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ICHRA plan documents: Legal Agreement, Plan Summary, Employee Notice

Looking for ICHRA plan documents? We've got the scoop. Read on for details on the legal agreement, Plan Summary, and Employee Notice that are essential for your ICHRA plan documents. 

ICHRA plan documents you'll need

When administering an Individual Coverage HRA (ICHRA for short), you luckily don't have too much paperwork to worry about. Bringing on an ICHRA administration partner like Take Command will save you a lot of time, hassle and headaches. Here's what you need for ICHRA plan documents.

→ Check out our ICHRA plan document template!

Legal Agreement

The legal agreement establishes the ICHRA for the employer.

The legal agreement should include:

  1. Named fiduciaries and plan administrators and their responsibilities
  2. Eligibility requirements for the ICHRA
  3. Effective dates of participation
  4. Description of benefits provided and excluded
  5. How the ICHRA is funded and how it makes payments
  6. Claims procedures
  7. HIPAA privacy officers and rules relating to the use of protected health information (PHI)
  8. Information on federal mandates
  9. The procedure for amending the plan
  10. The procedure for plan termination

Plan Summary

Employees must be provided a written notice in the form of a Plan Summary. The Plan Summary is a condensed, user friendly explanation (psst: go easy on the legal-ease!) of the ICHRA benefit and how it works. This is a great place to include information on the different classes of benefits and a helpful link to the Take Command platform if employees need help choosing the most affordable plan based on their unique needs, doctors, prescriptions, etc. Giving employees as many resources up front will ease the transition, especially if they are shopping on the individual market for the first time.

Wondering how our platform might work for you? Ask us.

ICHRA Employee Notice

Since the Individual Coverage HRA requires employees to purchase insurance for themselves (as opposed to picking a tier option from an employer sponsored group health plan), the employee notice is designed to guide employees in the process of purchasing health insurance from the marketplace which can be confusing if they haven't done so before. Individual Coverage HRAs must provide a 90 day notice to eligible employees regarding the ICHRA and its interaction with premium tax credits and of the qualifying 60 day Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that is activated when an employee gains access to ICHRA. 

Note: There are special provisions about employee notices during COVID 19. 

The ICHRA Employee Notice will need to include the following information:

  1. Permitted benefit amount per employee & ICHRA start date for employee.
  2. An opt-out provision for the employee.
  3. An explanation of potentially utilizing an advanced premium tax credit (APTC) if the employee opts out of ICHRA and the ICHRA allowance is deemed unaffordable.
  4. An explanation of what happens with the premium tax credit if the employee chooses to participate in ICHRA program. 
  5. The employee will need to inform the health insurance Exchange of ICHRA if they apply for an APTC.
  6. A statement that ICHRA is not QSEHRA. 
  7. Contact Information for employees to get help regarding their ICHRA. 
  8. Statement that new access to ICHRA qualifies employees and dependents for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to purchase insurance from the Exchange for 60 days. 

Check out our post on the 90 day notice for the individual coverage HRA for more information. 

How Can Take Command Help?

Does this sound confusing, expensive or both? Don't worry. We are here to make your life easier. With our ICHRA administration tool, set up is (almost) a walk in the park. We handle all the accounting and legal legwork, take care of on-boarding each of your employees (or clients), and make tax time easy and painless.

→ Here's more info on the ICHRA notice requirement.

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