Claim: Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements (ICHRAs) are an invention of the Trump administration intending to weaken the quality of benefits that employees receive from their employers.
Fact: ICHRAs are similar to the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRAs) enacted by Congress in 2016 in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote and signed into law by then-President Obama. The expanded rules permit employers to reimburse premiums for individual market coverage selected by employees.The coverage must comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ICHRAs and QSEHRAs are simply one method to provide employer-financed health coverage. This new option can increase the number of employees with ACA-compliant health coverage by providing employers with more options for offering health coverage benefits.