st Century Cures Act went into effect at the end of 2016. It includes a provision known as the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA). QSEHRA allows eligible employers to pay or reimburse eligible employees for medical care expenses (see who qualifies, below). The tax-free benefit includes insurance premiums and eligible out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Evaluate your ministry’s health insurance—deadline to act is March 13, 2017.
Which ministries are eligible?
With the passage of QSEHRA, ministries may once again find reimbursement plans preferable to offering a group insurance plan. However, the new law does have a few new restrictions. To be eligible to offer a QSEHRA plan to employees, your ministry:
Visit the MinistryWorks® by Brotherhood Mutual website to learn more about the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement. The website article provides information concerning:
MinistryWorks by Brotherhood Mutual is a payroll and tax filing service, focused on the needs of churches and ministries.
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