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Flexible Spending Accounts

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This benefit is available to all regular full-time faculty and staff.

Authorized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-advantaged way to pay for certain medical and/or dependent care expenses. This added benefit allows you to pay for these expenses using pre-tax dollars. Therefore, your taxable income is lowered and may result in a higher take home pay.

There are two types of FSAs. First, the Health Care FSA helps you to pay for medically necessary expenses not covered or only partially covered by your health, dental, and/or vision insurance. Second, the Dependent Care FSA helps you to pay for certain dependent care expenses such as day care for a child (under age 13) or elderly adult. You may elect to participate in one or both of these accounts.

The minimum annual election for either (or both) accounts is $100. The maximum annual elections are $2,500 and $5,000 for the health care and dependent care accounts, respectively.

Specific limitations apply for both accounts. For more detailed information, refer to the plan document.

You can enroll in one or both accounts within 31 days of date of hire, within 31 days of a qualifying event (as defined in IRS regulations) as well as during the annual open enrollment. At the time of enrollment, you determine how much to contribute to each account. Please note that if you participate in both the Health Care FSA and the Dependent Care FSA, there will be two separate withholdings on your pay stub. These contributions will be deducted from your paycheck evenly over a calendar (taxable) year. You are encouraged to calculate reimbursable costs carefully. The University allows for a $500 (or less) carryover from one calendar year to the next.  Any funds in excess of $500 are forfeited.  This is an IRS regulation.

At the time of service, you have the following option for payment and/or reimbursement:

  • Debit card - you may provide your debit card at point of service to have the expense deducted directly from your FSA account. Be sure to maintain all receipts from debit card purchases in the event your account is audited. The debit card feature may be used in conjunction with both accounts.
  • Reimbursement - request reimbursement through the portal.  Use the online tool to submit a request and associated receipts to receive reimbursement via check or direct deposit.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to your HR Service Partner.

For additional information pertaining to Flexible Spending Accounts, including claim forms, please visit the forms page.

This page is designed to summarize the University of Hartford's Flexible Spending Account Plan(s). It is not intended to be all inclusive. Where there are differences between the provisions of this website and more specific statements contained in University files (such as plan documents), those statements shall control.