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Enrollment At A Glance

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•  The 2013 open enrollment period for the Flex Spending Account (FSA) begins October 9, 2012, and continues through midnight on November 9, 2012.

•  If you are enrolled for the 2012 plan year, you must re-enroll to continue your benefits in 2013.

•  The 2013 plan year is January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

•  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 2013 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, 2012 must enroll during the 2013 open enrollment period if they wish to participate in the Flex Spending Account for 2013.

•  New state employees hired on or after November 1, 2012 who wish to participate in the FSA for 2013 must either enroll during the 2013 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 and Health Research, Inc. (HRI) are not eligible to participate in the Flex Spending Account program.

•  The DCAAccount Employer Contribution will continue in 2013 for unions that participate in the program and have ratified contracts with the State. At present, Executive Branch state agency employees who are M/C or represented by CSEA, PEF, Council 82, or NYSCOPBA or are employed by the Legislature are eligible for the DCAAccount Employer Contribution. Employees of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, and the Environmental Facilities Corporation are also eligible for the Employer Contribution.

•  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