General Information

Contact Dept

  • Phone:
    (559) 600-1800
  • Fax:
    (559) 455-4788
  • Address:
    2220 Tulare Street, 14th Floor
    Fresno, CA 93721

   FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT INFORMATION  

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Need help filing a claim or using the mobile app?  Click here.  

OVERVIEW

Employees may use the Health Care Spending Account to obtain reimbursement for health-related expenses not covered by your health insurance plan such as medical or dental office visit co-payments and deductibles, etc.  The Dependent Care Spending Account allows participants to obtain reimbursement for work-related dependent care expenses. In addition, employees may participate in the Parking or Transit Spending Accounts to obtain reimbursement for work-related parking or mass transit expenses. 

KEY DATES & DEADLINES

The Health and Dependent Care programs allow participants to use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified expenses incurred between January 1 and December 31 of the current plan year.  In addition, the program allows a grace period for expenses incurred from January 1 through March 15 of the following year if you have monies remaining in your account.

Parking and Transit programs allow participants to use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified expenses incurred on a monthly basis.  There is no plan year restriction on the Parking and Transit programs.

Health and Dependent Care 2016 Plan Year Key Dates & Deadlines:

  • Last day to incur expenses: March 15, 2017
  • Last day to submit claims/documentation: May 15, 2017

Health and Dependent Care 2017 Plan Year Key Dates & Deadlines:

  • First day of Plan Year: January 1, 2017
  • Last day of Plan Year: December 31, 2017
  • Last day to incur expenses: March 15, 2018
  • Last day to submit claims/documentation: May 15, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not incur expenses and/or file your claims by the deadlines above, you will forfeit any remaining contributions in the spending accounts.

Parking and Transit Key Dates & Deadlines: 

  • If the enrollment or change request form is received on or before the 15th of the month, the Employee’s Coverage Period will begin on the 1st of the month following receipt of the agreement. 

    • Example: If the request form is received on March 15th, the Employee's coverage period will begin April 1st.   

  • If the enrollment or change request form is received after the 15th of the month, the Employee’s Coverage Period will begin on the 1st of the second month following receipt of the agreement.  
    • Example: If the request form is received on March 16, the Employee's coverage period will begin May 1st. 

IMPORTANT PROGRAM FACTS

  • Contribution Limits:
    • Health Care: $2,600 per year 
    • Dependent Care: $5,000 per year 
    • Parking: $250 per month 
    • Transit: $130 per month 
  • Taxes:
    • Participants save money in taxes, since contributions are deducted from pay before Social Security, Medicare, and Federal and State Income taxes are calculated.  Click here to use a tax savings calculator (internet access required). 
     
  • Enrollment:
    • Current employees may enroll or re-enroll in the Health or Dependent Care FSA each plan year during Open Enrollment.  Prior-year elections do not carry over to the new plan year.  Enrollment can be completed through PeopleSoft/Oracle or with a paper form. 
    • New hires must enroll within 30 days of their hire date by completing a paper form.  You may obtain an enrollment form by clicking here or contacting Employee Benefits at 600-1810. 
     
  • Election Changes:  
    • The Health and Dependent Care FSA is NOT completely flexible.  After you enroll, you cannot make changes during the plan year unless you have a Qualified Status Change, such as a marriage or divorce.  Please see the County of Fresno Cafeteria Plan Document below, or contact Employee Benefits at 600-1810 for questions regarding status changes.  Changes may be made to Parking and Transit elections on a monthly basis (see “Parking and Transit Key Dates & Deadlines” above). 

DEBIT CARD  

 

 

ASIFlex Debit CardEveryone who participates in the Health Care FSA may elect to use the debit card which can conveniently be used like a credit card to pay for your eligible expenses.  The card is loaded with your annual election if you complete the Debit Card Agreement section of the enrollment form.  Participants in the Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit accounts must submit claims for reimbursement, as the debit card is not available for these programs.

ASIFlex, the County's third party administrator, will issue you two cards.  If you already received a card for a prior year, do not throw it away as the debit cards are valid for five (5) years.  If you enroll in flexible spending for the new plan year, your debit card will be "re-loaded" if you have not had your card longer than five (5) years.  You can also look up your account information online.  Click here to log in to your account.

 OTHER TAX SAVINGS OPTIONS

  • Out-of-Pocket Health Insurance Premium Payments are Automatically Pre-Tax.  Your out-of-pocket contribution to health insurance premiums are automatically deducted pre-tax unless you decline.  If you do not want your out-of-pocket health premium paid with pre-tax dollars, you may make this change during Open Enrollment.
  • Flex your Supplemental Life Insurance Premium.  Employees in Units 19, 22, 30 & 36 are also able to flex their Life Insurance Premium by electing the pre-tax option during Open Enrollment.  Please note: you must re-enroll in pre-tax life insurance deductions each year.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Flexible Spending Account Forms
Click here for the flex medical, dependent care, transportation & parking forms. 

Flexible Spending Account Plan Overview
Medical & Child Care Overview / Transit & Parking Overview 

Flexible Spending Plan Documents
Click here for the Cafeteria (Health & Dependent Care) Plan Document
Click here for the County of Fresno Commuter (Parking & Transit) Plan Document

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Click here to view the flex spending account FAQ's

Flexible Spending Account Resources
Click here to view a video on flex spending account claim filing

If you have any questions, you may review the Flex Spending Accounts Frequently Asked Questions and other documents in the Additional Information section above.  You may also contact ASIFlex at (800) 659-3035 or Employee Benefits at 600-1810.  You may view your account information online through the ASIFlex website by clicking here.

   

 

 

Revised 12/15/16