THE FLEXIBLE, AFFORDABLE ANSWER TO RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS
Now that you’ve left your employer, you — and your spouse and other dependents — can use your MERS Health Care Savings Program account for tax-free medical expense reimbursements. You must be vested at termination to withdraw your employer’s contributions.
How it works
Once your employer tells us about your separation, we will send you information on how to begin receiving reimbursements from your account.
If you are vested, your account including both your and your employer’s contributions, plus market performance, minus fees is available to reimburse you for eligible medical expenses to you, your spouse or legal dependents. View the complete list of these eligible medical expenses (pdf).
Once you separate from employment, you will see a transfer of $1,000 of your HCSP assets deposited into a money market fund (pdf) through Alerus. This ensures appropriate assets are available for reimbursement at the time you begin using your account for reimbursement of medical expenses. Your total account balance will always reflect the full market value as of the last business day and claims will be processed until your account reaches zero balance.
While money is still in the account, you’ll continue to monitor the investments you’ve select from the streamlined MERS Investment Menu. For more information, please read Understanding the MERS Investment Menu (pdf).
Click the links below for more about the MERS Health Care Savings Program.
- Understanding the MERS Investment Menu (pdf).
- You’ll receive quarterly statements detailing your retirement account.
- You can also log into your account to find up-to-the-minute information about your MERS retirement at any time.
- Service Center
- Our Service Center offers friendly, knowledgeable, over-the-phone assistance for a wide variety of benefit questions and issues. Service Center Staff is available during business hours at 800.767.2308.
Expenses & Reimbursements
Eligible Expenses and Reimbursement Options (pdf)
Claims Management Portal and Step-by-Step Reimbursement Guide (pdf)
MERS Investment Menu
Streamlined MERS HCSP Investment Menu.