Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, employers can reimburse employees for individual policies in a compliant way. (Photo: iStock)

The 21st Century Cures Act, signed by President Barack Obama in December 2016, puts into statutory law that employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees can reimburse workers for individual health insurance through health reimbursement arrangements, or HRAs.

Many have written that clarifying this practice as compliant by statute is a huge “win” for small employers. It also happens to be a big win for local brokers in the technology war between them and the venture-backed, small employer HR technology firms focused on cutting them out.

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