Orthodontic services are usually provided over an extended period of time. The expenses for the entire period of treatment are sometimes required to be paid upfront — a single total payment at the beginning of the treatment period. Some orthodontists may also accept a substantial initial payment, followed by installment payments during the course of treatment.
Typically, health FSA and HRA expenses must be incurred during the plan year. However, for orthodontia it may be difficult to divide and match up specific services and dates that are related to the total fee since the treatment usually spans beyond the plan year. For these reasons, orthodontia expenses may be reimbursed using one of the following two methods.
You may be reimbursed upfront for all qualified expenses paid in the current plan year. Documentation must include the treatment start date, anticipated treatment end date, proof of payment, and a completed Request for Reimbursement Form. Find this form through your personal CONEXIS account at mybenefits.conexis.com.
If payment for orthodontia is made in full, the full contract amount, not to exceed your annual election, will be reimbursed. To receive reimbursement for the full contract amount:
|August 2011:||Payment for initial treatment (including banding expenses);
full contract amount paid at initial visit
|August 2011:||Participant submits reimbursement request to include treatment start date, anticipated treatment end date, proof of payment, and a completed Request for Reimbursement Form|
|Total Orthodontia Treatment Expenses Reimbursable in August 2011
(assuming sufficient account balance is available)
You may be reimbursed for the initial payment that is usually associated with banding fees. The treatment plan or itemized statement is required with the initial contract/banding reimbursement request. The documentation should include the amount of the initial down payment (usually associated with banding fees), the treatment start date, and anticipated treatment end date.
Thereafter, you may file a monthly reimbursement request for the monthly payment amount. For ongoing monthly reimbursement requests, submit an itemized statement or payment coupon from the provider and a signed Request for Reimbursement Form. Go to mybenefits.conexis.com and log in to your personal CONEXIS account to find this form.
|August 2011:||Payment for initial treatment (including banding expenses)||$500|
|August 2011:||August regular monthly expense||$125|
|Regular monthly expense, submission of $125 reimbursement request each month (4 months × $125); one separate Request for Reimbursement Form||$500|
|2012:||Regular monthly expenses; submission of $125 reimbursement request each month (12 months × $125); 12 separate reimbursement requests||$1,500|
|2013:||Regular monthly expenses; submission of $125 reimbursement request each month (7 months × $125); 7 separate reimbursement requests||$875|
|Total Orthodontia Treatment Expense||$3,500|