Reinsurance Fees To Hit Self-Funded Health Plans in 16 Months

As employers tackle health care reform’s cost and compliance issues, a new fee slated to apply to insurers and third-party administrators from 2014 to 2016 is raising concerns. The fee will fund a temporary reinsurance program to help stabilize insurance premiums against the impact of covering individuals with high claims costs. Some projections estimate that this fee could run from $60 to $100 per covered individual. However, many details needed for reliable estimates remain unknown.