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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 221 : HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

Subchapter 001 : Quality, Resource Allocation, and Cost Containment

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 9417)
  • § 9417. Tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses; administration; rulemaking

    (a) As used in this section:

    (1) "Flexible spending account" or "FSA" has the same meaning as in 26 U.S.C. § 106(c)(2).

    (2) "Health reimbursement arrangement" or "HRA" means any account-based reimbursement arrangement funded solely by employer contributions that reimburses an employee, spouse, or dependents, or a combination thereof, for medical care expenses incurred by the employee, spouse, dependents, or a combination thereof, up to a maximum coverage amount set by the employer for a given coverage period, and that is established pursuant to 26 U.S.C. §§ 105-106 and applicable guidance from the Internal Revenue Service.

    (3) "Health savings account" or "HSA" has the same meaning as in 26 U.S.C. § 223(d)(1).

    (b) Any entity administering one or more HRAs, HSAs, FSAs, or similar tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses, or a combination of these, in this State is subject to the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation pursuant to 8 V.S.A. § 10 and all other applicable provisions.

    (c) The Commissioner of Financial Regulation shall adopt rules pursuant to 3 V.S.A. chapter 25 to license and regulate, to the extent permitted under federal law, entities administering or proposing to administer one or more HRAs, HSAs, FSAs, or similar tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses, or a combination of these, in this State. The rules shall include:

    (1) annual licensure or registration filing requirements; and

    (2) such requirements and qualifications for such entities as the Commissioner determines necessary to protect Vermont consumers and employers and to help ensure that funds are disbursed appropriately.

    (d) Following the adoption of rules pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, an entity making an initial application for a license or registration to administer HRAs, HSAs, FSAs, or similar tax-advantaged accounts for health-related expenses, or a combination of these, in this State shall pay to the Commissioner a nonrefundable fee of $600.00 for examining, investigating, and processing the application. Each such entity shall also pay a renewal fee of $600.00 on or before December 31 every three years following initial licensure.

    (e) This section shall not apply to an employer that self-administers one or more tax-advantaged accounts on behalf of its own employees. (Added 2019, No. 54, § 1.)