How it works

The RRA is a cost-effective alternative to group retiree medical plans. Retirees most commonly use RRAs for reimbursement of Medicare premiums, but they can use their RRA to pay for expenses under Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code, if the employer allows for it. All employer contributions to RRAs that follow IRS rules are 100% tax deductible to the employer and tax-free to the retiree.

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Employer set-up

The employer sets aside funds for the RRA and determines how much employees can use each year in retirement until it’s exhausted.

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Rollover at retirement

If the employer also offers an HRA, and at retirement employees with an HRA have money remaining, the employer may let employees roll over that amount into their RRA.

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Retiree uses benefit

Retired employees can use their RRA to pay Medicare premiums and other medical expenses. If the annual amount isn’t used, the employer may let retirees roll over the balance.