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Legislative News

Mileage for eligible medical visits increases to $.235 per mile

Effective July 1, 2011, and until further notice by the IRS, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck for eligible medical visits is $.235 per mile. This rate has increased four cents from $.19 per mile. The mileage rate for travel that has occurred between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011 will remain at $.19 per mile. The cost of fares for buses, taxis, trains and subways will continue to be reimbursable for the full amount.

Announcing 2012 HSA & HSA-compatible Health Plan Limits

The limits for Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions and maximum out-of-pocket charges allowed for HSA-compatible health plans will increase for the 2012 calendar year. Below are the new limits for 2012.

2012 HSA contribution limits

Individual: $3,100
Family: $6,250

2012 maximum out-of-pocket amounts

Individual: $6,060
Family: $12,100
To view a chart comparison of the 2011 and 2012 calendar year limits, click here.

Tuition Assistance Tax Break Extended Through 2012

The House approved a two-year extension of Section 127 of the U.S. tax code, employer-provided tuition assistance, which allows an employee to exclude from income up to $5,250 a year in employer-provided tuition assistance for undergraduate and graduate-level courses. This tax break was set to expire on December 31, 2010. The president is expected to sign the tax deal into law before the holidays.

Dependent Age Limit Increases to Age 26 for Health Coverage

Due to the Affordable Care Act, employers now have the option to extend Healthcare FSA coverage for an employees’ “adult” child to age 26 without being claimed as a tax-dependent. To learn how this change may impact you, click on the link below.
Legislative Update – Dependent Coverage

IRS Re-sets Transit Limit for 2012 and Increases Parking Limit

Beginning January 1, 2012, the monthly pre-tax contribution limit for transit expenses is being decreased from $230/month to $125.00/month while the monthly pre-tax parking limit is being increased from $230.00/month to $240.00/month. The Federal Stimulus package, known as ARRA, which allowed a monthly pre-tax maximum of $230.00/month for the transit benefit will expire on December 31, 2011.

Legislation Impacts Over-the-counter (OTC) Items on January 1, 2011

The latest health care reform bills, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were signed into law in March, 2010 by President Obama. This new legislation impacts how OTC medicines and drugs are treated with respect to your healthcare savings or flexible spending account beginning January 1, 2011. Specifically, OTC drugs and medicines will be considered ineligible beginning January 1, 2011 unless you have a prescription from your physician. To understand how this legislation might impact you, an educational video as well as printable coummunications are provided below.

2011 OTC Legislative Changes (video)

Legislative Update - OTC Products FAQs

Important Information for Your Upcoming FSA Enrollment

Merchants Accepting Your PayFlex Card®

Check to see where you can use your PayFlex Card via the links below.

Listing of merchants with an IRS-approved IIAS

Listing of drug stores and pharmacies