Major Upgrade to Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for 2011 Consumer-Directed Health Plans

Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine offer simplified, automated tools for brokers and agents

Oct 06, 2010, 14:27 ET from BB&T Corporation

GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine (SHDR) is rolling out a major enhancement to its consumer-directed health plan administration services.  The new offerings enable brokers and agents to offer customized plans that simplify and automate the administration and management of Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for plans. The enhancements will go into effect January 1, 2011.  

Employers can "stack" or combine HRA plans with other accounts such as Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and access the accounts through a shared SHDR Benefit Access Card. In addition, employers can automate which account is accessed first for claims. Plan rules and parameters are managed automatically during claim adjudication or settlement to ensure that HRA plans are administered to each employer's specifications.

"These enhancements create easy-to-use and easy-to-administer tools for brokers, agents and employers. Our enhancements will facilitate value-added services and processes on behalf of employers and plan participants," said Phillip Floyd, President.  "We continue to assess industry-wide needs and provide timely, user-friendly and cost-effective solutions for consumer-directed health plans."

The new HRA capabilities automate and enforce rules for a variety of HRA plan designs including:

  • Upfront deductibles
  • Mid-tier deductibles (donut hole plans)
  • Up to four levels of plan payout percentages
  • Payout % by claim expense type
  • Individual and family plan characteristics
  • Co-pay amounts by procedure type
  • Embedded deductibles and embedded benefits

About Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine

Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BB&T, is an employee benefits consulting firm that develops employee benefit solutions user-friendly, cost-effective strategies.

SHDR provides a wide range of products and services, including HRAs, FSA, Health Savings Accounts (HSA), healthcare/dependent care, COBRA administration services, Transportation Spending Accounts (TSA) and Premium Billing Arrangements.

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