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My concern is that although the orthodontic office said we don't owe anything until 2006 for services done in 2005, they billed the insurance company in 2005. Therefore the unreimbursed part ($500) of the bill falls in 2005 even though payment isn't due until 2006.

Question: Can the $500 unreimbursed part of the bill be paid in January from 2006 FSA funds since that is when I am being billed or does it fall into 2005 since that is when the orthodontic work was done?

The answer is simple, there's no way for us to know. You need to look at the rules for your plan. You may need to speak with the plan administrator. Generally, I believe the services need to be provided during the coverage period of the plan. Since you're looking at orthodontic work, there will be ongoing adjustments. So, my inclination would be to assume that the expenses will be covered, but never assume when it comes to insurance or taxes. Ask the questions and ask again until you are satisfied you have the official answer.


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