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Union Joins Fight To Save FSAs

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is teaming with benefits vendors to keep health reform efforts from hurting the flexible spending account program.

The Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, Washington, which represents both service providers and employers, has set up a Save Flexible Spending Plans advocacy campaign.

The UFCW, Washington, is one of the campaign partners, organizers say.

The campaign is running ads explaining FSA supporters’ concerns in publications such as the The Hill, Politico and Roll Call.

One of the campaign’s targets is a provision, included in some of the health bill proposals circulating in Congress, that could cap the annual deduction for FSA contributions at $2,500, without indexing the $2,500 limit for inflation.

The cap could quickly erode the value of having an FSA account, FSA program supporters say.