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Ceridian Benefits Services has hired a Washington law firm to help it and other benefits firms lobby on behalf of health care flexible savings accounts.

The Senate Finance Committee is considering proposals to finance health reform and lower the budget deficit by capping the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health coverage, and it also is looking at the idea of capping or eliminating the FSA tax break.

Ceridian Benefits, St. Petersburg, Fla., a benefits administration unit of Ceridian Corp., Minneapolis, says it will be working with client firms to tell members of the Senate Finance Committee about the value of the FSA program.

If lawmakers must change the FSA program, then they should create a separate, more generous cap than the cap they impose on employer-sponsored health benefits, Ceridian says.