Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
The County of Santa Barbara offers you a Healthcare and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through Benefits Coordinator Corporation (BCC). You may participate in one or both plans.
Healthcare FSA Account
This plan allows you to pay for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses with pre-tax dollars. Eligible expenses include medical, dental, or vision costs such as plan deductibles, copays, coinsurance amounts, and other non-covered healthcare costs for you and your tax dependents.
Dependent Care FSA Account
This plan allows you to set aside up to $5,000 per household to pay for eligible out-of-pocket dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Eligible expenses may include daycare centers, in-home child care, and before or after school care for your dependent children under age 13. Other individuals may qualify if they are considered your tax dependent and are incapable of self-care.
The County of Santa Barbara would like to encourage employees to reduce their drive alone commuting by offering several different incentives under the Commuter Benefit Program. This could involve commuting by transit bus or van pool. This program is directed at those employees who commute into Santa Barbara from North County or from counties to the south of Santa Barbara.
Health Savings Account (HSA)
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is available to employees who participate in the Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). This is a tax-advantaged savings account that allows you to save pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified health expenses.