The CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account is a voluntary benefit for eligible employees that offers significant tax advantages and could increase an employee's take home pay. The plan allows for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket health expenses with pre-tax dollars. Contributions are deducted from pay before federal, state and Social Security (FICA) taxes are deducted. Taxable income on an employee's annual W-2 statement will be reduced by the amount placed in the account.
Eligible employees enroll by completing the Enrollment Form and returning it to the Office of Human Resources. Eligible employees must re-enroll during the annual open enrollment period each fall to participate during the following calendar year (January 1 - December 31).
Employees may contributed any amount from a minimum of $20 per month to a maximum of $212.50 per month ($2,550 annual maximum), and an after-tax administration fee of $1 is deducted for each monthly pay warrant in which a contribution is taken.
Expenses eligible to be reimbursed from the CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account are expenses incurred by an employee, employee's spouse, and dependents (including domestic partner) that are medically necessary. Expenses solely for cosmetic reasons or expenses that are merely beneficial to a person's general health are not reimbursable. For general information, refer to IRS Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses).
Claims for reimbursement can be filed by mail, fax, or online:
In addition to the claims reimbursement processes referenced above, enrolled employees also have the option of requesting an FSA Debit Master Card, also called the "FSA Benny Card". The Card eliminates most out-of-pocket expenses and claims paperwork (exceptions apply).
The CSU provides a 2 1/2 month grace period for employees enrolled in HCRA through December 31st. If an employee is enrolled through December 31st and also has a balance as of December 31st, the grace period allows them to be reimbursed for eligible expenses incurred through March 15th of the following year. FSA Debit Cardholders will have access to the prior year's balance through the grace period (March 15 of each calendar year).
Claims must be submitted no later than June 30th of the following year after the current plan year ends. After this date, any funds remaining in the employee's account will be forfeited.