E COUNTY LINE

March is Nutrition Month

Michelle Stewart
Michelle Stewart, Broward County’s "Food Guru"
March is Nutrition Month, a great time to incorporate healthy food items from every food group and avoid extreme diets. Yes, the triangular food pyramid still applies and serves as a reminder that we need to include these items in our daily food intake.

Employee Benefit Services has great events scheduled throughout the County, such as nutritional consultations, the dynamics of food, portion control and learning to eat right. Meet or reacquaint yourself with Broward County’s Food Guru, Michelle Stewart, by attending one of many wellness events. Have a one-on-one with Michelle and ask questions! Her motto is “Eat Less, Move More.”

Don’t worry, she won’t tell you to stop eating and stick to salads every day. She will help you set realistic goals and find the optimal diet for you.

Visit the MyWellness site for a schedule of events. You can also visit Michelle’s site, The Nutrition Planner, to learn new healthy lifestyle tips.

For more information, contact Employee Benefit Services at benefits@broward.org.

2012 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Expenses – Submit to FBMC by March 31

The deadline to submit expenses for employees who contributed to their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in 2012 is Sunday, March 31, 2013. County funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) balances have rolled over and can be used for 2012 or 2013 health expenses. Examples of eligible FSA expenses include:

Unused 2012 FSA balances will not roll over and are forfeited under the IRS “Use It or Lose It” rule. The deadline for submission to your 2012 FSA (Medical Expense or Dependent Care) was December 31, 2012. HRA/FSA combined claim forms are available on the BC-Net “Form” page under Human Resources - Employee Benefit Services or visit myfbmc.com.

Note: If you were also enrolled in a Consumer Driven Health plan with a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) in 2012, covered health claims must first be submitted to the HRA, and if exhausted, then to the Medical FSA.

2013 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) Expenses

2012 HRA balances rolled over in January and have been added to the 2013 HRA allotment. Members can use their HRA account balance for 2012 or 2013 health and pharmacy expenses.

When submitting forms for reimbursement or documentation, they must be accompanied by either an “Explanation of Benefits” from Humana or an itemized bill/receipt showing:

As our administrator, FBMC is required by IRS rules to determine whether the expense is eligible for reimbursement.

Pharmacy co-pay claims require an itemized pharmacy receipt.

Note: If you have a Medical FSA, pharmacy claims will be paid out of the FSA first, HRA second.

Health and Wellness Tip

Food preferences, cultural traditions and sophisticated taste buds vary from person to person. One healthy diet may work wonders for your coworker, but may not have the same impact on you. An article provided by Humana, Learn How to Eat Right for Life sums up the basics of a diet and provides general dietary guidelines to follow.

Read the complete article.