Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

The MBA includes a provision that guaranteed HRA benefits in 2015 and 2016. Currently there are no new funds available for HRA benefits beginning January 1, 2017. However, if you have not spent your HRA amounts in previous years, that money remains on account for your future use. The HRA is a negotiable benefit, and is subject to the JLMBC labor caucus and the District negotiating a new or renewal of the HRA benefit.

LACCD contributed $1,500 annually toward health care expenses for each benefited employee who was enrolled in a CalPERS medical plan.  As of now; future contributions have ended. 

To be eligible for the HRA, you must:

  • be an Active employee
  • have been hired on or before March 1, 2016

Per IRS guidelines our HRA funding period is 1/1/2016 through 12/31/2016.  Any unused HRA funds will roll forward to the next calendar year, 1/1/2017 through 12/31/2017.  This roll over will continue indefinitely each year.

Per IRS guidelines, all calendar year claims must be submitted and filed by 3/31/2017 

IRS rules require claim "run-out periods" and all claims must be on file no later than 3/31/XXXX. (Moves with each year roll over).  

A run-out period is a timeframe in a new plan year during which you can file claims for expenses incurred in the previous plan year. If your plan year ends on December 31, and you have a 90-day run-out period, you have until March 31 of the following plan year to file claims to your Healthcare HRA. 

HRA funds must be used before the Health Care FSA can be used, so it is very important that you carefully determine the amount that you should withhold from your salary to contribute to your Health Care FSA to avoid forfeiting any of your FSA contributions. 

However, the dependent care FSA is not linked to the HRA. Therefore, you may be reimbursed for dependent care expenses at any time during the calendar year for which you have enrolled.

Please remember that to be reimbursed for eligible health care expenses, you must complete and sign a claim form and submit it along with an explanation of benefits (EOB) or a detailed receipt as proof of services rendered. 

Claims are reimbursed based on the dates of services following the date you are enrolled in the plan. You may submit claims at any time during the current plan year. 

Reminder: You also have until March 31 of the following year to submit eligible expenses incurred during the previous plan year.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and HRA 

To view your FSA/HRA information, go to myspendingaccount.wageworks.com and enter your user name and password. If you have never registered, simply click the "New Users - Register Here" button to begin.

ADP (formerly SHPS) now has a Smartphone app to make online access to your HRA/FSA account information, including claims submissions, more convenient!

 
 
This video explains: 
  • What to do when you receive your card
  • How to use the card
  • Why it is vital that you keep your receipts
Important Note: The debit card can also be used with the HRA account, and everything in the video will apply to the HRA except that the HRA does not have tax benefit for the individual employee as does the FSA.

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