Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Healthcare and Childcare Paperwork and Other Sexy Topics

I finished filling out a bunch of documentation to get reimbursements from our Flexible Spending Account for healthcare, and while I’m grateful we can set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for doctor’s co-pays, prescriptions, and other medical expenses, the paperwork is seriously annoying. I’ve given up on one bill that the Powers That Be have rejected a couple of times, even after I’d submitted additional information including the phone number of the doctor’s billing manager who promised to vouch for the expense.

Plus, don’t get me started on the FSA rules for dependent care. How come the maximum dollar amount you can set aside remains the same, regardless of how many children you have? Especially since the ceiling wouldn’t even cover a quarter of the amount of care that is needed for a single child anyway? Isn’t there some way of lessening the cost of raising the next generation of taxpayers?

This makes me think of an old quote from Silver Spoons (does anyone remember Ricky Schroeder from that show?): In one episode, the business fellow commented, “Ah children. I love children. So deductable!”

3 comments:

Leeanthro said...

I know...some things you have to submit paperwork and receipts for, some you don't.

I can use my EZ-reimburse card at Walgreens for medical supplies, OTC drugs, and prescriptions with no further documentation. But if I use the card to pay for a doctor visit, I have to fax in the receipt.

I don't get it.

Mayberry said...

I know. $2500 a year for child care -- it's a pittance!

Magpie said...

I so hear you on the Dependent Care FSA...sucks.