HSA Benefits Changed under “ObamaCare”
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are featured in the health insurance reform bill but I haven’t heard anyone mention yet. The new change will affect over 8 million plus people with HSAs so why isn’t it news? Effective January 1, 2011, taxpayers with HSAs no longer will be allow to use them to purchase over-the-counter medicines. This is according to Sec. 9003 of the Health Reform Act. Previously if you had an HSA and needed aspirin you could pay for it with your HSA account…meaning you got the aspirin tax free! But not anymore after the new year. This new restriction will also apply to individuals with Flexible Spending Account or Health Reimbursement Accounts.
Unfortunately you cannot include all the details of the health care reform in 4 minutes. We have watched this white house video over and over and there is no mention of changing HSA tax benefits.
Additionally 2011 will mark the first time HSA 20% penalties will be assessed for non-qualified withdrawals from your Health Savings Account. You can learn more about these penalties by checking out Sec. 9004 of the health care reform act.