Spending Accounts

Important Update Regarding your Health Savings Account

As we approach the new plan year, the Office of Human Resources would like to remind you that Independence Blue Cross has announced that they are changing HSA vendors from Acclaris, Inc. to PNC Bank.

What does this mean?

If you currently participate in SJU’s pre-tax or post-tax HSA plan, your account balance, investments (if applicable), and beneficiary information will be transferred from Acclaris, Inc. to PNC Bank automatically, effective on January 4, 2019.

Why?

  • PNC Bank is the new preferred custodian for all Independence HSAs.

How will this impact me?

  • This change to PNC will keep all HSA functionality within the IBC portal (claim payments, spending account details, automatic payments, etc.)
  • There is no immediate action required to make this transition
  • Plan for an HSA outage from December 19, 2018 through January 4, 2019.
    • While your HSA is being moved to PNC Bank, you will not have access to your HSA
    • During this period, you will not be able to access your HSA balance, submit for HSA reimbursements, make additional contributions, use your debit card, or make changes to investments
    • You can minimize impact by planning ahead and using funds in your account for eligible expenses before December 19th. You can also use another form of payment during the outage and reimburse yourself from your HSA at the end of the outage

Additional Mailings from IBC

The new PNC HSA will be available on 01/04/2019 and you may discard your old HSA card(s).

The Health Savings Account (HSA) is essentially a bank account with Acclaris that allows you to save and pay for eligible healthcare expenses tax-free up to a certain amount.

Here is how an HSA works:

  • To open an HSA, you must be enrolled in an eligible high deductible health plan. (Note: HSA participants cannot participate in the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account.)
  • Employee contributions are tax-free and HSA balances can be rolled from year to year.
  • You can use the HSA to pay for "qualified medical expenses" to include medical, dental, vision and prescription expenses, as well as for qualified medical expenses for spouses and dependents, even if covered under another medical plan.

To be eligible for an HSA, an employee cannot be enrolled in Medicare Parts A or B. You can, however utilize an FSA if you are enrolled in Medicare Parts A or B.

In 2018, the IRS limit for contributions will increase to $3,450 for individuals and will increase to $6,900 for family coverage. Participants age 55 and older can contribute an additional $1,000 as a catch-up contribution.

SJU will contribute to your HSA ($62.50 per month for individual coverage or $83.33 per month for dependent coverage) whether you contribute to the HSA or not. If you are enrolled in Medicare Parts A or B, the SJU contribution will be made on an after-tax basis.

You can also use HSA funds to pay Continuation Coverage and long-term care insurance premiums, though health insurance premiums (including Medigap coverage) are not qualified.

HSA Savings:

  • Tax-deferred interest earnings may be accumulated in your account.
  • You can invest some of your HSA dollars in mutual funds once you meet the investment threshold.
  • There is no "use-it-or-lose-it" rule: funds remain in your account from year to year.
  • The account is yours and stays with you even if you change jobs, change healthcare coverage, become unemployed, move to another state or change marital status.
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Healthcare Spending Account

A Healthcare Spending Account is a type of Flexible Spending Account that allows employees to pay for qualified out-of-pocket healthcare expenses on a pre-tax basis.

Expenses that qualify include: medical insurance deductibles and co-payments and other expenses not covered by your medical, dental and vision care insurance(s). Enrollment in this plan is optional.

Each year or at the start of employment, an employee may elect the amount he/she wishes to contribute to the healthcare spending account. The annual maximum for 2018 is $2,650. Amounts are deducted each pay period before taxes.

Employees pay for eligible expenses and submit claims to the University’s third party administrator, Payflex. Reimbursement for eligible expenses is made by check or direct deposit. Information and forms for this benefit are available in the Office of Human Resources.

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Dependent Care Spending Account

The Dependent Care Spending Account is a type of Flexible Spending Account that allows employees to pay for qualifying dependent care expenses on a before-tax basis.

Expenses that qualify include: day care, preschool, summer camps and nonemployer-sponsored before or after school programs. Funds may be used for expenses relating to children under the age of 13 or incapable of self-care who live with the account holder more than half the year.

Each year or at the start of employment, an employee may elect the amount he/she wishes to contribute to the dependent care spending account. The annual maximum for 2018 is $5,000. Amounts are deducted each pay period before taxes.

Employees pay for eligible expenses and submit claims to the University's third party administrator, Payflex. Reimbursement for eligible expenses is made by check or direct deposit. Information and forms for this benefit are available in the Office of Human Resources.

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Commuter/Transit Spending Account

The Commuter Spending Account is a type of Flexible Spending Account that allows employees the option to order a transit pass, voucher or add funds to a fare card on a pre-tax basis.

Employees pay for eligible expenses and submit claims to the University's third party administrator, Payflex. Reimbursement for eligible expenses is made by check or direct deposit. Information and forms for this benefit are available in the Office of Human Resources.