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Overview

The UW System offers eligible employees the opportunity to pay certain health care, dependent day care, parking and transit expenses with tax-free dollars through the Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) program, administered by TASC.

To comply with IRS requirements, documentation will be required to substantiate expenses eligible for reimbursement under a Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). In addition, receipts and related documentation will be required for purchases made with your TASC debit card.

Review the ERA Brochure and/or ERA Participant Guide for more information, including contribution limits, eligible expenses and deadlines.

Eligibility

All employees, including rehired annuitants, are eligible for this program, except:

  • Student Hourly employees
  • University Staff Temporary employees*
  • Student Assistant with one of the following titles: Fellows, Scholars, Trainees
  • Employee-in-Training with one of the following titles: Grad Intern/Trainee, Post-Doc Fellow/Trainee

*University Staff Temporary employees may participate in the Parking and/or Transit Accounts.

ERA Account Types

The Employee Reimbursement Account (ERA) program is comprised of (5) accounts.

Health Care FSA

Covers eligible expenses that are not covered or partially covered by insurance plans such as deductibles, copays, and coinsurance amounts. You may also use this account to pay for eyeglasses, dental expenses and limited categories of over-the-counter drugs and supplies. These expenses can be incurred by you, your spouse and qualifying child or qualifying relative. The annual contribution limit is $2,550 per employee. Up to $500 remaining in your account at the end of the plan year will carry over to the following plan year.

You are not eligible for the Health Care FSA if you enroll in either the HDHP or Access HDHP plan design with the Health Savings Account (HSA). Consider the Limited Purpose FSA instead.

Limited Purpose FSA (LPFSA)

Covers eligible expenses that are not covered or partially covered by your dental and vision insurance plans. This plan is only available to employees who are enrolled in either the HDHP or Access HDHP plan designs with an HSA. Once you have met your medical deductible in either of these plan designs, the LPFSA may also cover medical expenses. These expenses can be incurred by you, your spouse and qualifying child or qualifying relative. The annual contribution limit is $2,550 per employee. Up to $500 remaining in your account at the end of the plan year will carry over to the following plan year.

Dependent Day Care FSA

Covers eligible expenses for the physical care of dependents, either inside or outside the home such as after-school care, baby-sitting fees, adult or child daycare and preschool, so that you and your spouse, if married, are able to work, actively look for work or attend school full-time. Eligible dependents include your qualifying child, spouse and/or qualifying relative. This account does not pay for medical expenses for your eligible dependents. The annual contribution limit is $5,000 based on tax filing status. This is a household limit.

Parking Account

Covers work-related parking expenses such as parking ramps, park and ride. Note: This is not an account that pays for your UW System parking. If you pay for UW System parking through payroll deduction, you may not want to enroll in this account. Any amounts remaining in your account at the end of the plan year will carry over to the following plan year. The monthly contribution limit is $255.

Transit Account

Covers work-related commuting expenses such as public transit passes to and from work (bus, trains subway) and commuter highway vehicles (vanpools). Any amounts remaining in your account at the end of the plan year will carry over to the following plan year. The monthly contribution limit is $130 for State and $255 for Federal.

Review the ERA Brochure and/or ERA Participant Guide for more information, including contribution limits, eligible expenses and deadlines on each of these accounts.

Enrollment

If enrolling in the Health Care, Limited Purpose, or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA):

You have 30 days from your date of employment or your newly benefits-eligible job to enroll in the FSAs listed above. Your coverage will begin on the first of the month on or following your eligibility date.

Plan carefully when making your annual FSA election(s). You cannot make changes to your elections once they take effect unless you have a qualifying event. See Life Events for more information.

If you do not enroll in these FSAs during your initial 30-day enrollment period, you may enroll during the Annual Benefits Enrollment period or if you have a qualifying event. See Life Events for more information.

For detailed information on whose expenses you can cover from this plan, see the Dependent Eligibility Grid (UWS 25).

If enrolling in the Parking and/or Transit Accounts:

You may enroll, change or cancel your coverage at any time for the Parking and/or Transit Accounts. If you enroll during your initial 30-day enrollment period, your coverage will begin on the first of the month on or following your eligibility date. If you enroll outside of your initial enrollment period, coverage will begin on the first of the month on or following receipt of your application.

Claims Submission

If you pay for your expenses out-of-pocket instead of using your TASC card, there are several methods by which you may submit your claims for reimbursement.

Electronic Claims Submission

  • TASC Mobile App
    • The TASC Mobile App lets you access your account information wherever you are, 24/7/365. To download, visit the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace and search for “eflex Benefits”.
  • TASC Online Portal
    •   On the “Home” tab, click on “I want to File a Claim”

Paper Claims Submission

  • Complete the FSA Reimbursement Claim Form and submit it with substantiation to:
    • Mail: TASC, PO Box 7511, Madison, WI 53707-7511
    • Fax: (877) 231-1287

Automatic Premium Conversion

Any employee eligible for this plan will automatically have premiums for the following benefit plans deducted from earnings on a pre-tax basis:

  • State Group Health Insurance
  • State Group Life Insurance (premium for first $50,000 of coverage)
  • EPIC Benefits+*
  • Dental Wisconsin*
  • VSP Vision Insurance*

You may choose to waive automatic premium conversion and have your premiums taken on a post-tax basis.

*If you cover a non-tax dependent domestic partner or partner’s children, premiums will be taken on a post-tax basis.

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last updated: 12/9/2016