Your ICHRA plan runs on a calendar year, which means that each Fall is the time to start thinking about renewing your plan! This mean that each calendar year you get a chance to reset your plan design for your employees (if you want to).

When do I need to renew my HRA?

All existing HRA administrators will need to let us know by September 15th what changes, if any, they want to make to their plans for 2022.

We know, that sounds early.

But here's the deal: ICHRA guidance says that you have to provide your employees with a 90-day notice before each new plan year. That means that 90 days before January 1, 2022, they should be notified of their benefits for next year. We will generate your 2022 Employee Notice for you and provide it to your employees.

90 days from January 1st is October 3rd, and we will need a few days to generate documents for your employees in time, so September 15th is the ideal final day for you to let us know.

Don't worry, if you need to make some changes in October, we can still help you.

So, why does the guidance require a 90-day notice?

Open Enrollment begins November 1st, so giving your employees a little bit of notice helps them prepare to shop for their 2022 individual plans.

Wait, I just started my HRA mid-year. How does that work with the upcoming renewal?

HRA plan years run on a calendar year to follow the individual health insurance market. So even if you started your HRA in August 2021, it will renew on January 1, 2022 (at the same time individual plans will renew). You'll still want to let us know how you want to design your plan for 2022 and let your employees know about Open Enrollment coming up (don't worry - we'll send lots of reminders!). On a positive note, this allows employees a second chance to make changes to their health plan, if needed, for 2022!

What do I need to think about when planning for my 2022 ICHRA?

If your plan is working for you this year, then you can keep it all exactly the same! We know 2021 has been, well, unprecedented. So if you've had some big changes to your staff, your budget, or your needs this year, you may want to switch it up!

Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you want to change your ICHRA allowances?

  • Do you need to make adjustments to your Employee Class Design? Or do you need to add or remove a class?

  • Do you want to start or stop reimbursement for medical expenses, in addition to monthly premiums?

  • Do you want to add or remove an eligibility wait period for new hires, which determines how long they must be employed before receiving the benefit?

  • Do you want to offer SMART benefits?

I'm an ALE. Do I need to re-run Affordability?

If you are an ALE (this means you have more than 50 full time employees), and you want everything to stay the same, we would still recommend letting us run a new affordability analysis for 2022 since the affordability threshold percentage is changing, your employees are now one year older, and their wages may have changed. While we don’t expect big changes, all of these factors can affect your required reimbursement rate. Don’t worry--we will run your numbers on our end to make sure you stay compliant and will follow up with our recommendations

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So, how do I tell you what I want?

Starting in September, you'll be able to check a few boxes through your Administrator Member Portal to make your 2022 selections.

Help! I need to talk some things out.

That's what we're here for! Use the chat function in the bottom right corner of your screen to talk with our Client Success team, and we'd be happy to help you think through what's best for you and your team.

Still not sure where to start? Check out our Admin Resource Center for more resources and support.

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