Great news for state employees who plan to send their children (under age 13) to summer day camp in order to work! Change in Care Provider (including summer day camp) is an eligible Change in Status event, allowing you to enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) for the remainder of 2015.
The Employer Contribution is also available to eligible employees who enroll in the DCAAccount to help pay for summer day camp expenses.
2015 Changes in Status and New Employees
The 2015 open enrollment period ended on November 7, 2014. New state employees hired on or after
October 6, 2014 who were unable to enroll
by the November 7 deadline because they had not been assigned a NYS EMPLID may enroll for the
2015 plan year by submitting a Change in Status application within 60 days
of their hire date. Current employees who experience a
valid change in status on or after November 8, 2014 or during the 2015 plan year may be eligible to enroll by submitting
a Change in Status application within 60 days of their qualifying event.
Review the 2015 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 8, 2015.
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.
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.