Frequently Asked Questions

Perhaps you have asked, or wanted to ask, one of the following questions. We hope the questions below, and the answers, will help you. If you do not find your question, or if you have further questions, please contact the Health Benefits Unit.




expand Question : Am I eligible to enroll and contribute to an FSA plan? ‎(1)
expand Question : Can I use the money in my FSA to pay for medical care for a family member? ‎(1)
expand Question : Does the carryover amount count against the $2,650 maximum I'm able to contribute to my Healthcare FSA for this plan year? ‎(1)
expand Question : Does the carryover option apply only to Healthcare FSAs, or is it available with other benefit accounts? ‎(1)
expand Question : I am retiring but will not qualify for District-Paid health benefits. What should I do? ‎(1)
expand Question : I'm a new employee. When do my health benefits start? ‎(1)
expand Question : I'm retiring and want to continue my life insurance benefits. How can I do this? ‎(1)
expand Question : I'm retiring soon. What should I do if I want to continue my health benefits? ‎(1)
expand Question : Is there a deadline for using my carryover balance every year? ‎(1)
expand Question : Is there a minimum or maximum amount that can be carried over? ‎(1)
expand Question : May I carry over a balance of up to $500 if my maximum Healthcare FSA contribution limit is less than $2,650? ‎(1)
expand Question : Should I enroll in my employer-sponsored FSA plan? ‎(1)
expand Question : What expenses are not covered by a Healthcare FSA? ‎(1)
expand Question : What happens if I have a carryover balance but I do not re-elect a Healthcare FSA? ‎(1)
expand Question : What happens to my carryover balance if I quit my job before I’ve used it? ‎(1)
expand Question : What is a Healthcare FSA? ‎(1)
expand Question : What is an FMLA Leave (Maternity, Paternity, Bonding) and how does it impact on my illness day quota? ‎(1)
expand Question : What is the difference between a Medical FSA and a Dependent Care FSA? ‎(1)
expand Question : When will the funds remaining in my Healthcare FSA for this plan year carry over into the new plan year? ‎(1)
expand Question : Which funds will be used first—the funds in my 2018 Healthcare FSA or my carryover balance from my 2017 Healthcare FSA during the run-out period? How does the FSA coordinate with the HRA? ‎(1)