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Date:12/9/2012

a health reimbursement account.

What is GAP Health Insurance?

GAP, or "bridge" health insurance premiums are paid to cover portions of out of pocket medical expenses under a group health insurance plan. Typically, an employer may pay (or allow employees to pay) for GAP health insurance to supplement a high-deductible group health insurance plan.

Health Reimbursement Arrangements vs. GAP Health Insurance

Health reimbursement arrangements are notional arrangements; no funds are expensed until reimbursements are paid. Through health reimbursement arrangements, employers reimburse employees directly only after the employees incur approved medical expenses.

GAP health insurance is an insurance premium, or expense, that an employer or employee incurs regardless of actual medical utilization. The premiums are paid to cover expenses that may happen over time.

Why Businesses Prefer HRAs

(1) Businesses prefer HRAs to GAP health insurance for the following reasons:
(2) No premiums are paid to a health insurance carrier with an HRA
(3) Employers control all HRA reimbursements and plan design
(4) An HRA can cover more eligible expenses than GAP insurance - see HRA Eligible Medical and Insurance Expenses
(5) HRA expenses are based on actual utilization, and the business keeps unused funds
(6) Minimized administration hassle and employee confusion

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About Zane Benefits, Inc.
Zane Benefits, Inc, a software company, helps insurance brokers, accountants, and employers take advantage of new defined contribution health benefits and private exchanges via its proprietary SaaS online health benefits software. Zane Benefits does not sell insurance. Using Zan
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