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Flexible Spending is a tax savings opportunity by paying health premiums and out-of-pocket health and child care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Eligibility

Regular faculty or staff members working 50% FTE or more are eligible to participate in three flex plans: Health Insurance Premium, Health Care Spending, Child Care Spending (described below).


Enrollment Period

Eligible employees may enroll within 31 days after their date of hire, during the annual open enrollment in November and/or within 31 days after a family status change. You must re-enroll each year to continue your participation in this plan. Continued participation is not automatic.


Effective Date

Effective January 1, 2020, benefits eligible rehires and new hires will become eligible for coverage on their date of hire. Also, changes to benefit coverage due to a life event or job change into a benefits-eligible role will also be effective as of the date of the event for all employees. Changes made during the annual Open Enrollment period in November are effective January 1 of the subsequent year.


Benefits

  • Health Insurance Premium: The employee’s monthly premium for the university-sponsored health plan is automatically deducted from employee’s gross wages thus reducing their taxable earnings.
  • Health Care Spending: Employees may elect to pay their out-of-pocket health care expenses with pre-tax dollars up to $2750 per calendar year.
  • Dependent Care Spending: Employees may elect to pay their out-of-pocket child care expenses with pre-tax dollars up to $5000 per calendar year.

Important Dates

Normally any funds contributed during a calendar year may be used for qualified expenses incurred during that calendar year through March 15 of the following year while enrolled in the FSA and employed at Washington University. Claims for reimbursement must be submitted by April 30 of the year following the year the amounts were contributed. For example, amounts contributed in 2022 can be used for qualified expenses incurred while enrolled in 2022 through March 15, 2023 and claims must be submitted by April 30, 2023.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, special rules apply for amounts contributed in 2020 and 2021 as follows:

Any funds contributed during 2020 may be used for qualified expenses incurred January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021, while enrolled in the FSA and employed at Washington University. Any money left in your 2020 account on December 31, 2021 may be reimbursed by submitting receipts for eligible expenses no later than April 30, 2022. Any money left in your account and not claimed by April 30, 2022, will be forfeited.

Any funds contributed during 2021 may be used for qualified expenses incurred January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022, while enrolled in the FSA and employed at Washington University. Any money left in your 2021 account on December 31, 2022 may be reimbursed by submitting receipts for eligible expenses no later than April 30, 2023. Any money left in your account and not claimed by April 30, 2023, will be forfeited.


Filing Claims with ConnectYourCare

All health care and child care spending account claims are to be filed directly with ConnectYourCare. ConnectYourCare offers convenient ways to submit claims: