Transamerica expanded its workplace-focused benefit solutions with the Oct. 20 introduction of Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Accounts (ICHRAs).
This new solution allows employers to contribute toward premiums and other expenses paid by employees for individual primary medical insurance.
In announcing the new offering, Baltimore-based Transamerica noted there are many benefits with ICHRAs. For employers, an ICHRA provides a tax-advantaged platform to provide contributions without the administrative burden of providing medical insurance through their organization. For employees, advantages include choosing the medical coverage that best fits their situation and having more control over their health benefits budget.
Also, if the plan allows, employees can make additional pre-tax contributions.
“The percentage of people with employer-provided health insurance coverage remained at less than 60% in 2019, according to a report published by the United States Census Bureau in September 2020. Even so, private health insurance coverage was more prevalent than public coverage,” said Kent Callahan, CEO of Transamerica Workplace Solutions. “Transamerica is uniquely positioned to add ICHRAs to our existing menu of workplace-centered offerings. We believe this solution will be particularly appealing to employers wanting to give employees autonomy while providing employer-paid contributions toward costs.”
Eligible reimbursable expenses may be customized by the employer to include:
- health insurance policy premiums
- dental services
- vision expenses
- prescription drugs
- over-the-counter medications
- doctor visits or medical procedures
With Transamerica, customers will encounter a simplified experience when submitting and paying for claims, the company says. Options include paying expenses through a Transamerica-issued debit card or submitting receipts for reimbursement through Transamerica’s website. The website also provides the customer’s current balance and any pending claims.
To learn more about Transamerica’s new ICHRA solution, contact Transamerica directly at 888-401-5826 or visit www.transamerica.com.