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National Association for the Self-Employed to Attend Today’s White House Rose Garden Ceremony on New HRA Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 14, 2019

CONTACT: Brad Luna, LUNA+EISENLA media | 202-812-8140 (mobile)

Nation’s Leading Self-Employed and Micro-Business Advocate Has Championed Greater HRA Flexibility for Small Businesses 

DALLAS, TX – This afternoon at 3:30 pm (ET), Katie Vlietstra, Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, has been invited to attend a White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing an expansion of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) granting greater flexibility and allowing employers to assist employees in using HRA’s to pay for health insurance coverage.

NASE has been a major supporter of today’s HRA expansion and has advocated on the issue for several years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and subsequent guidance in 2013 restricting HRA use by small employers.

“Health Reimbursement Arrangements are a critically important tool for small businesses and the self-employed to obtain access to affordable health care coverage,” said Katie Vlietstra, NASE’s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs.  “Since many self-employed and micro-businesses obtain health care in the individual market, HRAs can oftentimes make the difference in an entrepreneurs ability to purchase health insurance coverage.”

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The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, offering a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy.

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