Flex Spending Accounts Overview

INTRODUCTION

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows you to pay for eligible out-of-pocket medical and/or dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars (a savings of 15-40% depending on your tax bracket). Health care expenses can quickly add up; and dependent day care or elder care expenses can be even more expensive. An FSA lets you pay these expenses with pre-tax dollars.

This means that the money you set aside is not taxed, so you save money. Each year that you would like to participate in the FSAs, you must elect the amount you want to contribute to either or both of the FSAs.

Your contributions will be deducted from your paychecks and deposited into your FSA account(s). You may contribute up to $2,550 to the Health Care FSA and $5,000 ($2,500 if you are married and file your taxes separately) to the Dependent Care FSA.

How do I get reimbursed for eligible expenses?

Both accounts are administered by ConnectYourCare (CYC) and funds cannot be transferred from one FSA to another. When you have eligible medical, dental or vision expenses, you may pay for them using your CYCissued debit card, you can authorize CYC to pay the provider on your behalf or you can pay via another method and request reimbursement. If requested, you can document the expense by sending a copy of your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from CNIC, Kaiser, Delta Dental or VSP to CYC.

For eligible dependent care expenses (daycare, summer camp, etc.), you must pay your provider and then request reimbursement by submitting a receipt to CYC as documentation. You are unable to use the FSA debit card to pay for dependent care expenses. Be sure your receipt includes the following information: the date(s) of service, the expense amount and the name, address and tax identification number of the provider. Under the plan’s grace period, you may incur eligible expenses between January 1, 2017 and March 15, 2018. Claims must be submitted by March 31, 2018 or remaining funds will be forfeited. For additional questions on how to process claims, contact CYC at 877.292.4040.

What happens if I leave my job during the year?

If you leave the district during the calendar year, you may continue to submit requests for reimbursements as follows:

Health Care FSA: You may continue to submit reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred prior to termination. Coverage will end on your final date of employment unless you elect to continue participation on an after-tax basis through COBRA.

Dependent Care FSA: Coverage will end on your final date of employment but you may submit requests for eligible expenses incurred through the end of the calendar year (up to the balance in your account).

Health Care FSA

Eligible expenses for the Health Care FSA include medical, dental, and vision expenses not covered by health care plans, including (but not limited to):

  • Copays and deductibles
  • Hearing aids and exams
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Alcohol/drug rehabilitation
  • Ambulance/special transport
  • Vision exams, frames/ lenses
  • Dental exams, x-rays, fillings, caps, crowns and braces
  • Mental health care expenses

Dependent Care FSA

Eligible expenses include daycare expenses that allow you and your spouse to work or attend school on a full-time basis. Eligible dependents include children under the age of 13, dependents who are mentally or physically incapable of caring for themselves or day care expenses for an elderly parent who lives with you and is dependent on you for more than half of their financial support. If you are divorced and are a non-custodial parent, seek financial advice as to whether or not you can take advantage of a Dependent Care FSA.

 

NOTE: The dependent care tax credit may provide a greater tax break than the dependent care FSA for some employees; however, families with an income greater than $25,000 generally benefit by using the dependent care FSA.


2018 FSA Summary