If the church has a group health plan, you may want to consider a Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
A health flexible spending account (FSA) is a type of tax-advantaged medical account that reimburses employees for eligible health care expenses that are not covered by their health plans. Both employees and employers can contribute to a health FSA, subject to certain limits.
- FSAs are limited to $2,650 per year per employer. If you’re married, your spouse can put up to $2,650 in an FSA with their employer too.
- You can use funds in your FSA to pay for certain medical and dental expenses for you, your spouse if you’re married, and your dependents.
- You can spend FSA funds to pay deductibles and copayments, but not for insurance premiums.
- You can spend FSA funds on prescription medications, as well as over-the-counter medicines with a doctor’s prescription. Reimbursements for insulin are allowed without a prescription.
- FSAs may also be used to cover costs of medical equipment like crutches, supplies like bandages, and diagnostic devices like blood sugar test kits.
Churches should not offer a Health FSA if they do not offer major medical coverage unless the Health FSA only provides for limited-benefits. Standalone health FSAs (without having a major medical health plan) can only be offered to provide limited scope dental and vision benefits.
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