Flexible Spending - Health Care Spending Account
Regular full-time or half-time employees are eligible to participate immediately upon hire or during Open Enrollment.
Use it or Lose it
You must use all the money in your accounts during the year in which you set money aside.
- Any money left in your accounts at the end of the plan year (June 30) must be used by September 15.
- Typically, eligible expenses are for services provided during the plan year. However, the two-month and 15-day grace period does apply.
- Last date a claim may be filed for the previous plan year is December 31.
You may contribute between $250 to $2,500* per year to your account to pay for un-reimbursed health, dental and vision care expenses for you and your eligible dependents. (For a detailed listing of eligible expenses click here.)
*As a result of recent federal health care reform legislation, the health care flexible spending account maximum will be reduced to $2,500 (from $4,000) for the plan year, beginning July 1, 2012.
- Eligible dependents include your spouse and anyone you can claim as a dependent on your federal tax return.
- Money in your health care spending account can be used for expenses not paid for by a health or dental plan and are considered tax deductible by the IRS as listed in Publication 502.
- To pay for eligible expenses, complete ConnectYourCare claim form and submit along with copies of the receipts or pay using the automated Visa debit card.
- Premiums for health and dental coverage are not eligible for reimbursement through the Health Care Flexible Spending Account.
Any money you set aside in the health care spending account and do not use between July 1, 2012 and September 15, 2013, you lose. (Claims accepted through December 31.)