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FSA, HRA, HSA…use your health care money by year’s end before you lose it!

May 7, 2024

There are many ways to pay for health care expenses. Some people have special healthcare accounts through their employer or a health savings account they set up on their own. Here are some simple explanations and how you can leverage the funds in these accounts.

Flexible spending accounts

Medical flexible spending accounts (FSA) provide pre-tax dollars through an employer to pay for certain medical expenses.

Health reimbursement account

A health reimbursement account (HRA) is set up through your employer to pay for certain healthcare-related expenses as determined by your employer. Money deposited into these accounts expires at the end of the calendar year and doesn’t roll over for use next year.

Health savings accounts

Health savings accounts (HSA) are special pre-tax savings accounts you can contribute to throughout the year and use for health care expenses. Unlike FSA and HRA accounts, HSA accounts don’t expire at the end of the year, but they do have limits on how much you can contribute annually.

Did you know you can use many of these accounts to pay for eye care? This can include the cost of eye examinations (including co-pays and co-insurance), prescription eyeglasses, and prescription contact lenses (including cleaning supplies). If you’re looking for ways to use all your money before it expires, consider a new or back-up pair of glasses or stocking up on contact lens supplies. Call us at Mad River Eye Care to schedule an appointment for your eye exam before the end of the year so you don’t lose any of your hard-earned money.

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