Business Groups Urge Congress to Enact HSA Improvements

February 02, 2018

The HR Policy Association, as part of the National Coalition on Benefits, called on Congress to update the rules governing health saving accounts and consumer-directed health plans in the upcoming omnibus spending bill.  The letter called on Congress to take a number of steps to improve HSAs, including:
  • Ensuring that telehealth benefits or onsite medical or retail clinics do not inadvertently jeopardize the HSA contribution eligibility of enrollees;
  • Enabling high-deductible health plans to cover certain preventive health benefits such as inhalers for asthmatics and insulin before employees hit their deductible limit;
  • Enabling HSAs to be used for direct primary care arrangements; and 
  • Updating the definition of “dependent” that pertains to HSAs to include adult children who are not tax dependents and domestic partners.
Congress is considering adding a number of health care provisions to the omnibus spending bill that will keep the government open through September.  Improving HSAs and consumer-directed health plans may be the last employer-related health care reform that is enacted this year.