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Mark Atwood
I'm sitting here by a fax machine, redialing ManlyServ, my employer's MSA processor. When I got here to send these faxes, another coworker was here doing the same thing, with no luck, and he left in disgust. But my first one went right thru, so I called him back, and after mine went, he sent his, and now I have another one to send, and now *I'm* the one hung up. It's feeding now, but I think it's double feeding some pages... well, I'm going to send a copy in the snailmail as well.

MSAs are farking stupid anyway. Should just make all medical expenses completely deductable, with no minimums or maximums, alongside the standard deduction, instead of this damnstupid "guess a number, get it deducted from your paycheck, and then either reclaim it or lose it at the end of the plan year".

Of course, much of the blame is mine, for literally waiting till the last day (and on the end of a long weekend, no less), to get my paperwork in.
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broken_gizmo From: broken_gizmo Date: June 1st, 2004 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
AOL has done something kind of cool. For our Flexible Spending Account, we -- as everyone else who offers this -- declare how much we want to go into the account for the year, and it gets deducted per paycheck, etc. But, what's really cool is that, instead of "pay for things, file for reimbursement", we get a debit card for the account. It can only be used to pay for medical expenses (apparently, every credit card vendor identifies as a class of business, and the card only works at vendors that identify as medical; for instance, the card works at the pharmacy at my grocery store, but not at my grocery store in general). I've used it to pay for co-pays, prescriptions, new eyeglasses, and dental work. Very cool, really, and works anywhere where MasterCard is accepted.
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