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Generally expenses must be incurred during the Health Care Reimbursement Account plan year: January 1 through December 31. However, IRS rules allow a grace period from Jan 1 - March 15 of the following year to use any remaining funds. You incur expenses when the care is provided rather than when you are billed or when you pay for the care.
In general, eligible expenses are any tax-deductible health care expenses that you, your legal spouse or anyone you claim as a dependent on your federal income tax return incurs and that are not paid by insurance. Some examples of eligible expenses are:
Expenses that do not meet the requirement of the program include:
If you enroll midyear, expenses incurred before your effective date are not eligible.
Expenses incurred after your participation ends are not eligible.
For more information about eligible expenses, see the CONEXIS website.