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Enrollment At A Glance

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•  The 2012 open enrollment period for the Flex Spending Account (FSA) begins October 14, 2011, and continues through midnight on November 14, 2011.

•  If you are enrolled for the 2011 plan year, you must re-enroll to continue your benefits in 2012.

•  The 2012 plan year is January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.

•  Enrollment is paperless. You may apply for enrollment online or by calling toll free at 1-800-358-7202.

•  You will need to have your social security number, department ID, and negotiating unit information available to complete your 2012 enrollment application. This information can be found on your most recent paystub.

•  The online enrollment system offers many helpful features. It allows you to check the status of your submitted application(s), change your password, and update your address and email information.

•  New state employees hired on or before October 31, 2011 must enroll during the 2012 open enrollment period if they wish to participate in the Flex Spending Account for 2012.

•  New state employees hired on or after November 1, 2011 who wish to participate in the FSA for 2012 must either enroll during the 2012 open enrollment period or submit a change in status application within 60 days of the start of their employment.

•  Employees of the SUNY Research Foundation, Health Research, Inc. (HRI), and NYS Thruway Authority are not eligible to participate in the Flex Spending Account program.

•  The current DCAAccount Employer Contribution ends at the end of 2011. Future availability of the Employer Contribution depends on the outcome of negotiations between the State and the unions that participate in the program. For Employer Contribution updates please call 1-800-358-7202.

•  A marriage between same-sex spouses is not recognized under federal law. However, under federal law, a domestic partnerís health care or dependent care expenses are eligible for reimbursement through the Flex Spending Account if the domestic partner is a qualifying relative under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Therefore, if a same-sex spouse meets the federal requirements of a domestic partner to be a qualifying relative under the IRC, the same-sex spouseís health care or dependent care expenses would be eligible for reimbursement through the Flex Spending Account. Since a marriage between same-sex spouses is not recognized under federal law, those events that are eligible for a change in status for married couples would not apply to same-sex married couples.


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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor