Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's) let you set aside a portion of your paycheck tax free to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses. Contributions are deducted from your paycheck prior to federal, state and social security taxes.  

There are two types of FSA accounts:  a Medical FSA and a Dependent Care FSA.  You can only use these accounts for the purposes that they are designated for and each account has a specific dollar limit.  Starting this open enrollment, the FSA benefit period will mirror the benefits year.  That means that the funds you set aside for this purpose can only be used for expenses incurred during the benefit year (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019).  

new logoMedical FSA - This benefit open enrollment period, the Town of Wellesley will match any Medical FSA contribution (up to $150 per individual plan and $450 per family plan)  for employees choosing a Benchmark plan.  

*Please note:  Medical FSA accounts cannot be used in conjunction with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP).  Employees choosing a HDHP can use an HSA to reimburse for medical and dental expenses.  

Individuals choosing a Benchmark plan will still be able to contribute a maximum of $2,650 to a Medical FSA on their own and will still be allowed to roll-over any unused funds up to a maximum of $500 into the new plan year starting on 7/1/2018.  A list of eligible reimburseable Medical FSA expenses can be found here.

Flexible Spending Open Enrollment Overview 
FSA Medical Claim Form

Dependent Care FSA - There are no changes to the Dependent Care FSA plan other than the open enrollment period changing from a calendar year to a benefits year.  Individuals can still contribute up to $5,000 pre-tax per household for dependent care needs.   As with previous plan years, there is no carryover for dependent care funds and Dependent Care FSA's can be used in conjunction with a HDHP.

FY19 Flexible Spending Enrollment Form
FSA Dependent Care Claim Form

Both the Medical and the Dependent Care FSA plans are administered by Cafeteria Plan Advisors.  Click here to view their website for more information.