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Flexible Spending Accounts

You must must file for 2017 claims by 3/30/2018

Please note, due to healthcare reform, the 2018 maximum for healthcare & limited flexible spending accounts will be $2,650.00

The vendor for flexible spending is Benefit Strategies. You will enroll (or re-enroll if you wish to continue the benefit in 2018) online through Workday. 

Online & Mobile Access Instructions (For when participants are enrolled)
Brochure with Eligible Expenses
Claim Form

Note: If you are a faculty member or 10 month Staff, you are paid over 20 pays. Twelve month staff members have 26 pays.


Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s)

  • Debit cards will be issued to all health care FSA participants.
  • If you had a FSA in the past, no new card will be issued. You should use the card you received previously. If you have lost your card, a new card can be ordered through Benefit Strategies for a small administrative fee.
  • The maximum contribution for the health care reimbursement account for 2018 is $2,650 and $5,000 for the dependent child care account (married filing jointly).
  • You may enroll in a health care FSA even if you are not enrolled in a health insurance plan through the College.
  • FSA claims must be incurred by December 31, 2017. Claims can be submitted for reimbursement through March 31, 2018. The $500 carryover rule is still in effect for 2018 health care participants who have monies remaining.
  • Please enroll through the Workday portal.
  • Elections under the FSA’s are made on an annual tax year basis and enrollment must be renewed each year. Elections for 2018 must be made in Workday by 11:59 p.m. November 20, 2017. An election made for 2017 will not automatically continue in 2018.

Debit Card – Things you need to know!

The Spending Account Care is provided so you can conveniently pay for eligible health care expenses with spending account funds at the time you receive care or incur qualified expenses. You will still have the option to submit paper reimbursement requests to the Claims Processing Center. 

Because your FSA funds are pre-tax, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that the Spending Account card be used only at the providers and retailers who provide “health care” services and products. Once you activate and sign your card, you can immediately use it for eligible health care expenses. If prompted to select debit or credit, always choose “credit”. There is no PIN assigned to the card. Be sure to pay for non-eligible items separately. Your card can be used at the following locations:

  • Medical providers, such as doctors’ offices or hospitals;
  • Dental providers, such as dentists or orthodontists;
  • Vision providers, such as optometrists or ophthalmologists;
  • Grocery stores, discount stores and pharmacies that have an inventory information approval system (IIAS). An IIAS allows the retailer to validate the item being purchased as an eligible expense at the point-of-sale. You card will be charged only for the amount eligible under your plan.
  • SAVE ALL RECEIPTS!  The IRS requires only eligible health-related expenses to be purchased with your card so, it is important to save all receipts and documentation. The FSA vendor will notify you if your card usage requires validation with a receipt.

 

Limited Use Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • A limited use FSA for vision and dental expenses will be available to those participants in the CIGNA Choice Fund (HSA).
  • Participants may utilize the HSA funds to pay for vision and dental expenses as well.
  • The limited use FSA offers the capability to maximize savings by allowing up to an additional $2,650 in pre-tax contributions.

 

Transit and Parking Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s)

  • Transportation and Parking FSA's max limits will increase to $260 each.
  • Qualified Transportation Account: Qualifying expenses include mass transit costs incurred for commuting to work, including rail, train, bus or ferry. Van pooling expenses may qualify provided the van is primarily used as a commuting vehicle, and has seating capacity for at least six adults in addition to the driver.
  • Qualified Parking Account: Qualifying expenses include costs incurred for parking on or near the business premises of the employer or on or near a location from which the employee commutes to work by mass transit. You may not use this account for College parking.
  • You may enroll in the Transportation/Parking FSA by completing and submitting an enrollment form at least 15 days prior to the beginning of the month in which you intend to begin participation.
  • All transit reimbursements must be made by filing paper claims with receipts. Benefit Strategies does not have an estimated time yet as to when the debit card will work at WMATA kiosks. We apologize for the inconvenience. 


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