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Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Learn how you can save tax dollars on eligible health care expenses not covered by your medical, dental, or vision plan through the Health Flexible Spending Account.

The Health Flexible Spending Account, administered for UC by WageWorks (login required, formerly CONEXIS), is a voluntary program established under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 105 that lets you pay for eligible health care expenses not covered by your insurance through pre-tax salary reductions.


You can participate in the Health Flexible Spending Account program if you are an active employee who:

  • Is appointed by the university to work at least 50% time for 1 year or more (full benefits eligible employee)
  • Is appointed by the university to work 100% time for 3 months or more (mid-level benefit eligible employee)
  • Is appointed to work at least 43.75% time (CORE eligible benefits employee)
  • Has worked 1,000 hours in a 12-month period

Period to Enroll

  • When you are first hired into an eligible position
  • When you transfer to an eligible appointment
  • If you have a qualified family status change: use the UPAY 850 (PDF) to enroll
  • During annual open enrollment
  • If currently enrolled and want to be a plan participant the following year, you must re-enroll during Open Enrollment

For details, read the Summary Plan Description (PDF).

Note: The effective date of enrollment is when the deduction comes out of salary. Only eligible expenses incurred after enrollment would be considered.

Contribution limits

Claims and reimbursement

Participants receive a benefits card (PDF) to pay for eligible health care expenses. If you use the card, you don't need to complete any reimbursement forms, but it's important to keep all receipts in case of an audit or request by WageWorks.

To submit a manual claim for reimbursement for out-of-pocket payments:

  • Log into WageWorks and complete an online form
  • Print the online form, sign it, and send it to:
    WageWorks Spending Accounts
    P.O. Box 660427
    Dallas, TX 75266-0427
    Fax: 1-800-482-4174

Eligible expenses

It is your responsibility to ensure that expenses are eligible. For details, refer to:

Note: You can't claim eligible expenses reimbursed from your Health Flexible Spending Account as a tax credit on your income tax return.

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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.