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Nicole Niemeyer of Clara City, left, helps Joe Johnson of New London select eyewear Friday at Family Eye Center in Willmar. As owners of flexible spending accounts prepare to elect into their employer’s plan for the coming year, Family Eye Center is one local business already receiving phone calls inquiring about the prices in 2013. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Those with flexible spending dollars have until month’s end to spend them

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WILLMAR — When Family Eye Center put together its employee schedule for December, general manager Val Selness made sure to plan for enough staff on hand at the end of the year.

Owners of flexible spending accounts have until Dec. 31 to use the money or lose it — and this often means a last-minute surge in spending on medical care, dental care, eyeglasses and other eligible health-related expenses.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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