3What is a Flexible Spending Account? An account where you contribute money from salary BEFORE taxes are withheldA way to save money on day care and health care services and items for you and your familyKey Benefit: Pay Less Taxes - Save Money!
4FSAFEDS At-a-Glance 318,000+ FSAFEDS Participants 306,000+ Health Care FSA accounts$2, average annual HCFSA election90% of 2009 participants re-enrolled for 2010
6Health Care Reform & FSAFEDS The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and drugs (except insulin) are only eligible for reimbursement, when prescribed by a physician, effective January 1, 2011Change affects all FSA programs
7Health Care Reform (cont.) OTC expenses have not “gone away”Many OTC items, such as bandages, nasal strips and contact lens solutions are still eligible WITHOUT a prescriptionThose that require a prescription are STILL eligible for reimbursementThese include acne treatments, allergy and cold medicines and antacidsSee OTC Quick Reference Guide at for more information
8Health Care Reform (cont.) Claims for OTC drugs and medicines MUST be accompanied by a copy of a physician’s prescriptionOTC expenses incurred during the Grace Period (January 1 – March 15, 2011) follow the new guidelinesOTC expenses incurred in 2010, but not submitted until after January 1, 2011 (but before April 30) are not affectedPlan your 2011 election carefully if you normally include OTC expenses in your election
9Health Care Reform (cont.) Health care expenses for adult children, through the end of the calendar year in which they turn 26, are eligible for reimbursement through a HCFSAA child includes a son, daughter, stepchild, adopted child, eligible foster child or a child who is placed with the employee for legal adoptionIncludes adult children who are marriedDo not need to reside with participantDo not need to be financially dependent on the participantDoes not include spouses of adult dependents
10Federal Benefits Open Season November 8 – December 13, Enroll early to avoid the last minute rush!
11Contact Us www.FSAFEDS.com FSAFEDS-HR@shps.com TTY line:Benefits Counselors are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., ET