1:58 PM EDT
John B. Larson, D-CT 1st

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Madam Speaker, I rise for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Chairman Frank to clarify the intent behind section 1076 in this bill. The section amends the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to create a new section 920 regarding interchange fees. Interchange revenues are a major source of funding for the administrative costs of prepaid cards used in connection with health care and employee benefits programs like FSAs, HSAs, HRAs and qualified transportation

accounts.

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These programs are lightly used by both the public and private sector employers and employees and are more expensive to operate because of substantiation than other regulatory requirements. Because of this, I would like to clarify that Congress does not wish to interfere with those arrangements in a way that could lead to higher fees being imposed by administrators to make up for lost revenue, which would directly raise health care costs and hurt consumers. This is clearly not something that

was the intent that we'd like to do. Therefore, I ask Chairman Frank to join me in clarifying that Congress intends that prepaid cards associated with these types of programs should be exempted within the language of section 920(a)(7)(A)Ð(ii)(II).