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Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Open Enrollment is upon us! Flexible Spending applications will be accepted from Monday, November 1, 2021 to Friday, November 19, 2021. Flexible Spending calendar year elections will be effective as of January 1, 2022.

As a reminder, you MUST ENROLL ANNUALLY to continue to participate in Flexible Spending.

To enroll for the 2022 calendar year, please click on the following link to be taken to online enrollment portal on Benefit Strategies website.

For online enrollment instructions, click here.

If you prefer to submit your form to the Personnel Benefits Office, please find the link to the form here. Completed forms may be sent via email to Should you have any questions, you may also call us at 617-625-6600 ext 3324.


This benefit is available to all benefit-eligible active employees. By participating in a Flexible Spending Account, you will not pay federal or state taxes on your elected amount.  


Forms & Information

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Two Types of Flexible Spending Accounts

The Health Care Flexible Spending Account allows you to set aside between $1 and $2,700.00 annually for your medical/dental and other eligible out-of-pocket health-related expenses.

The Dependent Care Spending Account allows you to set aside between $1 and $5,000.00 annually to pay for qualifying work-related child (up to age 13) or adult daycare expenses.

You decide how much you wish to put into your accounts for the plan year, and then pre-tax deductions will be taken from your paycheck. As you incur your out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses throughout the Plan Year, simply submit a claim form, along with a receipt, to the City's Flexible Spending Account Plan Administrator and they will reimburse you directly from your account(s).

How do I enroll in the Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Plan?

All eligible employees will be able to enroll online through the Benefit Strategies website at during annual Open Enrollment. Please find attached the On-Line Enrollment Instruction Guide that will assist you on enrolling in your benefit. If you do not have access to a computer, you can complete the Flexible Spending Account Enrollment Form and return it to the Personnel Office at City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143 during the Open Enrollment period.

Please contact Personnel at 617-625-6600 x3324 with any questions about the Flexible Spending Benefit.

Important Note

Estimate your expenses carefully - IRS regulations state that any unused funds remaining in the accounts at the end of the plan year must be forfeited. Please note that the unused balance in your account at the end of the plan year (December 31st) may be used for expenses that you incur during the grace period. The grace period is the 2 ½ month period after the end of the plan year (March 15th). You must submit claims incurred during the grace period for reimbursement within 90 days after the end of the plan year (March 31st). All claims must be received or postmarked as of March 31st.

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