Flexible Spending Accounts
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Pay for eligible medical, prescription, dental and vision expenses on a pre-tax basis :
Pay for Health and Dependent Care with Pre-tax Money
You can pay for eligible health care and dependent day care expenses with pre-tax money when you contribute to your FSA. When you enroll in the FSA, you choose an amount from each paycheck to contribute to your FSA. The money is deducted before taxes and when you use these funds for eligible expenses, you do so with pre-tax money and thus you save on taxes.

You must choose your amount carefully because you cannot change your FSA contribution outside of your initial new hire enrollment or Annual Enrollment unless you experience a qualified life event and you report it through MyHR within 30 days.

Unlike the Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) and Health Savings Account (HSA), the balance of your FSA does not roll over to next year and you forfeit any unused balance in your account. Your contributions must be used in the current year and you must file your reimbursement requests in a timely manner. Additionally, you must actively enroll in the FSA each year. If you are enrolled this year, you will not automatically be enrolled for next year.
If you enroll for the Health Care FSA, the eligible expense rules of the account vary depending on your Health Plan option.

 BLUE Plan Option (also eligible for an HRA)GREEN or ORANGE Plan Options (also eligible for an HSA)Waive Health Plan
Eligible ExpensesGeneral Purpose FSALimited Purpose FSAGeneral Purpose FSA
Deductible and coinsuranceHRA will pay first, then you can submit your out-of-pocket expense to your FSA No, cannot be reimbursed by FSA (HSA can reimburse these expenses)Yes, deductible and coinsurance from another plan (such as a spouse’s/domestic partner’s plan) can be reimbursed by FSA
Prescription drugs and prescribed over-the-counter medicationsHRA will pay first, then you can submit your out-of-pocket expense to your FSANo, cannot be reimbursed by FSA (HSA can reimburse these expenses)Yes, amounts not reimbursed under another plan can be reimbursed by FSA
Dental, LASIK surgery and vision hardwareYes, can be reimbursed by FSAYes, can be reimbursed by FSAYes, amounts not reimbursed under another plan can be reimbursed by FSA
Non-tax-qualified dependents, which includes domestic partners and children of domestic partners No, cannot be reimbursed by FSANo, cannot be reimbursed by FSANo, cannot be reimbursed by FSA

As the table above shows, when you enroll in the GREEN or ORANGE Plan option, the Health Care FSA is a Limited Purpose FSA and covers only eligible dental, LASIK surgery and vision hardware expenses. This is because the IRS considers a General Purpose FSA to be a non-high deductible health plan and it only allows HSAs to accompany high deductible health plans. If you want to participate in the Health Care FSA, your minimum annual contribution is $600. The 2019 maximum annual contribution is $2,650.

If you elect the BLUE Plan option and a Health Care FSA, your Health Care FSA will be a General Purpose FSA. Eligible health care expenses first will be paid automatically under the HRA. Eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses not paid by the HRA can be submitted to your FSA. It is important that you plan carefully because unused HRA balances will roll over from year to year; unused FSA balances are forfeited. The General Purpose FSA allows you to pay for eligible medical, prescription, dental and vision expenses that are not reimbursed from another source (e.g., a health or dental plan) on a pre-tax basis.
The Dependent Day Care FSA helps pay for dependent child(ren) (under age 13) or elder care expenses for your eligible dependents. To qualify, the dependent care must allow for you to work and, if you're married, allow your spouse/domestic partner to work (or look for work) or go to school full time at least five months per year.

If you participate in the Dependent Day Care FSA, your minimum annual contribution is $600. The maximum annual contribution is $5,000 (including any pre-tax contributions your spouse makes to a Dependent Day Care FSA through his/her employer). If you are married and file separate tax returns, the maximum annual contribution is $2,500.

If your 2018 W-2 earnings with Assurant are expected to reach $120,000 or more, please be aware that your election may be reduced early next year due to IRS regulations. The regulations limit contributions from employees earning over a certain threshold to ensure that they do not receive a disproportionate tax benefit. Consult with a tax adviser for more information.