Open Enrollment: New Lifestyle Spending Accounts Coming in 2023

During Open Enrollment, Ohio State is sharing information about a new benefit that will be available in 2023 – Lifestyle Spending Accounts (LSA). An LSA allows you to personalize your benefits and be reimbursed for eligible expenses that support overall health and well-being. You can use these funds for a broad variety of purchases and activities related to emotional, physical, financial and social well-being.

Sample Expenses include, but are not limited to:
Health and Fitness Home, Work and Family Emotional Wellness Social and Personal
  • Gym memberships and equipment
  • Produce buy club / CSA
  • Athletic apparel and shoes
  • Race registration fees
  • Child’s jogging stroller
  • Emergency home utility payment
  • Credit counseling
  • Emergency car repair (not fuel or routine maintenance)
  • Books
  • Massage services not prescribed by a doctor
  • Meditation or mindfulness classes
  • Sleep products, such as blackout curtains and lumbar pillows
  • Club Membership (e.g., Faculty Club)
  • Botanical garden, museum, zoo membership
  • Photography lessons
  • Board games and puzzles

View the complete list of eligible expenses.

Funded by the university, a quarterly contribution of $125 will be allocated to eligible employees on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 to be used during that quarter. No enrollment is needed to receive the funds or participate in the LSA.

Please note, eligible employees will need to be employed in an eligible position on the quarterly allocation dates to receive the contribution for that quarter.

Open Enrollment for the 2023 benefit plan year is November 1-15, 2022. Learn more about 2023 Open Enrollment and your benefit options.

The university has a commitment to provide high-quality, affordable health and wellness opportunities that represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State.

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