Four Things Every FSA Participant Should know

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Welcome, Flexible Spending Account Participants!  As an FSA plan holder, you can save significant dollars on IRS approved expenses.  As you begin or continue to use your account more, here are four things every FSA participant should know.


OTC Expenses are Eligible


Under the passage of the CARES Act in March of 2020, the IRS rolled back a years-long rule that prohibited over-the-counter (OTC) items for reimbursement from pre-tax accounts unless you had a physician’s note or a prescription.  Now, pre-tax account holders can use their plan to purchase OTC medications right at the point-of-service.  This means any Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) member can get even more out of their plan by saving money on common OTC expenses.

Another key part of this act also allows feminine care products to be eligible for reimbursement.  Tampons, pads and other fem care products can be purchased with your FSA or HSA too.


Health FSA Carry Forward Increases (for some plans)


Also passed under the CARES Act is the increase in the maximum carry forward limit.  If your FSA plan has the carry forward provision, that means you can roll over unused Health FSA funds into the next plan year, with the maximum carry forward amount determined annually by the IRS.  The amount is indexed annually, so the maximum carry forward limit will change in years to come.  For 2024, the maximum amount permitted to roll over into the next plan year is is $640.

Please note: the increase is not mandatory, and some employers may choose to cap the maximum rollover amount to a different limit.  Check with your HR or benefits department to see your specific plan rules.


Health FSA Contribution Limit Changes


The maximum contribution limit is indexed annually and is subject to change in future years.  For 2024, the maximum election amount increased by $150 to $3,200.


Resources for FSA Participants


Whether you’re a legacy account holder, or signing up for the first time, there are many tools available to you to make managing your plan – and your funds – easier than ever.  Check them out below.

P&A Mobile App

How to Log Into Your Account

Browse thousands of pre-approved eligible expenses at FSA Store

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