NFIB: Delaying Obamacare HRA Penalty Not a Solution

Date: February 18, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Eric Reller
202-314-2073 or [email protected]


NFIB: Delaying
Obamacare HRA Penalty Not a Solution

Businesses Need Permanent Protection from Catastrophic Penalties


WASHINGTON, D.C., February
18, 2015
— The National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB) today is reacting to the sudden announcement by the IRS that it
will delay penalties for businesses using
Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA’s) as a tax-free means to reimburse employees’
healthcare costs and health insurance premiums until July 1, 2015.

temporary delay serves as an important immediate step to protect small
businesses from costly penalties when trying to assist employees with the
purchase of health insurance,” said NFIB
Vice President of Public Policy Amanda Austin
. “However, another delay to
Obamacare does not fix the underlying problems – which the Administration is
conceding with these actions. We urge Congress to provide permanent relief from
catastrophic penalties associated with Health
Reimbursement Arrangements and to find a solution to rising health insurance
costs for small businesses.”

the NFIB Research Foundation, 14 percent of non-offering small employers utilize
reimbursement arrangements for employee healthcare – which would see significant
costs when the HRA delay ends July 1, 2015. NFIB supports choice and
flexibility when making healthcare decisions, which is severely limited by
penalizing HRA’s.



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