The 2014 open enrollment period ended on November 8, 2013. New state employees hired on or after November 1, 2013 may enroll for the 2014 plan year by submitting a Change in Status application within 60 days of their hire dates. Employees who experience a valid change in status on or after November 11, 2013 or during the 2014 plan year may be eligible to enroll by submitting a Change in Status application within 60 days of their qualifying event. Review the 2014 Change in Status information to determine if your situation qualifies you to enroll during the plan year. Change in Status requests will be accepted until November 9, 2014.
Please note: To comply with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, new employees who enroll in the Health Care Spending Account during the plan year will now have a 60 day waiting period before their coverage begins. Effective immediately, the Health Care Spending Account eligibility period for a new employee will begin on the 61st consecutive calendar day of employment.
Change To Use-It-Or-Lose-It Rule To Be Determined
The State of New York is aware that the IRS just announced changes to the Use-It-Or-Lose-It Rule for health flexible spending arrangements. The State of New York is currently reviewing the IRS ruling, so it has not made a decision to change the Health Care Spending Account rules at this time. Employees should NOT assume that the changes will be adopted when calculating their 2014 annual election amounts to enroll for the 2014 plan year.