Add Flexibility to Your Benefits Plan with a Personal Spending Account
Published: Jul 12 | 2017
Modified: Feb 05 | 2019
Personal Spending Accounts (also known as Wellness Spending Accounts) are all the rage these days! These accounts are a great way to provide additional health and well-being options to employees above and beyond what is covered under their traditional benefits plan.
Employers typically design the Personal Spending Account (PSA) by allocating a set amount of money to each employee or defining a percentage of their salary that goes towards their spending account. The employer sets the rolling type and determines the frequency of allocation – monthly, quarterly, or annually.
The big bonus? PSAs are a taxable benefit for your employees.
I’ve heard a lot about Health Care Spending Accounts. How is a Personal Spending Account/Wellness Spending Account different?
The big difference between a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) and a Personal Spending Account (PSA) is what is covered. HCSAs cover eligible health, dental, and medical claims as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency. Employers typically offer HCSAs as a way to provide coverage above their traditional benefits plan coverage.
On the other hand, PSAs cover a wide-range of health and well-being benefits. These can include but are not limited to, gym memberships, education fees, caregiver support programs, and childcare.
How Does a Personal Spending Account/Wellness Spending Account Work?
Similar to a Health Care Spending Account (HCSA), employees with a Personal Spending Account (PSA) submit their claims to their insurance provider. If the service is covered by the PSA, the employee will be reimbursed for their claim – simple as that!
Depending on the PSA provider you are working with, some will allow you to limit what can be covered under a PSA. If you want the PSA to only cover fitness-related fees, you can set those parameters in your plan design.
What does a Personal Spending Account/Wellness Spending Account cover?
The possibilities are endless for what a Personal Spending Account (PSA) can cover! Here are a few eligible expenses: