Pre-tax health savings accounts, included in the new Medicare reform law, can be used to pay for traditional preventive care such as immunizations, physicals, smoking cessation and obesity weight-loss programs before account holders have met deductibles in high-deductible health plans, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The department also said individuals who receive prescription drug benefits through their main health plan may not contribute to an HSA before meeting their plan's deductible. However, individuals who receive drug benefits through a separate plan or through a rider can contribute to an HSA before 2006, the department said. -- by Tony Fong
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