Flex Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers below to the questions most frequently asked by our employers.

Are there minimum and maximum amounts I can contribute?

Your employer may specify a minimum and/or a maximum contribution amount that you may contribute. During your enrollment period, the minimum and/or maximum contribution amount will be communicated by your employer.

Can I change the amount of money I set aside in my FSA in the middle of the Plan Year?

You can only change the amount if you’ve had a qualifying life event during the Plan Year. This includes marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, death of a family member or an employment status change for yourself or your spouse. 

How can I use the funds in my account without paying for expenses upfront and waiting for reimbursement?

Use your Surency Flex Benefits Card like a credit card to pay for eligible expenses at the time of service or write the Benefits Card number on the bill you receive (just like you were paying with a credit card). By providing your card as the initial form of payment, you will automatically use funds in your account and will not need to wait for reimbursement. Please note, you should keep your receipts from any Benefits Card purchases in case we need to see those for verification of the expense.

How do I know how much is in my account?

Surency Flex offers four ways to access your plan details:

  1. The easiest option is to use the Surency Flex mobile app. The mobile app is available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. On the mobile app you can view your current account balance, file claims, purchase FSA-approved items and securely contact Surency Flex.
  2. Log in to your online Member Account to view your account details, file claims and more.
  3. Contact Surency Flex Customer Service at 866-818-8805.
  4. You can also sign up to receive electronic updates on your plan via email and/or text alerts. Log in to your Member Account, visit the “Statements & Notifications" tab to select your notification preference.
Can I use my account in a foreign country?

When you are in a foreign country, you will not be able to use your Surency Flex Benefits Card. However, you can still file a claim for reimbursement if it is for an eligible medical expense. Always remember to keep your documentation and receipts (in US dollars).

What can I pay for with my Health Care FSA dollars?

You can use money set aside in your FSA on eligible medical expenses, generally those medical expenses not covered by insurance. Eligible medical expenses include diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease or treatment for any part or function of the body. Cosmetic medical expenses (such as a facelift) and expenses that benefit your general health (such as health club fees) are not eligible. Click here to view a list of eligible medical expenses.

What if I have incurred expenses at the end of the Plan Year, but I don’t submit a claim by the end of the Plan Year?

Your employer may specify an additional amount of time, called a "run-out period," after the last day of the Plan Year to submit claims for services you received during the Plan Year. Check the Surency Flex mobile app or log in to your Member Account to view specific details on your plan. 

What is the difference between a Health Care FSA and a Dependent Care FSA?

Dollars from a Health Care FSA can only be used for qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses, including deductibles, copays, prescriptions and some over-the-count medications. Dependent Care FSA dollars can only be used for child care services for your dependents who are younger than thirteen years of age or adult dependents who are unable to care for themselves.

What is “Closing of a Plan Year”?

Closing of a Plan Year is a final review of the reimbursement accounts for all repayments throughout the Plan Year. 

Why is it important to close a Plan Year?

The IRS requires employers to report and take additional action when participants have taxable items. Therefore, in order to comply with the IRS regulations, it is important that Surency assist with the closing of your Plan Year to provide necessary reporting. 

What are taxable items?

Taxable items are pending repayments from the Plan Year. Pending repayments could be a result of a debit card transaction where the participant did not provide a receipt (claim substantiation) or the transaction was determined to be an ineligible expense. 

What reporting will be provided?

Surency will provide you with an updated Account Balance Detail Report for the previous Plan Year and a full accounting of open, unresolved repayments (taxable items).

When will the reporting be available?

The updated Account Balance Detail report will be provided 185 days after the closing of the Plan Year. The Account Balance Detail Report will be generated the 2nd day of the month following the 180 day mark.

What happens after Surency closes the Plan Year?

Surency closes your Plan Year 180 days after the Plan Year end date. At this time, Surency provides a detailed report for the previous Plan Year and a full accounting of open, unresolved repayments (taxable items). Repayments will be cancelled, debit cards will be all set to in-active and claim denials will be finalized.


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