Members of the Senate voted 47-48 Thursday against permitting consumers to use health savings account assets to pay for individual high-deductible health insurance policies.
Senators were voting on an effort to add an HSA premium amendment to the Senate’s version of H.R. 2, the minimum wage increase bill, rather than on a stand-alone HSA bill.
Many Senate Democrats have been trying to ease passage of the minimum wage increase bill by opposing efforts to expand the bill by adding tax cut provisions or other provisions.
The version of H.R. 2 that came out of the Senate Finance Committee already includes a package of tax cuts, along with provisions that could sharply restrict use of non-qualified deferred compensation plans.
Senators blocked Thursday several other suggested additions to the bill by voting to kill some amendments, then immediately approving “sense of the Senate” resolutions supporting the intent of the authors of the amendments.