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Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA)

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA)

Set aside pre-tax money to pay for dependent care expenses.

The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) allows you to set aside money to pay for eligible dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. You can enroll in a Dependent Care FSA even if you're not enrolled in other BHGE benefits.

Note: The Dependent Care FSA is for child care or elder care expenses. It is NOT for health care expenses for your dependents. Use the account to pay for child care or elder care expenses while you and your spouse work or attend school. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Child care or babysitting
  • Before- and after-school programs
  • Nursery school or preschool
  • Adult/senior daycare

Refer to IRS Publication 503 for a complete list of qualified dependent care expenses.

Important Details

  • The Dependent Care FSA may be used for eligible expenses for children under age 13 and certain elderly or disabled dependents.
  • You may contribute up to $5,000 annually ($2,500 maximum if you are married and file separate tax returns).
  • Funds are available as you deposit them into your account.
  • Claims must be incurred during the plan year (January 1 – December 31) and submitted to UHC by March 31 of the following year to be eligible for reimbursement. 
  • You will not receive an ID card for the DCFSA.
  • Any money you do not use by the end of the year is forfeited.

Submitting Claims

When you have a dependent care expense, you must pay the provider at the time of service. Then you must file a claim for reimbursement by completing and submitting an online FSA Claim Form. You must include your receipt with your claim, clearly marking it as paid, in order to be reimbursed.

Payroll Deductions

The amount you elect to contribute to your FSA during Annual Enrollment will be deducted from your paycheck.

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