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Employee Benefits Industry Organizes to Protect Flexible Spending Accounts From Elimination or Contribution Limits
Date:8/17/2009

Plan Participants Will Face Increased Taxes and Health Care Costs with Structural Change

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Flexible spending accounts (FSAs), a valuable employee benefit used by millions of Americans, are threatened as Congress considers eliminating or capping contributions to the tax-advantaged benefit in order to fund a small portion of health care reform. In response, the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the maintenance and expansion of private employee benefit programs on a tax-advantaged basis, has formed a national advocacy organization, Save Flexible Spending Plans (www.savemyflexplan.org), to encourage Congress to protect the benefit and the millions of plan participants threatened with higher taxes and health care costs.

"It would be disastrous if the millions of Americans who rely on flexible spending accounts to manage their health care costs become the unintended victims of health care reform," said Jody Dietel, spokesperson for Save Flexible Spending Plans and Compliance Officer at WageWorks, a benefits company based in San Mateo, California. "An elimination or cap on flexible spending accounts will force plan participants to pay higher taxes and incur higher health care costs at a time when many can least afford it. Sadly, a change to the structure of flexible spending accounts will disproportionately affect those who need the program the most - individuals and families battling chronic conditions that require ongoing care and medical supplies."

Save Flexible Spending Plans has already seen some success in their efforts to reach and educate members of Congress and their staffs on the issue. Beyond the participation of ECFC members in hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill, thousands of supporters have used online tools available through the campaign's Web site at '/>"/>

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