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End of Year Remaining Balances and Eligible Expenses

End of Year Remaining Balances and Eligible Expenses With the end of the plan year less than a month away for many pretax reimbursement plans such as flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) participants may be looking to confirm how they can spend their remaining balance to avoid the forfeiture of funds. […]

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Flexible Spending Account Grace Period vs. Rollover

Flexible Spending Account Grace Period vs. Rollover As the end of the plan year approaches for many flexible spending accounts (FSAs), there are two terms that participants in these benefits might start to hear more frequently: grace period and rollover. While they both relate to funds remaining at the end of the plan year, they […]

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When is a Health Flexible Spending Account an Excepted Benefit?

When is a Health Flexible Spending Account an Excepted Benefit? A health flexible spending account (FSA) is required to be an excepted benefit in order to be in compliance with many of the regulations enacted by healthcare reform. There are two conditions which must be met in order for a health FSA to be considered […]

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Change in Status Events for Health Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Daycare Accounts

Change in Status Events for Health Flexible Spending Accounts and Dependent Daycare Accounts Elections made for health flexible spending accounts (FSA) and dependent daycare accounts normally cannot be changed once the plan year has started. While elections generally cannot be changed, there are certain circumstances when the IRS has said exceptions can be made. The […]

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Terminated Employees and Flexible Spending Accounts

Terminated Employees and Flexible Spending Accounts It’s the middle of the plan year, and an employee who is enrolled in the company’s flexible spending account (FSA) decides they are going to leave and go work for another employer. When they are no longer an employee, what happens to the FSA? Once the person is no […]

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Dual Purpose Expenses and Notes of Medical Necessity

Dual Purpose Expenses and Notes of Medical Necessity Pretax spending accounts reimburse many expenses including co-pay, deductible and prescription expenses. These items are typically eligible with standard documentation and nothing additional is needed.  However, there are several expenses that are considered dual purpose, and require additional documentation in order to be reimbursed. Dual purpose expenses […]

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Flexible Spending Account Eligible Expenses and Summertime Must-Haves

Flexible Spending Account Eligible Expenses and Summertime Must-Haves As summer is about to begin, what better way to be prepared for the warmer weather than to stock up on items through your FSA that you’ll need for the summer months. Many participants may not be aware they are able to use their FSA to purchase […]

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What expenses can be reimbursed from a Health Flexible Spending Account?

What expenses can be reimbursed from a Health Flexible Spending Account? Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are a popular benefit offered by employers to help employees pay for out of pocket medical expenses. A very common question employers and employees may both have is what expenses can be reimbursed from the plan.  There are several […]

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The Top 4 To-Dos on an Employer’s New Plan Year Checklist

The Top 4 To-Dos on an Employer’s New Plan Year Checklist The new plan year is well under way for many employer offered benefits. This is a good time for employers to review their plans and ensure important details were not missed during the busy open-enrollment time period. Payroll Deductions – after the first payroll […]

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