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U.S. House Bill Would Allow Exemption from Certain Group Health Plan Requirements for Small Businesses

On June 25, 2015, U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced H.R. 2911, the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act. This bill will:

  • Ensure that small businesses and local municipalities with fewer than 50 employees are allowed to continue using pre-tax dollars to give employees a defined contribution for healthcare expenses;
  • Allow employees to use HRA funds to purchase health coverage on the individual market, as well as for qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses if the employee has qualified health coverage;
  • Protect employers from being financially penalized for providing this cost-sharing option to employees.

H.R. 2911 is currently before the U.S. House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce. To see the full text of the bill, please click here.


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