Enrollment At A Glance

spacer Important Open Enrollment Information

•  The 2016 open enrollment period for the Flex Spending Account (FSA) begins October 5, 2015, and continues through midnight on November 9, 2015.

•  If you are enrolled for the 2015 plan year, you must re-enroll to continue your benefits in 2016.

•  The 2016 plan year is January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

•  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 NYS EMPLID number, department ID, and negotiating unit information available to complete your 2016 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 4, 2015 must enroll during the 2016 open enrollment period if they wish to participate in the Flex Spending Account for 2016.

•  New state employees who are hired during the open enrollment period must enroll by submitting an open enrollment application by November 9, 2015.

•  New state employees who are unable to enroll by the November 9 deadline because they have not been assigned a NYS EMPLID may enroll for the 2016 plan year by submitting a 2016 change in status (CIS) application within 60 days of their hire date.

•  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 2016 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, UUP, Council 82, DC-37, GSEU, 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. The Employer Contribution may be available to state employees in other bargaining units for the 2016 plan year pending conclusion of negotiations and ratified contracts, but will not be applied retroactively to the beginning of the plan year. Based on salary, the Employer Contribution will provide up to $800 for eligible employees who enroll in the DCAAccount. For Employer Contribution updates please visit the FSA website or call 1-800-358-7202.


Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor