Bill Would Expand HSAs & FSAs

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2013 to strengthen and expand health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending arrangements (FSAs). Companion legislation was introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.).

Hatch, whose Committee has jurisdiction over health care policy said, “Over the years, these plans have grown in popularity, and it’s well past time Congress act to improve them. Streamlining these popular health care products…will provide millions of families, workers, and retirees the opportunity to put away tax-free savings to pay for their personal medical costs. It’s smart policy to increase access to quality and affordable health care for consumers at an affordable price and I hope to see this bill enacted into law.”

The legislation would do the following:
• Allow a husband and wife to make catch-up contributions to the same HSA.
• Remove the onerous new restrictions on the use of HSA and FSA dollars for the purchase of over-the-counter drugs.
• Clarify the use of prescription drugs as preventive care that will not be subject to an HSA-eligible plan deductible.
• Reauthorize the use of Medicaid health opportunity accounts.
• Promote wellness by expanding the definition of qualified medical expenses to encourage more exercise and better nutrition.
• Allow seniors enrolled in Medicare Part A to continue contributing to their HSAs.
• Allow for the purchase of low-premium health insurance and long-term care insurance with HSA dollars.

Last Updated 11/25/2020

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