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IRS Releases Excepted Benefit HRA Limit for 2025

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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The IRS has announced the inflation-adjusted limit for excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangements (EBHRAs) for plan years starting on or after January 1, 2025.

For the 2025 plan years, the maximum annual employer contribution to an EBHRA will increase to $2,150 (up from $2,100) for the 2024 plan years.


  • EHBRAs are a type of employer-funded account that can be used to supplement an employer’s traditional group health plan coverage.
  • EBHRAs are subject to an annual contribution limit, which is adjusted for inflation each year.
  • The IRS recently announced that the annual contribution limit for plan years beginning in 2025 is $2,150.

Excepted Benefit HRAs

An EBHRA is a relatively new type of employer-funded health care account that reimburses employees for their eligible medical expenses on a tax-free basis. Employers can use EBHRAs to supplement their traditional group health plan coverage and help employees with their out-of-pocket medical expenses, including deductible, copayment and coinsurance amounts.

Employers of all sizes may offer EBHRAs. Although an employer must offer a traditional group health plan, employees are not required to enroll in the employer’s group coverage (or any other type of coverage) to be eligible for the EBHRA.

As an excepted benefit, an EBHRA is not subject to the same compliance requirements that apply to traditional HRAs. For example, EBHRAs are not subject to the Affordable Care Act’s market reforms or HIPAA’s portability rules. However, the EBHRA must be made available on the same terms to all similarly situated employees, without regard to health factors. Also, an EBHRA cannot be used to reimburse premiums for individual health insurance coverage, group health coverage (other than COBRA coverage or other group continuation coverage) or Medicare coverage.

Like other types of HRAs, EBHRAs are subject to ERISA unless an exception applies. This means that Form 5500 may be required, and participants should receive a summary plan description of the EBHRA and its benefits. EBHRAs are also subject to HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements and the nondiscrimination rules for self-insured health plans.

Annual Contribution Limit

Only employers can contribute to HRAs, including EBHRAs. EBHRAs are subject to a maximum amount that may be made newly available for the plan year. This maximum amount is adjusted annually for inflation. These adjusted limits are as follows:

  • For plan years beginning in 2024, the contribution limit is $2,100.
  • For plan years beginning in 2025, the contribution limit is $2,150.

This limit applies to each eligible employee, regardless of whether they have single or family health coverage. While an EBHRA may reimburse a spouse’s or dependent’s eligible medical expenses, the limit is not higher for employees with family members.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.