Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account (LPFSA) Support

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you already have an American Fidelity online account, simply log in to your account to view your LPFSA information.

    If you have not created an account, click here to register now. Then, follow the prompts to complete the registration process. You will use this same registration information on the mobile app, AFmobile®.

  • Typical expenses include eligible dental and vision expenses, like braces or eyeglasses. Ask your employer for the specifics of your plan.

    For added convenience, you can also shop online through the FSA Store to purchase eligible products.

  • By law, the maximum pre-tax contribution beginning in 2022 is $2,850 per plan year. Please note, this amount may be further limited by your employer's plan.

  • Your entire LPFSA election is available on the first day of the plan year. To view your plan year's beginning and end dates, log in to your online account.

  • LPFSAs are “use or lose” accounts. This means that at the end of your plan year, the funds remaining in your account may be forfeited and returned to your employer's plan. Learn what employers can do with unused LPFSA funds 

    If your employer has elected a carryover provision, you may be able to carry over up to $570, beginning in 2022, of unused LPFSA contributions to the next plan year.

    If your employer has elected a grace period, you will have 2.5 months following the end of your plan year to incur LPFSA claims for the previous plan year’s account balance.

    Your plan may include a runoff period that allows you to file claims for the previous plan year’s expenses. However, these expenses must have been incurred during the plan year or grace period (if applicable).

    To view your specific plan details, log in to your online account and select the account name from the home dashboard. 

    View Reimbursement Account Details 

    CARES Act: For 2020 and 2021 plan years, your employer had the option to extend claims periods, runoff periods, and increase carryover amounts. Please reach out to your employer for more details. Read a summary of Section 125 CARES Act updates 

  • Only an individual who is defined by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) as a qualified dependent can be considered for reimbursement of medical expenses. Learn who qualifies as a dependent 

  • Typically, you can only elect contributions into your LPFSA during a yearly open enrollment period, but there may be exceptions if you experience a qualifying life event. Some changes may not be permitted. Check with your employer regarding the plan design and/or restrictions. 

  • A Benefits Debit Card allows you to pay for eligible expenses, such as prescriptions and copayments. If your employer has elected to provide a Benefits Debit Card, you may use this card instead of paying out of pocket.

    Please note – if you use your Benefits Debit Card to pay for eligible medical expenses, you must submit itemized documentation for every transaction, like an explanation of benefits (EOB).

  • You may use it at most health care facilities, including hospitals, physician’s, dental, and vision offices.

    Additionally, many merchants also accept the card. To view a list of participating stores, visit SIGIS Store Locator. 

  • Log in to your online account and select Manage My Reimbursement Account. Then, hover over your name on the top right and click Debit Card(s). Click Report Lost or Stolen next to the appropriate card. Once complete, you will have the option to order an additional card.

    Report a Card Lost/Stolen 

  • To reactivate your card, you will either need to submit the requested documentation or pay back the transaction.

    Note: If your card is no longer active, you may have submitted insufficient documentation for an existing claim.

    Learn How to Reactivate Your Card 

  • Yes, you may use your Benefits Debit Card for both accounts. Eligible vision and dental expenses will be deducted from your LPFSA first, since those funds expire at the end of your plan year. When your LPFSA funds have been used up, your HSA funds will be deducted.

  • If you have an unsubstantiated LPFSA claim, you will still be able to use your Benefits Debit Card for your HSA.

    Learn How to Unblock Your Card 

  • Pending transactions require additional documentation to complete processing. You will receive communication when documentation is needed.

    How to submit documentation to an existing transaction:

     Log in to your online account or AFmobile®

    • Select the Additional Documentation button
    • Select Reimbursement Account(s)
    • Select the pending transaction and click Add Receipt to upload documentation
  • If you have additional qualified dependents, you may request a card for them through your online account, or on our mobile app, AFmobile®. Here’s how:

    • Online
      1. Log in to your online account.
      2. Select Manage My Reimbursement Account.
      3. Hover over your username the right side of the navigation bar and select Profile.
      4. At the bottom of this screen, select Add Family Member.
      5. In the Add Family Member window, select the box to Issue Dependent Card.
      6. When complete, click Next and Save.
    • AFmobile
      1. Select the Profile, and then select Family Members.
      2. In the Add Family Member window, select the box to Issue Dependent Card.
      3. When complete, click Next and Save.

  • This depends on where you use your card and what type of expense it is.

    Example of when documentation is not needed: If your card is used for an eligible expense at a merchant with the Inventory Information Approval System (IIAS), the details needed to approve the transaction will automatically be provided. No further documentation will be required.

    Example of when documentation is needed: If your card is used at a doctor’s office for an expense, you will need to provide an itemized receipt or documents, so the details of the expense such as the date of service and the service provided may be verified. Keep in mind, the date of service must be within the plan year or grace period, if applicable, in your LPFSA plan.

    The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) regulations have requirements stating that expenses must be verified using itemized documentation, third party statements, or an Explanation of Benefits. To comply with IRC guidelines, we request documentation of your expense to verify the eligibility of the purchase.

    Learn more: Why is Substantiation Required for Certain Debit Card Expenses?

  • Your documentation should include:

    • Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from insurance carrier or,
    • Itemized documentation for an expense which should include: 
      • Original date of service
      • Description of service rendered or expense
      • Charges for service or expense
      • Provider of service or expense
      • Name of patient who received service or incurred expense

    Note: Credit card receipts are not sufficient unless they include the above information.

  • If you have used your Benefits Debit Card to make an LPFSA purchase, or if you submitted an out-of-pocket reimbursement claim without documentation, you will receive a request for documentation notice. You also may receive this notice if the documentation you submitted was insufficient.

  • You may receive this notice if:

    • Your Benefits Debit Card was used for an expense incurred outside the plan year,
    • Your Benefits Debit Card was used for an ineligible expense, or
    • If documentation submitted is missing information.

    When the documentation cannot be provided or the expense is ineligible, you have three options:

    • Submit different itemized document to offset the transaction amount,
    • Contact American Fidelity to make a credit card payment, or
    • Submit the notice received along with a check in the amount of the transaction to be applied to your LPFSA account.
  • For your convenience, there are several ways you can submit your documentation:

    Mobile app: Use the “Additional Documentation” button on AFmobile®

    • Select Additional Documentation.
    • Select Reimbursement Account(s).
    • Select the pending transaction, and select Attach New Document to upload documentation.

    Online: Upload through your online account

    • Click the Manage My Reimbursement Account button
    • Navigate to the transaction from Claim Activity, My Recent Transactions or Account Activity page.
    • Select the appropriate transaction.
    • Select Add Receipt.
    • Browse or Drag and Drop document(s).
    • Select Submit.

  • The fastest way to file a reimbursement claim is through your online account, or on our mobile app, AFmobile®.

    • Online
      1. Log in to your online account
      2. Click on the File a Claim button
      3. Select Reimbursement Account(s)
      4. Complete the claim form
      5. Click the Submit button
    • AFmobile
      1. Touch the Submit Reimbursement button on the AFmobile dashboard
      2. Complete the Claim Form
      3. Click the Submit button
    • Fax or Mail
      1. Download and complete a claim form and include all applicable documentation. Please note, paper claim filing is not the fastest option. File a claim online or through AFmobile to get your money faster.

    Eligible expenses must be incurred during your plan year. Log in to your online account to view your plan details. 

  • Turnaround time for claims processing is generally 3-5 business days after we receive all required documentation.

  • The fastest way to receive your reimbursement is through direct deposit.

    Sign up for direct deposit online by logging in to your online account and selecting Manage My Reimbursement Account. Hover over your name to access your Profilethen click the Edit button above Reimbursement Method.

    If you do not sign up for direct deposit, you will receive a check by mail. Note: This method will increase the time it takes to receive your reimbursement.

  • Log in to your online account and select your account to review your balance and transaction history.

    You can also view your account information from our app, AFmobile®. You can view your account balance from the dashboard or by clicking on your reimbursement account to view a complete transaction history. 

  • No, you may not add documentation to your existing denied claim. You will need to submit a new claim with the correct documentation.

LPFSA Features

Carryover Provisions

$570 of unused LPFSA contributions may carry over to the next plan year, dependent on your employer's selections.

Tax Benefits

Pre-tax contributions taken from your paycheck may reduce taxable income.

Multiple Filing Options

Pay for eligible expenses with a Benefits Debit Card, snap and submit a picture of receipts with AFmobile®, or upload documentation via your online account.

HSA Compatible

Utilizing an HSA and LPFSA together can help maximize savings and tax benefits.

 

How-To Videos

Shop for Eligible Items on the FSA Store

You may purchase FSA-eligible items online at the FSA Store. Browse medical supplies, over-the-counter medication, prescriptions, and more.

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