Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? We do, and we love it. Every year, my employer lets us set aside up to $5k in pre-tax dollars to pay for healthcare expenses that aren’t covered by insurance. This includes co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, orthodontia, vision care, etc.
Well… The Senate Finance Committee has just approved healthcare legislation that would dramatically reduce the value of this perk. More specifically, they’re talking about instituting a $2500 annual cap on FSA contributions that would not be indexed to inflation. As things currently stand, FSA contribution limits are determined by individual employers.
What do you think?
Is this a big deal, or much ado about nothing? My view is that, while standardizing the contribution limits across employers isn’t all that egregious, $2500 is on the low side, and I hate it when Congress fails to index these sorts of things to inflation.