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January 10, 2018

A somewhat overlooked provision in the 21st Century Cures Act allows some employers to offer a new kind of tax-preferred arrangement—qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs)—to their eligible employees. The ACA implementing agencies have now released guidance on QSEHRAs.

Notably, they clarify, QSEHRAs are not subject to the agencies’ prior guidance, which concluded that non-integrated HRAs violate various ACA requirements like the prohibition on annual dollar limits and provision of preventive services without cost-sharing.

So what are the benefits of QSEHRAs for eligible employees? And who can take advantage of them?

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