Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

A Flexible Spending Account is an employee benefit that allows you to set aside money from your paycheck, pre-tax, to pay for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Unlike a Health Savings Account (HSA), an FSA is not administered by your health insurance. However, it can still help you save money on income taxes.

Effective July 1, 2020, current enrollees in the Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFES) have a 60-day limited period during which they can make a one-time increase or decrease to the amount of their annual FSA election. This applies to enrollees in the HCFSA, LEX HCFSA, or DCFSA programs. This limited period is effective through August 29, 2020.

If you wish to make a change to your Flexible Spending Account, please contact FSAFEDS at 877-372-3337 or visit www.FSAFEDS.com to log into your account, select QLE enrollment to begin the process, and select COVID-19 as the reason for the QLE enrollment.

You can enroll in an FSA if you are currently eligible for enrollment in a Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program.

There are three types of Flexible Spending Accounts:
Type of FSA Can help you pay for: Who can enroll: Maximum contribution:
Health Care FSA (HCFSA) Any eligible medical costs, like co-payments or prescriptions Anyone eligible for enrollment under the FEHB program, unless you have a High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) with a Health Savings Account (HSA) $2,750
Limited Expense Health Care Account FSA (LEX HCFSA) Any eligible dental and vision expenses Anyone eligible for enrollment under the FEHB program, even if you have a HDHP with a HSA $2,750
Dependent Care FSA (DCFSA) Any child or adult dependent care expenses Any NIH employee who is not temporary, seasonal, or intermittent $5,000 per household or $2,500 if married but filing separately

For questions regarding types of FSAs, use-or-lose limits, or how to enroll, see the FSAFEDS website. You can also call an FSAFEDS Benefits Counselor at 1-877-372-3337, (TTY: 1-800-952-0450), Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., EST.

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