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HRA card The new rules would allow employers to reimburse premiums for individual health insurance coverage through HRAs if the several specific conditions are satisfied. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Beginning in 2020, employers will have a new tax-preferred option for providing individual health insurance coverage to employees—the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA).

Under prior law, employers could not reimburse employees for individual health insurance premiums via the tax-preferred HRA structure because HRAs were deemed to fail certain prohibitions imposed by the ACA. However, upon direction from the Trump administration, the DOL, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury developed a new set of rules to expand employer options for providing coverage via HRAs.

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