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Healthcare FSA

A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account is an account that employees may setup through their employer to save money on qualified health care expenses.

What is an FSA?

With an FSA also known as a Flexible Spending Account, you elect to have your annual contribution deducted from your check each pay period in equal installments throughout the year, until you reach the yearly maximum you have specified. The amount of your pay that goes into an FSA will not count as taxable income, so you will have immediate tax savings. FSA dollars can be used during the plan year to pay for qualified expenses and services. There are three types of Flexible Spending Accounts, these include:

  • A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account or health care FSA allows reimbursement of qualifying out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • A Limited Purpose FSA works with a qualified high deductible health plan (HDHP) and Health Savings Account (HSA). A limited FSA only allows reimbursement for vision, dental, and preventative care expenses.
  • A Dependent Care FSA allows reimbursement of dependent care expenses, (such as daycare) incurred by eligible dependents.

With all types of FSAs, you’ll receive access to a secure, easy-to-use web portal where you can track your account balance, view your claims history and submit requests for reimbursements.

An FSA is a great way to pay for expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Is a Healthcare FSA Right For You?

A Flex Spending Account for health care – or Healthcare FSA – could save you money if you or your family members:

  • Have out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles for medical, prescription, dental or vision plans
  • Have a health condition that requires the purchase of prescription medications on an ongoing basis
  • Wear glasses or contact lenses or are planning LASIK surgery
  • Need orthodontia care, such as braces, or have dental expenses not covered by your insurance
  • Regularly purchase over-the-counter items such as aspirin or ibuprofen, acid reducers, and/or feminine care products

Plan Ahead with a Healthcare FSA

Before you enroll, you must first decide how much you want to contribute to your account(s). This is called your annual election amount. You will want to spend some time estimating your anticipated eligible medical and dependent care expenses for the year, but know that you don’t have to worry about losing unused funds (up to $610, if your Employer allows, may be carried over to the next plan year).

Throughout the year, you’ll likely find yourself with expenses for yourself and your family that insurance won’t cover. By taking advantage of an FSA, you can actually reduce your taxable income and reduce your out-of-pocket expenses when you use your Flexible Spending Account to pay for the things you’d purchase anyway.

What Are Eligible Expenses in a Healthcare FSA?

Allowable healthcare expenses are those medical, dental and other healthcare costs which are generally deductible on Schedule ‘A’ of Form 1040, without regard to the exclusion of 10% of Adjusted Gross Income. An employee will be reimbursed up to the employer’s specified election amount.

We have this handy resource index of common items and whether they are FSA approved.

Healthcare FSA Resources

Visit our Resource Center for additional information on FSA’s including:

How The Harrison Group helps you with your FSA

  • Customer Service is our FOCUS – Your employees will need to devote a little bit of time paying for these out of pocket expenses and/or submitting claims for their flexible spending accounts. Recent studies show that only 44% of employees fully comprehend their benefits. It is critical to select an FSA administrator who not only answers the phone but also assists employees when they have questions. We offer considerable resources to provide both onsite and online education for your employees.
  • A Partner with Proven Expertise – With over 30 years of experience in the industry, our clients have come to rely on us to partner with them and their health insurance broker to provide the necessary education and benefits plan consultation.
  • Concierge Customization – One size does not fit all.  We offer customized solutions to meet your specific objectives regardless of your size or demographics.
  • Technological Advances – We offer the latest in industry-leading technology to our clients including a web and mobile application for accurate claims submission.  We also offer online education for employers and their employees.
  • Convenience – One card, one app and one online account login for all benefits. Plus fast payment processing and claim tracking

If you have questions, please give us a call or contact us online.  We will be happy to assist you.

Resource Center

Learn how to maximize your Harrison Group benefit accounts. Check out Eligible Expenses, Browse FAQs, View Videos, FSA Calculators, and more!