What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

An FSA reduces your tax burden by setting aside money pre-tax for medical, dependent care, and transit/parking expenses.

The Medical Expense Reimbursement Program (MERP) can be used for qualifying medical, dental, and vision care expenses.

The Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP) can be used to pay for childcare expenses such as preschool, before or after school programs, and elder daycare.

The Transportation Reimbursement  Plan (TRP) can be used to pay for eligible commuting expenses to/from work (two types of TRPs are available; one for parking and one for transit).

How do FSAs work?

  • Begin by estimating your eligible, out-of-pocket health care, dependent care, and transit expenses for the upcoming year.
  • Use your estimate to enroll in a MERP, DCAP and/or TRP account. 
  • The money you elect for your FSA will be automatically deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. 
  • If you leave the County during the plan year, you may elect to participate in MERP COBRA

When can I sign up?

Enroll using Workday during these times:

  • New employees can sign up within 31 days of employment.
  • Every Open Enrollment period (in late Oct/early Nov), you can sign up for MERP/DCAP for the following plan year. You must enroll during Open Enrollment and select your contribution amount for every year you wish to participate in the plan.
  • You may also be able to change or enroll during the plan year due to certain qualifying events (new baby, marriage, some job changes). Contact us if you think you may have a qualifying life event!
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Call 800-422-7038 or email PacificSource Customer Service for: 

  • Help with initial online account setup
  • Questions about qualifying expenses
  • Debit card assistance
  • Assistance with submitting or re-submitting substantiating documentation (receipts)

Log in to your PacificSource Flex Account to see your account balance/s, submit claims, find additional forms and information, and to contact customer support. 

You can also use the PacificSource Mobile App to quickly and easily monitor your account and submit expenses from your mobile device.
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