Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow benefited county employees to set aside money, tax free, that can be used to pay for certain eligible expenses. Frederick County Government offers: a Health Care FSA and a Dependent Care FSA as well as a Limited Purpose FSA.
The Health Care FSA can be used to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care expenses for employees and their eligible dependents. The Dependent Care FSA can be used to pay for day care expenses for eligible dependents. The Limited Purpose FSA is only for dental and vision expenses if you participate in the High Deductible Health Plan. The IRS determines which expenses are eligible and which are not. This benefit plan runs on a calendar year (January 1 - December 31).
For calendar year 2019 the contributions limits are:
Health Care and Limited Purpose FSA: $2,500
Dependent Care FSA: $5,000
New employees can enroll in the FSA plan within their first 30 days of employment. Other employees can enroll during open enrollment, which usually occurs in November each year. All enrollments expire at the end of each calendar year. During open enrollment, all benefited employees must decide if they want to participate in the FSA plan for the upcoming calendar year.
Under IRS regulations, employees are now able to rollover up to $500 from one plan year into the next. This will allow participants an additional 12 months to spend the remaining balance. Funds that are rolled over will not affect election amounts for the new plan year. This applies only to Medical and Limited Purpose FSAs, not Dependent Care.