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Insurance FAQs Flexible Spending Account

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  • Starting in 2015, each flexible spending account has a minimum contribution of $100 per year.  The previous minimum contribution was $250. FSAFEDS has a minimum reimbursement threshold of $25.  If you file a claim for an eligible expense less than $25, FSAFEDS will process your claim and send you a statement, but you will not be reimbursed until you file another claim and your aggregate claims total at least $25.
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  • You can submit your claim online by logging into My Account Summary at www.FSAFEDS.com, clicking on My Claims, and selecting Online Claim Submission. You must upload an image of your supporting documentation in .TIF, .JPG, or .PDF format with your claim information.
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  • When you enroll in FSAFEDS, you can elect to have your family’s claims paid from a second health care flexible spending account once the first health care flexible spending accountis depleted.
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  • By law, annuitants (other than reemployed annuitants) cannot participate in any flexible spending account (FSA) programs, including FSAFEDS. FSAs are a way of setting aside pre-tax salary for reimbursement of eligible expenses. Annuitants receive annuities, which are not salary. The balances in your Health Care FSA (HCFSA), LEX HCFSA and Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA)  are treated differently if you separate or retire before the end of the calendar year. Your HCFSA or LEX HCFSA will terminate as of the date of your separation or retirement. There are no extensions. Any eligible health care expenses incurred prior to the date of separation will still be reimbursed but those incurred after the separation date are not reimbursable, even if you accelerated your allotments. Your DCFSA remaining balance can continue to be used to pay for eligible dependent care expenses until your account balance is depleted or the end of the calendar year, whichever comes first. Please note, in order to take advantage of the grace period for your DCFSA, you must be actively employed and making allotments through December 31 of the Benefit Period.
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  • No.  2014 health care FSA participants have a 2-1/2 month grace period from January 1, 2015 through March 15, 2015.  During this grace period, these participants can incur eligible health care expenses and be reimbursed from their 2014 balance.  This is the last year health care FSAs have a grace period. 2015 health care FSA participants will not have a grace period; instead, they will be able to carry over up to $500 of unspent funds from 2015 to 2016.
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  • The grace period is an additional 2 ½ months (running January 1 through March 15) during which you can incur eligible expenses that can be reimbursed from your prior year’s balance.  The grace period helps participants avoid forfeiting any of the funds deposited in their FSA account.  Dependent care accounts have a grace period every year.  The last grace period for health care accounts is January 1, 2015 through March 15, 2015.  
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  • Yes.  Like general expense health care FSAs, limited expense health care FSAs have a grace period from January 1, 2015 through March 15, 2015. During this grace period, you can incur eligible expenses for your type of health care FSA and be reimbursed from your 2014 balance. This is the last grace period for health care FSAs. If you enroll in a general expense or limited expense health care FSA for 2015, you will not have a grace period.  Instead, you will be able to carry over up to $500 of unspent funds into another health care account in 2016.
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  • Kaiser Permanente FEHB members must include both a Check-In Receipt and an After-Visit Summary per each medical service or office visit that is submitted for reimbursement to FSAFEDS:
    • A Check-In Receipt is the copayment receipt provided after checking-in for your visit.
    • An After-Visit Summary is a summary of your visit details given to you at the end of your office visit appointment (and accessible through your kp.org My Health Manager account).
    • NOTE for FEHB members in Northern and Southern California only: In lieu of an After-Visit Summary, you should submit a Patient Courtesy Bill along with your Check-In Receipt. You may request a Patient Courtesy Bill from your local patient business offices. Please contact California Member Services at 1-800-464-4000 for assistance.
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