October 14 - December 5, 2014

Enroll Today and Save Money in 2015
Lower HCSA Minimum, New Vendor,  and Lower Fee!

How does a FSA work?  Watch this Video.

Flexible Spending Account Open Enrollment Brochure pdf format of FSAbrochure.pdf

Enrollment in the GIC’s pre-tax program Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that saves state employees on average 25% of each dollar contributed, takes place October 14 – December 5, 2014 for 2015 calendar year benefits.  There are two options:

Health Care Spending Account

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) Almost all state employees should consider enrolling in this benefit.  Pay for your out-of-pocket health care expenses on a pretax basis:

  • Physician office and prescription drug copayments
  • Medical and dental deductibles and copayments
  • Eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses
  • Orthodontia, hearing aids and durable medical equipment

All active state employees who are eligible for GIC health benefits are eligible to enroll in the HCSA program.

Want to Start Small?  HCSA Minimum Now Lower

Contribute as little as $250 to the HCSA program.  This minimum has been reduced from $500, allowing more employees to try this money-saving program.  The IRS increased the maximum allowance on October 30, 2014; you may elect to contribute up to $2,550 for 2015.

Dependent Care Assistance Program

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) Pay up to $5,000 on a pre-tax basis for day care, after-school programs, elder day care and day camp expenses that enable you (and your spouse if you have one) to work.  These expenses are generally for a dependent under age 13, but can also be for an older live-in adult who is incapable of self-care. Active state employees, including contractors, who work half-time or more and have DCAP-eligible employment-related expenses are eligible to enroll in the DCAP program.

New Vendor

The GIC has selected Application Software, Inc. (ASIFlex) as the new administrator of the Flexible Spending Account Program effective January 1, 2 015.  The company provides pretax benefits to over 400 clients including 10 states and over 60 educational institutions.  Benefit Strategies will continue to administer the FSA program for current participants through the end of 2014 and also remains the Comptroller’s administrator of the pre-tax transportation benefit. See the FSA Transition article for additional details.

How Does the Program Work?

Make your election for the year and it’s put into your HCSA and/or DCAP account.  With the HCSA program, you and your eligible dependent will receive a free debit card to conveniently pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses as you incur eligible costs.  Alternately, you can pay for the expenses and then submit a claim form with receipt to receive reimbursement by check or direct deposit, depending on which option you have elected.  For DCAP, obtain the dependent care provider’s signature on the claim form and get reimbursed. 

ASIFlex has a mobile app that makes claims submission fast and convenient.  Simply take a picture of the receipt or other documentation, such as your plan’s Explanation of Benefits, with your mobile device’s camera, attach and send with the claim.

Reduced Administrative Fee!

The monthly administrative fee will decrease by over 30%, a $1.10 per month reduction!  The fee for HCSA only, DCAP only, or HCSA and DCAP combined will be $2.50 on a pretax basis effective January 1, 2015.

2 ½ Month Grace Period

You have until March 15, 2016, to incur claims and until April 15, 2016, to submit claims for your 2015 election.  As always, it’s important to estimate your elections carefully as the Internal Revenue Service requires that unused funds be forfeited after the grace period.

Enroll No Later Than Friday, December 5

Don’t miss out on this chance to save money by enrolling in one or both FSA programs.  Enroll no later than Friday, December 5, for your 2015 benefits.  Current participants must re-enroll each year; follow the online enrollment instructions on the forms section of our website.  New participants complete and return to your Payroll Coordinator the enrollment form, also on the forms section. For additional details, call ASIFlex at 1.800.659.3035.

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .