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Obamacare raised the cost of your kidsí braces
marketwatch.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Jonnelle Marte

Posted on 12/12/2013 6:56:37 AM PST by grundle

Here’s something your orthodontist is not smiling about: a new tax rule raised the cost of braces this year.

Thanks to a change from the Affordable Care Act that places an annual $2,500 contribution cap on flexible spending accounts, which let workers set aside pre-tax dollars to cover medical expenses, some consumers may be spending more on braces, expensive eyewear and other medical supplies they would typically buy with the accounts. Before the new rule, there was no official cap on how much taxpayers could stash into the account, though many companies typically set their own limits of $5,000. For a person in the 25% tax bracket, the cap cuts the maximum tax break in half to $625 from $1,250.

For families who relied on the accounts to help them cover the costs of pricey medical services like braces, the cap indirectly raises their costs, says Gayle Glenn, president of the American Association of Orthodontists, which along with some other medical groups is calling for the cap to be eliminated. About 65% of the roughly 17,000 orthodontists surveyed by the association in 2009 said their patients used FSAs to pay for treatment. And with the cost of braces ranging from $5,000 to $7,000, many families likely max out their FSA contributions to pay for them, says Glenn, whose association recently circulated a letter for orthodontists to publish in their local newspapers, encouraging people to write to Congress to challenge the cap. “We want people to be aware,” says Glenn.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: obamacare

1 posted on 12/12/2013 6:56:37 AM PST by grundle
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To: grundle

Pelosi was right.

The ‘Rats had to hurry up and make it law before Americans could find out what was in it.


2 posted on 12/12/2013 6:58:27 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: grundle

And that one took effect this past year.

It basically raised our taxes on our health care.

The rest we must do post tax $$$.

There is a trck to pull as early in the year there is an overlap between the two periods (January to March) so careful planning it could be 2 X the max.


3 posted on 12/12/2013 6:59:53 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: grundle

The in-bred elite won’t like this.


4 posted on 12/12/2013 7:03:59 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: grundle

why would Obamacare cover braces?


5 posted on 12/12/2013 7:14:27 AM PST by babble-on
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To: grundle

Not to mention Lasik eye procedures.


6 posted on 12/12/2013 7:24:50 AM PST by glorgau
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To: grundle
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7 posted on 12/12/2013 7:47:14 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: grundle

In many cases (not all) orthodontic braces are really not necessary. It has gotten to the point where it’s near mandatory for high school kids to have braces. It’s my view, it’s becoming scam.


8 posted on 12/12/2013 7:50:49 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Obadiah

No problem. Just have your kids sell Mistletoe to pay for them.


9 posted on 12/12/2013 8:47:17 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: grundle; All
I told people here on FR that they would be effected. I told the Ortho about this and his and her staff, 2 or 3 years ago and it ran off their back like water of a duck, fools IMHO.... I know what it does to us, the FSA was a G-D send, it is easy to use up the 5k with Ortho and other co-pays, Chiropractor not covered etc. It is a win win for Oeam Tbama, you get less to put away and you can't take advantage of that evil Bush tax cut, because that's were the $2500 increase came from. and they get more revenue...

Who gets hurt the worse is parents of Special Needs Kids who maxed this out, way above the 5K limit if they could to help keep their kids healthy and sometimes alive.

10 posted on 12/12/2013 8:55:28 AM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: massgopguy

LOL. Yeah, I got two who need to do this.


11 posted on 12/12/2013 9:47:27 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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