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    Flexible Spending

    Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to set aside funds into an account(s) and reimburse themselves for certain qualified expenses not covered by their medical, dental or vision plans. The amount that is set aside reduces current taxable income and increases spendable, take home pay.

    Eligibility

    Employees holding full-time or benefits eligible positions are eligible to participate in a Flexible Spending Account; Health Care, Dependent Care, and Parking. Initial enrollment takes place within the first 31 days of hire, and coverage normally begins the first of the month following the full-time or part-time hire date.

    Information coming soon on FBA Flexible Spending Accounts.

    Making Changes

    Changes may be made during open enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying event (change in status). Qualifying event examples include marriage, divorce, birth, family member loss of coverage and death. Once enrolled, payroll deductions will be in effect until the end of the year.

    EMPLOYEES MUST RE-ENROLL ANNUALLY DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE FLEXIBLE SPENDING PROGRAM.

    Cost

    Employees may contribute up to $2,700 annually (spread over 24 pay periods) to the Health Care FSA, up to $3,060 annually to the Parking/Transit FSA, and up to $5,000 annually to the Dependent Care FSA.  The IRS determines if an expense is qualified.

    What happens to my FSA if I leave or retire from the City? 

    IRS regulations allow employees to submit claims for reimbursement of expenses incurred prior to their separation or retirement date. Employees have until March 15 following the end of the plan year to submit claims for expenses incurred prior to separation or retirement.

    Under the provisions of the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985, or COBRA, you and your covered family members may choose to continue your FSA coverage after your coverage is scheduled to end. You have 60 days from the date of your COBRA election notice to elect to continue this benefit. If you do not respond within 60 days, your rights to continue coverage end.