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Flexible Spending Accounts 

Cook County offers easy to use flexible spending accounts that allow employees to pay for healthcare, childcare, elder care and commuter benefits using pre tax money deducted from your paycheck.   

When you are estimating your health care expenses for the year, keep in mind you can set up a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for eligible expenses. When you enroll, you decide how much you will set aside from your pay before taxes.

Health Care FSA

Use these funds to pay for a broad array of eligible expenses (such as deductibles, copays, dental and vision care and prescriptions) incurred by you or your eligible dependents. ConnectYourCare provides a Health Care FSA payment card for these expenses. Health Care FSA contributions are limited to $2,750 for 2020 and will remain the same ($2,750) for 2021.

Employees have until March 15, 2021 to spend remaining funds in their health care FSA for the 2020 plan year. March 31, 2021 is the deadline to submit paper claims and receipts to ConnectYourCare for covered expenses in the 2020 plan year.

By federal law, any funds remaining in these accounts at the end of the grace period cannot be rolled over or be refunded.


Vendor Information

Optum Financial





Optum Financial Claim Form 



Optum Financial - Mythbusters 

Optum Financial - Flexible Spending Account Q&As

Optum Financial - Common FSA Eligible/Ineligible Expenses


Shop for FSA eligible items

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