This is something the Bush Administration never was willing to even consider
The Obama administration loosened rules governing health-care savings accounts known as flexible-spending arrangements, or FSAs, allowing consumers to roll over as much as $500 in unused funds each year. (WSJ)
This means the accounts will partially function just like Health Saving Accounts. Employers potentially will be able to put up to $500 in an account for every employee and let that integrate with an overall health plan with none of the restrictions that hamper HSAs.
This is 35 million people, in addition to the 30 or so million that already have an HSA or HRA.
But why only $500? Why not the full amount? $2,500 is the new allowable contribution.