02.17.11

Burr Bill Provides Access to Flexible Spending Accounts to Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced S. 387, a bill that will allow military servicemembers to participate in the federal Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program. Currently, civilian federal employees, including civilians who work for the Department of Defense, are permitted to enroll in the FSA program, but active duty military personnel are excluded from enrollment. Senator Burr joined his Military Family Caucus co-chair, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in introducing this bill.

"America's military men and women and their families make great sacrifices on behalf of our nation, and they deserve the best services we can offer them," Senator Burr said. "Flexible spending accounts would be an important tool in empowering our service members and their families to stretch their health care dollars even further and better meet their individual health care needs, and there is no reason military personnel shouldn't have access to the same benefits as their civilian counterparts."

Giving military servicemen and women and their families the ability to enroll in flexible spending accounts allows them to set aside a portion of their pre-tax income to cover out-of-pocket child care and health care expenses.Circumstances unique to service members such as deployments and changes in duty station will be accounted for under this legislation.