Scary that the IRS gets to decide what is considered 'preventive care.'
It was reported in the New York Times today that breastfeeding supplies will still not be eligible purchases under flexible spending accounts.
To make matters worse, a whole host of more esoteric things will be covered–like the replacement of natural grass with astroturf as a way to alleviate the suffering of allergic folk. Oh, yes, and zit cream is considered a more worthy expense as well.
Uhm, I would like to suggest that this new disclaimer should be included in the fine print in those annoying tv and print ads:
Abbot Laboratories, the makers of Similac infant Formula, have announced a voluntary recall of about 5 million containers of their powder formula. The reason? Brace yourself.
You know how people always make those dumb cracks about kids who eat bugs getting extra protein?
Pieces of beetles and beetle larvae were found both in the formula and in the plant that produces the formula. Ewwwww.
According the the FDA, there should be "no immediate health risk" to babies who have consumed this formula, but could experience symptoms of "gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract."