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FAH Comments on Proposed Rule Expanding Use of HRAs

December 21, 2018 | FAH Policy Blog Team

Category: Financing

Today, the FAH commented on the Administration’s proposal to expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).  Under the proposal, employers would be allowed to reimburse their employees through the use of a HRA for purchase of individual coverage.

In its letter, the FAH noted its support for actions that would help more employers offer and contribute to comprehensive health coverage for their employees; increase health coverage among the U.S. population overall; and increase the viability, stability, and sustainability of coverage in the individual market for insurance.

FAH also noted the importance of understanding the impact the proposed policies may have on the important and robust employer sponsored insurance market and cautioned the Departments to ensure that any final policy does not create incentives to draw individuals out of the medium- and large- group employer markets for insurance.

The FAH’s comment letter can be viewed here