Monmouth University offers eligible full-time employees participation in the Flexible Spending Program for healthcare and/or dependent care. Employees may choose to defer a portion of their salary on a pre-tax basis to cover certain health-related expenses or to cover the cost of eligible dependent care.
Both types of Flexible Spending Accounts are governed by IRS regulations. The plan year for the Flexible Spending Account is January 1 through December 31. Eligible expenses must be incurred while actively employed during the plan year, and no later than March 15 of the following calendar year if still actively employed (the plan “grace period”). Eligible expenses must be submitted for reimbursement no later than March 30. Please review the Summary Plan Document for full details regarding plan benefits.
Effective January 1, 2019, administration of the flexible spending account will move to Discovery Benefits. Those enrolled for 2019 will receive a new debit card which can be now be used for dependent care expenses as well as eligible medical, dental, vision and prescription expenses. The debit card can be used as a credit card where Visa credit cards are an accepted form of payment. On the Discovery Benefits website you can access information about your account as well as check eligible expenses allowed under the Flexible Spending plan
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Important Information Regarding Over-the-Counter (OTC) Reimbursements
Over-the-counter medication and/or health related purchases are only reimbursable in specific instances. It is important to refer to the Summary Plan Document to find out which expenses might be eligible.
IRS guidance related to this new provision indicates that a distribution from a Healthcare FSA for a medicine or drug is a tax-free qualified medical expense only if (1) the medicine or drug requires a prescription, (2) is an over-the-counter medicine or drug and the individual obtains a prescription, or (3) is insulin. These rules do not apply to OTC items that are not medicines or drugs including but not limited to equipment (such as crutches), supplies (such as bandages) and diagnostic devices (such as blood sugar test kits).
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