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ADA, Other Dental Groups Ask Congress to Lift Limit on FSA Contributions

May 25, 2016

The American Dental Association and nine other groups in the Organized Dentistry Coalition are asking Congress to lift the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) limit on individual contributions to flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

An FSA is a tax-free account funded through voluntary salary reduction agreements between employers and employees.  The ACA imposed a $2,500 annual cap on FSA contributions. In a written statement submitted for the record to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee last week, the coalition asked that lawmakers consider lifting the restrictions, arguing that "this restriction on consumer health care spending has been a major step back for consumers at a time when out-of-pocket costs for health care have never been higher."

Many dental procedures, even those ostensibly covered by insurance, often require out of-pocket-spending, making the FSA limit troublesome for dentistry, and unnecessarily costly for dental patients.

The statement is available online here.