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Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Stand-Alone HRA Plans
Date:4/23/2013

ave coped with rising costs by shifting more of the burden to their employees and their dependents.

Businesses want to provide quality health benefits for their valued employees. But for a small business, a traditional group health plan may not be cost effective for the employees or the business.

The Solution: Stand-Alone HRA Plans

According to Zane Benefits’ website, as a result, educated businesses are switching to stand-alone HRA Plans to offer flexible, cost-effective and sustainable employee health benefits. Stand-alone HRA Plans are also referred to as defined contribution health plans.

Rather than paying the costs to provide a specific group health plan, employers can fix their costs on a monthly basis by establishing a stand-alone HRA Plan. The general concept of a stand-alone HRA Plan is that a business would:

  • Cancel their group health insurance plan
  • Define any amount they can afford for health benefits
  • Use HRA Software to give each employee a fixed dollar amount to use on medical expenses
  • Employees purchase their own individual/family policies, and choose how to spend their healthcare allowance. And, the business selects any insurance professional to give employees a resource in selecting a plan.

A stand-alone HRA Plan is an affordable alternative to an employer-sponsored group health insurance plan. HRAs by themselves are not health insurance plans.

Stand-Alone HRA Plans & Employer Choice

According to Zane Benefits’ website, a stand-alone HRA Plan gives the small business complete control of the cost and design of the benefit, allowing a small business to meet their financial and health benefit goals. With a stand-alone HRA, the business decides:

  • Amount of HRA allowances, and the ability to design different allowance amounts by class of employee (ex: $250/month for managers and $1
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