Flexible Spending Account - Healthcare


Full-time faculty and staff may elect to participate in a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA).  This plan allows employees to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses.  By paying for these expenses on a pre-tax basis, you reduce your take-home pay and therefore reduce the amount you pay for federal income taxes.  Effective July 1, 2012 you may set aside up to $2,500 annually.

Employees elect to participate in the FSA when they first enroll in benefits and after that, each year during open enrollment.  Once you make your annual election you are “locked in” for the plan year unless you experience a qualifying event, such as a change in your family status.  If you and your family do not spend the entire amount set aside for the plan year (July 1st through June 30th) you must forfeit the excess funds.  Because of this you should carefully calculate the amount you set aside each year.

Following are examples of eligible and ineligible expenses.

 Eligible for Reimbursement  Not Eligible for Reimbursement
  • Co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance
  • Dental and orthodontic costs
  • Vision Care costs including glasses, contacts and lasik surgery
  • Prescription drug co-payments
  • Chiropractic care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Hearing
  • Insurance premiums
  • Cosmetic procedures
  • Toiletries
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Diet foods


Please contact Human Resources or Pittman & Associates at (901)473-3100 to see whether a specific expense will qualify.


If you participate in the College Health Plan as well as the PSA you will automatically be reimbursed for your co-payments, deductibles and co-insurance.  For all other expenses you must submit a claim form to Pittman & Associates along with detailed receipts for the services you received.  Expenses are processed and checks issued twice a month, on the 1st and the 15th.