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Five Things You Didn't Know About the FSA Medical Bill

Flexible Spending Medical Account (FSA) saves you money. He sends the selected amount of your income before taxes to a savings account for further payment of medical services. This account suggests some advantages that you most likely did not know about. Writes about it Grow.

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If you missed open registration, you can still register

As a new employee, you have 30 days from your hiring date to register with the FSA, says Gina Etienne, a certified accountant and member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission.

Even if you missed the registration deadline, you may still be allowed to make changes. May be authorized on the basis of "annulment of marriage, death of spouse, and birth and adoption," says Steve Neeleman, founder and vice chairman of HealthEquity's trustee.

“In terms of qualifying activities, employers can allow their employees to either change the amount they contribute to their FSA or start or stop depositing funds with the FSA,” he says.

“One thing people don't always know is that they can immediately use 100% of the annual amount,” said Etienne. “This is because the IRS requires employers to provide the full amount you have chosen to contribute for the year — at any time during the coverage period, even if you have not actually paid the full amount yet.”

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In other words, even if you invest a little money from each salary during the year, you can still spend it as soon as you need it.

But there is a downside: “If you leave your job, you will lose your insurance,” says Neeleman.

If you have not used your entire FSA within one calendar year, you may have options: a grace period during which you can spend the money of the previous year, or you can roll over some funds for use over the next year.

You can get more than you expect

Many people think that insurance only gives cough medicine and the like. You can also get acquainted with the products of companies, for example, a bracelet against peanut allergies, a pillow to facilitate night reflux, and a light therapy system for treating acne.

For certain FSA eligible items or services, a prescription may be required.

But the FSA covers a whole category of drugs where a prescription is not needed. But you will need it to get a refund through the FSA.

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