Flexible Spending Account

Plan overview

Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSAs) help you reduce healthcare costs and make budgeting easier. You contribute pre-tax money to the account and then draw on the funds during the plan year for qualified expenses your health plan doesn't cover like doctor's bills, prescriptions, dental care, and vision care. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations state that FSA funds cannot be carried over from year to year.

How it works

Reap the benefits of your FSA

When you set up an FSA, your employer takes money out of your paycheck before taxes. Then you draw on the funds during the plan year to pay for qualified expenses.

Make sure to set aside only as much as you'll use — with an FSA, you typically can only use the money for expenses during the current plan year. Some employers may offer a grace period, which allows extended access to FSA funds.

Your employer determines what types of expenses are qualified within guidelines defined by the IRS. Most employers' plans cover:
  • Medical expenses like deductibles and copayments
  • Out-of-pocket prescription costs
  • Dental expenses
  • Vision services

However, your company may not include all of the categories above. In addition, you can't use the money for experimental treatments, cosmetic procedures, or insurance premiums.

You have access to the full annual amount of your healthcare FSA — even money that hasn't been deducted from your paycheck yet — on the first day of the plan year.

Some employers also offer a separate FSA for qualified dependent care expenses, such as childcare or adult day care. You can set up a healthcare account, a dependent care account, or both types, depending on your situation.

As of January 1, 2011, over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as pain relievers, cough syrup, and allergy medicines will require a prescription to be eligible for reimbursement from an FSA or Personal Care Account (PCA). The HumanaAccess Card cannot be used to purchase OTC medications.

Example of how FSAs work

Last year, Laura made $28,000 and put $1,500 in her healthcare FSA. The example below shows how much she saved by using the pre-tax money for qualified health expenses. Without an FSA, she would have paid for these expenses from her take-home pay, which she paid taxes on.

Financial tools

Sample FSA qualified expenses

View a sample list of allowable and disallowable expenses according to the IRS.
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FSA planners

You can estimate how much to contribute using our spending account planners: Healthcare FSA planner
Dependent Care FSA planner

MyHumana tools

Visit your secure website on Humana.com to:

  • Check your FSA balance
  • Set up account alerts delivered by text message
  • Request reimbursement from your FSA by check or direct deposit

To access these tools and more, sign in to MyHumana. If you haven't signed up for your secure website yet, register for MyHumana today.

MyHumana Mobile

With MyHumana Mobile, you can check your healthcare FSA balance on your mobile device. Use your existing MyHumana sign-in information to access this and more at m.humana.com .

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