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Spending Accounts and Commuter Benefits
Through WageWorks, Cook County offers easy to use spending accounts that allow employees to pay for healthcare, childcare, elder care and commuter benefits using pre tax money deducted from your paycheck.
When you are estimating your health care and dependent care expenses for the year, keep in mind you can set up a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for eligible expenses. When you enroll, you decide how much you will set aside from your pay before taxes.
There are three types of accounts:
Health Care FSA: Use these funds to pay for a broad array of eligible expenses (such as deductibles, copays, dental and vision care and prescriptions) incurred by you or your eligible dependents. WageWorks provides a Health Care FSA card for these expenses. Health Care FSA contributions are limited to $2,550 for 2016.
Dependent Care FSA: If you pay to care for dependents while at work, use these funds to cover eligible expenses for day care, babysitting, nursery school and senior day care. You can set aside up to $5,000 to help with dependent care costs that aren’t covered by insurance. You must submit claims forms for dependent care FSA reimbursement.
Commuter Program: Regardless of how you get to work, the Commuter Benefits Program lets you pay for your eligible transit expenses through automatic, pre-tax payroll deductions. Ordering is handled directly through WageWorks either online or over the phone. You can request that funds be deposited into your Ventra account, into a WageWorks Commuter card, or that a transit pass to be sent to your home every month.
By federal law, any funds remaining in these accounts at the end of the grace period cannot be rolled over or be refunded.