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Q1 2015 Date of Publication: February 5, 2015
KNOWING THE FSA BASICS
Since flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are regulated by the IRS, it’s essential to know the rules on eligible expenses. That way, you can maximize your FSA dollars during the coverage period. Here’s the scoop:
Eligible Health FSA Expenses
Generally, these are expenses you pay out of pocket for health care for yourself, your spouse, or your eligible dependents. They tend to include items and services that are meant to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent illness or disease. This also includes transportation for medical care. Here are some examples:
•  Health care expenses: co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles
•  Dental expenses: exams, cleanings, X-rays, and braces
•  Vision expenses: exams, contact lenses and supplies, eyeglasses, and laser eye surgery
•  Professional services: physical therapy, chiropractor, and acupuncture
•  Prescription drugs and insulin
•  Over-the-counter health care items: bandages, pregnancy test kits, blood pressure monitors, etc.
However, expenses such as cosmetic surgery, insurance premiums, and items for general well-being (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc.) are not eligible expenses. Learn more …
Eligible Dependent Care FSA Expenses
These are expenses that you pay out of pocket for child care or elder day care of qualified individuals so you (and your spouse if you’re married) can work or look for work. Eligible expenses include:
•  Before- and after-school care
•  Day care, preschool, or nursery school
•  Au pair or nanny services (amounts paid for the actual care of the dependent)
•  Baby sitter (in or out of your home)
•  Summer day camp for your qualifying child under age 13
•  Elder day care expenses of a qualifying individual
Some ineligible expenses include tuition for kindergarten and above, day care field trips, and overnight camp. Learn more …
No Double-dipping
If your expenses have been reimbursed previously under your health or dependent care FSA, you can’t be reimbursed for them again under any other plan or program. You also can’t use the reimbursed expenses to claim any federal income tax deduction or credit.
Knowing these basics will help you make the most of your FSA funds. But don’t stop there. Check out your online account for additional resources and helpful information. Your online account is the best way to keep up with your FSA throughout the plan year.
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LESS STRESS IN 2015
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle? If so, you might want to reduce your stress. Too much stress may lead to a variety of health problems, like high blood pressure, asthma, ulcers, and more.
The American Heart Association suggests forming positive, healthy habits to reduce the negative effects of stress. Give these tips a try:
•  Talk with family and friends. When possible, share your feelings.
•  Engage in daily physical activity. It relieves mental and physical tension.
•  Embrace what you can change. We’re never too old to learn something new.
•  Laugh! Laughter makes us feel better.
•  Give up bad habits. Replace them with healthy ones.
•  Slow down. Plan ahead so you don’t have to rush.
•  Get enough sleep. Aim for six to eight hours each night.
•  Stay organized. Use to-do lists to stay focused.
•  Practice giving back. Helping others tends to lift our spirits.
•  Try not to worry. Put things in the right frame of mind.
This may also reduce your stress: Your health FSA dollars can help pay for eligible expenses like doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and even blood pressure monitors.
Source: American Heart Association
BENEFIT CARD CORNER
What if I’m asked for supporting documentation and I don’t have an itemized receipt?
If we send you a notice or a Real-time Alert asking for supporting documentation of an eligible expense and you can’t find your itemized receipt, request a copy from the provider (pharmacy, doctor, dentist, etc.). Most health plans also provide Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements on their websites.
Then, simply complete an online Return Form and upload your documentation through your online account. Or use our handy MyCONEXIS app. It’s the quickest way to clear up an unresolved card transaction. For Android devices, just search and download the free app by visiting the Google Play Store. For iOS devices, including the iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®, just look for it in the App StoreSM.
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