Employer options for health insurance may expand with new rules on health reimbursement arrangements

JOHN BARKETT | November 29, 2018

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Late last month, the Trump Administration proposed regulations expanding health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The new rule will allow employers to set up HRAs that can reimburse employees for premiums on health insurance they purchase in the individual market. These regulations are likely to raise questions about employers’ choices of how to provide access to health insurance and elicit reactions about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and whether employers will stop offering employees health care coverage altogether.

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Article | April 12, 2021

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