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Flexible Spending Account

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Participating in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) offers you a unique way to pay for some of your health care and dependent care expenses by reducing your base salary without paying income taxes on that amount.

  • If you elect to participate in an FSA, you can't change or cancel your election until the next Annual Enrollment unless you have a family status change.
  • You may elect to participate in an FSA as a new hire, during Annual Enrollment or due to a family status change consistent with enrollment.
  • Claims incurred during the year (Jan 1 - Dec 31) must be submitted no later than March 31st the following year.
  • Calculate your potential savings 

There are two Flexible Spending Accounts to choose from and you may be able to utilize the benefits from both.

Health Care Spending Account

A Health Care Spending Account allows you to set aside up to $2,750 of pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction to help pay for out of pocket medical expenses. These expenses may include – co-pays, deductibles, glasses, orthodontics, etc. In which a portion of or all of the expense is not covered by insurance.
 

Dependent Care Spending Account

A Dependent Care Spending Account allows you to set aside up to $5,000 pre-tax dollars per family, or up to $2,500 if you are married filing separately, through payroll deduction to help pay for eligible dependent child day care or disabled care expenses.
 

Health Care Expenses Eligible for Reimbursement

There are many health, vision, and dental expenses that you pay yourself for you, your spouse, or dependents which are eligible for reimbursement through the Manatee YourChoice account.

Qualifying expenses are health care expenses incurred during the Plan Year which are considered tax deductible by the IRS, such as:

  • Routine physical exams;
  • Deductibles and co-payments not paid by insurance;
  • Amounts in excess of insurance coverage (e.g., orthodontia);
  • Routine eye exams, prescription glasses or contact lenses; and
  • Hearing exams and hearing aids.

Dependent Care Expenses Eligible for Reimbursement

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to use the Manatee YourChoice Dependent Care Spending Account to reimburse your out-of-pocket expenses for the care of:
 
  • Your child(ren) under age 13, whom you claim as a dependent for tax purposes; or
  • Spouse and dependents of any age (who normally spend at least eight hours in your home each day if the services are rendered outside the home) who are mentally or physically disabled.
These expenses include charges for such things as:
 
  • Day care facilities for children, before and after school care, preschool, etc.
  • Licensed day care centers for disabled dependents
  • To view a full list of eligible expenses, click here.