Flexible Spending Accounts
The County offers both a voluntary Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a voluntary Day Care/Dependent Care FSA administered through Navia Benefit Solutions that allow you to set aside money on a tax-free basis to pay for your out-of-pocket health care expenses and day care/dependent care expenses.
Health Care FSA
A Health Care FSA is a pre-tax benefit that enables you to set aside money to pay for your out-of-pocket health care expenses. During our open enrollment period, you’ll estimate your out-of-pocket expenses for the upcoming plan year. The amount you elect will be deducted out of each pay check on a pre-tax basis and put into your Health Care FSA. Since the FSA is pre-funded, you will have access to your full election amount and can use those pre-tax dollars in your FSA to pay for your eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Day Care/Dependent Care FSAA Day Care/Dependent Care FSA is a pre-tax benefit that enables you to set aside money to pay for your out-of-pocket day care or dependent care expenses. During our open enrollment period, you’ll estimate your out-of-pocket expenses for that plan year. The amount you elect will be deducted evenly out of each pay check on a pre-tax basis and put into your Day Care/Dependent Care FSA. You can use those pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible expenses.
New employees and newly eligible employees must enroll within 30 days from your date of hire, within 30 days from a qualifying change in status event, or during the annual open enrollment period.
- 2017 Open Enrollment: Complete the FSA Enrollment Form and return it to HR by March 1, 2017
- New Employees/Newly Eligible Employees: Complete the FSA Enrollment Form
- Paycheck Deductions: The FSA plan year runs April 1st through the following March 31st. If you enroll during Open Enrollment, there are 24 paycheck deductions taken during the plan year. If you are enrolling or changing your election mid-year due to a change in status, click here to see how many paychecks remain in the plan year.
Note: If you wish to renew or begin participation in a FSA, you must complete a new enrollment form for each subsequent plan year.
The dates of service for your eligible expenses must be during the plan year, which is April 1st through March 31st. Before each plan year begins, you will select the benefits you want to enroll in and how much of the contributions should go toward each benefit. It is very important that you make these choices carefully based on what you expect to spend on each covered benefit or expense during the plan year. All elections are considered irrevocable for the entire plan year unless there is a qualifying change in status. Refer to the Summary Plan Description for a list of qualifying change in status events.
Our FSA plans have 2 ½ month Grace Period after the end of the plan year, which gives you additional time to incur expenses. This means that you have until June 15th to incur expenses. All expenses incurred during the grace period will deduct out of the prior year’s arrangement and any remaining balance will then be applied to the current plan year. Grace Period expenses must be submitted manually and by the end of the claims run-out period.
Claims Run-Out Period
All claims must be submitted prior to the end of the claims run-out period, which is June 30th. Claims postmarked after this date cannot be accepted.
Use-it or Lose-it Rule
Money left in the plan after June 30th cannot be refunded to you; this is referred to as the Use-it or Lose-it rule.
Changes to Elections
Generally, you cannot change the elections you have made after the beginning of the plan year. However, if you experience a qualified change in status, you are allowed to make an election change that is consistent with the change in status.
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