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      Sen. Johanns Introduces Family Health Care Flexibility Act

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      Sen. Mike Johanns joined together with Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen to introduce the Family Health CareFlexibility Act.

      The Family Health Care Flexibility Act seeks to repeal restrictions paced on health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts that were put in place by the President'shealth care law. HSAsand FSAs are special spending accounts that allow individuals to set asidepre-tax dollars for their health care costs.

      A $2,500 FSA contribution cap went into effect this year to join with a previously installed provision that prohibits HSA and FSAparticipants from using their account dollars to purchase over the countermedicines without a prescription.

      Johannssaid, "These arbitrary and time-consuming changes are unwise and unfair tofamilies trying to make good choices. Requiring prescriptions for aspirin or adoctor's visit for hay-fever is not health care reform, it's governmentoverreach and interference."

      "Families with children who have special needs areamong those who rely heavily upon these accounts and they shouldn't bepunished," added Johanns. "It's time to restore these accounts and restore commonsense."

      Paulsen agreed, calling the restrictions an waste of time and money, as well as a burden for doctors and other health care professionals.

      Consponsors of this legislation say that the contribution caps are especially harmful to families who have children with special needs as they may have more money coming out of pocket for common uninsured health care costs such as over-the-counter medications or extra contact lenses.

      The legislation currently has 11 cosponsors in the Senate and35 in the House.

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