(MARIETTA, OH) - An amendment is coming to Washington County employee health insurance that the commissioners say will make flexible spending accounts more flexible.
The commissioners, at the suggestion of county human resources director Darla Miller, have decided to make a change to the Section 125 health plan that will eliminate the “Use it or Lose It” two-and-a-half month grace period and replace it with a $500 carry-over for the current 2014 plan year.
This means that the county won’t have to worry about running the risk of losing money left unspent on an employee’s account, and it will also allow a “run-out” period that lets people use funds from the previous year over the first few months the following year.
Grace periods, which allow funds from a previous year to be used against expenses in the first few months of the next year, cannot be used under the new plan.
Miller says only one county employee on the current plan had more than $500 still in his or her account to use during the grace period. She the change in plan is designed to put less pressure on employees if and when they face medical bills.
“The change makes things a little more flexible for employees. They don’t have to have those medical expenses incurred in two-and-a-half months, because they have the full 12 months of the following year to use that,” Miller says.
The commissioners unanimously voted to amend the plan, and the changes will take place immediately for those currently in the old plan and those who will be elected to office in November once they assume their roles.
Anyone with questions can direct them to Darla Miller at 373-6623, extension 269.