The Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Institute created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was funded by a temporary fee on health plans. While insurance companies typically take care of reporting and paying this fee for insured plans, an employer with a health reimbursement arrangement or a self-funded health plan is responsible to report and pay this fee each year by July 31 on IRS Form 720.
The fee started out at $1 per employee per year, then increased to $2 the second year, and then has indexed incrementally each year since. The IRS has announced in Notice 22-04 that the next indexing amount is $2.79. This essentially means by Monday, August 1, 2022 (since July 31 falls on a weekend):
- Plan years ending during the first three quarters of 2021 will pay $2.66 per employee, and
- Plan years ending during the fourth quarter of 2021 will pay $2.79 per employee.
It can be a bit confusing how the fee is based on plan year end date (rather than start date) and is not pro-rated for short plan years. So we provide a chart below to help employers identify the fee and due date for a typical 12-month plan year based on plan year start date.
We provide a more comprehensive overview of how to calculate your PCOR fee each June, a little closer to the July 31 due date. But please let your IMA Benefits team know if you have any questions.
|Self-Funded Plan Year Ends||For a typical 12-month plan, Self-Funded Plan Year Began||
||Due to IRS on Form 720 by|
|1/1/20 – 9/30/20||Non-CY Feb through Oct 2019||$2.54||Mon 8/2/21|
|10/1/20 – 12/31/20||Nov’19, Dec’19, or Jan’20||$2.66||Mon 8/2/21|
|1/1/21 – 9/30/21||Non-CY Feb through Oct 2020||$2.66||Mon 8/1/22|
|10/1/21 – 12/31/21||Nov’20, Dec’20, or Jan’21||$2.79||Mon 8/1/22|
|1/1/22 – 9/30/22||Non-CY Feb through Oct 2021||$2.79||Mon 7/31/23|
Written by: KC Rippstein
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