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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

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FSA Eligibility
Medical FSA An employee must be eligible for group medical plan (not enrolled, only eligible) in order to be eligible for Medical FSA. Generally, pre-tax benefits may only be afforded to the employee, their spouses and dependents. An individua...
FSA Qualifying Events & Election Changes
Change in number of dependents (birth/adoption) Change in marital status (marriage/divorce) Change in employment status (hiring/termination) (employee/spouse/dependent, must affect eligibility) Change in dependent status affecting eligibility (e...
FSA Election Amounts (Medical & Dependent Care)
Annual maximums: Medical - $2,700 (2019) May be indexed for CPI in future years. The maximum limit is per employee per year. Spouses who both have access to the Medical FSA can each take advantage of the maximum limit. There is no family limit. If...
Adding or Updating FSA Enrollments
As employees join your organization and experience qualifying life events, you may need to enroll new participants or update election amounts through the online Employer Portal.  Creating a new employee profile and enrollment: Log into ...
Medical Eligible Expense Guidelines
Expenses must be incurred during plan year. This is the date the service is rendered not necessarily when it is paid for. Expenses can be incurred for participant, spouse, or dependent. Includes amounts paid for diagnosis, cure, mitigat...
Dependent Care Eligible Expense Guidelines
Dependent Care must be for an eligible dependent under age 13 who is a member of the participant’s household and for whom the participant can claim expenses on the Federal Income tax Form 2441, “Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expen...
Claim Reimbursement Options
Sentinel’s Benny Debit Card Participants that take advantage of the debit card will enjoy an 80% auto-adjudication rate which means that your participants will not typically need to submit documentation of their activity to Sentinel. Instea...
Updating Employee Status for Reimbursement Accounts
It is important to update Sentinel in a timely manner if an employee terminates employment or takes a leave of absence. Employee status changes can be submitted online by following the steps below.   Log into the Employer Portal. Under the ...
Termination of Employment - FSA Guidelines
Medical Reimbursement FSAs - A terminated employee is not eligible for reimbursement of claims for services that occurred after the separation from service. However, if the employee incurred expenses prior to the separation from service, those clai...
Leave of Absence - FSA Guidelines
If a participant goes on a qualified unpaid leave while they are still considered an active employee (e.g. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 - FMLA), the participant has two options for managing their Flexible Spending Account for the remainder o...
FSA Open Enrollment Process
Much like a group health plan, a cafeteria plan requires employees to enroll or re-enroll in the program on an annual basis. Typically, the Open Enrollment “window” should be opened for participants between 30-60 days prior to the first ...