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2015 Open Enrollment Now Through November 7, 2014
15 Days Remaining

If you've been thinking about enrolling in the NYS Flex Spending Account to save on your eligible dependent care and unreimbursed health care expenses, NOW is the time to do something about it. The paperless enrollment process is quick and easy. Make sure you have your most recent pay stub available since you will need your NYS EMPLID, Department ID and Negotiating Unit code to apply. You have until midnight on November 7, 2014 to apply for enrollment for 2015.

If you need assistance with the enrollment process, please call Customer Service at 1-800-358-7202 (press 1). Representatives are available from 7 am to 10 pm daily, and will be available until midnight on November 7, 2014.

GSEU Notification

Due to the newly ratified agreement between the State and the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU), the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) Employer Contribution will be available for GSEU-represented employees for the 2015 plan year. GSEU-represented employees will be eligible for a $600 Employer Contribution, regardless of salary.

2014 Changes in Status and New Employees

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 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 2015 annual election amounts to enroll for the 2015 plan year.

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor