International Financial Law Prof Blog

Editor: William Byrnes
Texas A&M University
School of Law

Monday, October 12, 2015

Is the stand-alone HRA making a comeback?

Stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) have, in most cases, been a casualty of NU logothe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)— because they generally set limits on the maximum employer contribution, they typically can be found to violate the ACA’s ban on annual and lifetime coverage limits. The potential penalties are steep, and the rules for offering a compliant HRA are complex enough to dissuade many employers from making the effort. 

However, for some small business clients, this popular method for reimbursing employer healthcare expenses may be making a comeback — recent legislation has been introduced that could allow certain small business clients to continue using the stand-alone HRA, thus reviving a popular and tax-preferred method for offering health coverage to employees.

read Byrnes and Bloink's analysis Is the stand-alone HRA making a comeback?

October 12, 2015 in Financial Services | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Retirement: Pros and cons of fixed-index annuities

USA Today story 

“Fixed index annuities are the current flavor and will remain so while consumers perceive the market indexes potentially rising,” says William Byrnes, an associate dean at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.

Sales of FIAs rose 14% to $38.7 billion in 2013 and another 24% to $48 billion in 2014, or about 21% of all annuity sales .... read about the upsides, the downsides, and the costs at USA Today

August 17, 2015 in Financial Services | Permalink | Comments (0)