Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

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HRA Questions and Answers

Any employee enrolled in Plan C or N may elect to have an HRA. Employees who are not eligible to contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA) because of one of the following reasons will need to elect the HRA option:

  • Medicare enrollment
  • TRICARE enrollment
  • Concurrent enrollment in another health plan not considered a High Deductible Health Plan
  • You are eligible to be claimed as a dependent under your parent’s tax return
  • You have dependent children between ages 23-26 (member may choose to enroll in either the HSA or an HRA in this situation)

Employees selecting Plans J or Q will also have an HRA for any HealthQuest Reward dollars they earn through completing eligible HealthQuest activities.

IMPORTANT - A Health Reimbursement Account is an employer-sponsored account that has similarities to both a Health Care Flexible Spending Account and a Health Savings Account. However, contributions are funded entirely by your employer - no employee contributions are permitted. The HRA is not portable and any remaining funds at the end of the year will not roll into the next plan year. Participants will have sixty (60) days from the end of a plan year (December 31st) to file any claims incurred during that plan year. Note:  The IRS requires that all transactions be validated, including any debit card transactions. Throughout the year, you should submit copies of your receipts and documentation for prescriptions and health-related expenses (including debit card transactions), in order to receive reimbursement from your account or to verify a claim made with your debit card.

Should you terminate coverage with the SEHP prior to the end of the plan year, you will have sixty (60) days from your last date on SEHP coverage to file any claims incurred while you were covered that plan year.

Register your HRA with Optum at in order to view account details.

Examples of medical expenses that you can spend your HRA funds for include:

  • Deductibles and Coinsurance
  • Dental, Drug and Vision expenses 
  • Over the Counter medications, such as aspirin, cold medicines, antacids and cough supplements if you have a prescription from your doctor

The HRA employer contribution frequency and amounts will be identical to that of the Health Savings Account. Optum will be the HRA administrator.

State of Kansas employees will be eligible to enroll in a Health Care FSA through NueSynergy in order to make pre-tax contributions to pay for eligible health expenses. Each account comes with a debit card to access funds.  Reimbursements may be made online, by fax or by mail.