Flexible Benefits Program

Health Care Reimbursement
Account (HCRA) Plan

The CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account is a voluntary benefit for eligible employees that offers significant tax advantages and could increase an employee's take home pay. The plan allows for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket health expenses from money deducted from an employee's paycheck before federal, state and FICA taxes are deducted. Taxable income on an employee's annual W-2 statement will be reduced by the amount placed in the account.

Expenses eligible to be reimbursed from the CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account are expenses incurred by an employee, employee's spouse, and dependents (including domestic partner) for the diagnosis, cure, treatment or prevention of disease, and for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. The expenses must be to alleviate or prevent a physical defect or illness. Expenses solely for cosmetic reasons or expenses that are merely beneficial to a person's general health are not reimbursable. For general information, refer to IRS Publication 502 (Medical and Dental Expenses)

Employees may contribute any amount from a minimum of $20 per month to a maximum of $416.66 a month ($5,000 annual maximum), and an after-tax administration fee of $1.00 is deducted from each pay warrant in which there is a monthly HCRA contribution.

Claims reimbursements are processed three times per month per the following schedule:

Claim Receipt Date Claim Reimbursement Date
5th of the month 15th of the same month
15th of the month 25th of the same month
25th of the month 5th of the following month

For additional information regarding the HCRA plan, please refer to ASI's Online Customer Service Center, the Health Care Reimbursement Account Brochure(s), Administrative Guide and/or appropriate CSU Technical Letter(s).

Content Contact:
Benefits Insider
(562) 951-4411
Technical Contact:

Last Updated: December 17, 2012

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