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ADA asks Congress to expand HSA, FSA flexibility

June 07, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The ADA is asking Congress to increase the limits of health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts with the hope that consumers will be more likely to use their tax-advantaged savings toward dental services. 

In a June 5 letter to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, ADA President Joseph P. Crowley and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin urged committee members to increase the flexibility of HSAs and FSAs and preserve the current tax exclusions for employer-provided medical and dental plans. The letter was sent in advance of the committee’s June 6 hearing, Lowering Costs and Expanding Access to Health Care through Consumer-Directed Health Plans.

They also asked the legislators to return the FSA limits to the pre-Affordable Care Act level of $5,000. Currently, FSA reimbursement for single coverage is limited to $2,650 for 2018.  

“The ADA believes the reduced amount is a step back for consumers when the cost of health care continues to increase and adversely impacts the patients’ choices for dental care,” wrote Drs. Crowley and O’Loughlin.

“The ADA applauds your continued efforts to improve our current tax system to make it better for providers and their patients,” concluded Drs. Crowley and O’Loughlin. “The Association looks forward to continuing to work with you and your staff to achieve HSA and FSA expansion.”

Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts at ADA.org/advocacy.