Employer reimbursements of individual health insurance policies
Abstract: For plan years beginning after 2013, the Affordable Care Act institutes so-called market reform provisions that place a whole host of new restrictions on group health plans. With a limited exception, these provisions significantly restrict an employer’s ability to reimburse employees for premiums paid on individual health insurance policies, referred to as employer payment arrangements. This article explains the new restrictions on these arrangements and what employers who still have them should do. It also looks at acceptable alternatives.