This content in this section is meant to help employers learn about our FSA plans and includes helpful forms and resources necessary to support groups through onboarding, enrollment, and beyond.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an FSA and how does it work?
- An FSA is an employer-sponsored spending account that allows employees to set aside pretax earnings to pay for eligible health care or dependent care expenses. Pretax funds are deducted from each paycheck and automatically deposited into an FSA account. Employees decide how much to contribute, tax-free, for the year.
- What are the benefits of an FSA to employees?
- Pretax contributions lower taxable income, and reimbursements are made tax-free from the employee’s account. In addition, an employee has access to the entire elected amount on the first day of the plan year.
- What is the main difference between an FSA and an HSA?
- With both an HSA and a FSA, account holders make tax-deductible contributions. HSAs are individually owned while FSAs are owned by the employer.
You keep your HSA balance until you spend it and the account belongs to you even if you switch employers or retire. With an FSA, any money in the account at the end of the plan year is forfeited to your employer.
- Due to the COVID-19 relief bill signed in December 2020, employers have the option to allow all unused FSA funds to rollover from a 2020 plan into 2021 and from a 2021 plan into 2022. Employers also have the option to allow a 12-month grace period for 2020 and 2021 plans. Check with your employer to determine whether your plan allows either of these options.
Anyone can contribute to your HSA account. An FSA must be funded exclusively through employer contributions or employee pre-tax contributions.
- Is a debit card available?
- Yes. A Visa® debit card is available for eligible medical expenses, and can be used at the point of purchase or after care.
This card is issued by the Bancorp Bank, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and can be used for qualified expenses wherever Visa debit cards are accepted.
- How is an FSA funded?
- Employees make pretax contributions through automatic payroll deductions. Employers can also decide to contribute, up to a maximum amount.
- When is participant enrollment information due?
- Enrollment information is due to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont 30 days prior to your renewal effective date.