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Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedApril 9th, 2019
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While workers should be able to take leave from their jobs for births, adoptions, or family members’ illness, paid family leave shouldn’t rely on new taxes or federal mandates that burden employers. Since families already use health savings accounts (HSAs) to save for healthcare expenses, it makes sense to broaden access to HSAs and allow funds to be used as a saving mechanism for paid leave.
Health savings accounts (HSAs), while useful for middle- and higher-income earners, aren’t particularly useful for lower-income earners (who are also the most likely to not have paid family leave policies at their employers) as they have less money to save in an HSA. The federal government should fund a paid leave program of its own instead of broadening the uses of HSAs.