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How to enroll in flexible spending account (FSA) benefits

If you’re an active state employee, you can save money by paying for qualifying health care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
E-forms must be completed within 10 calendar days from your date of hire. If you do not enroll as a new employee, you will be eligible to enroll in HCSA and/or DCAP during open enrollment or if you have a "change in status".

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As of July 1, 2019 Benefit Strategies will be the GIC’s new Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Administrator

What does this mean for you?

  • Enroll or re-enroll conveniently online between April 3-May 1, 2019, for benefits starting July 1, 2019. Visit www.benstrat.com/gic-fsa
  • Current ASIFlex FSA members will have a claim and debit card blackout period, June 17-June 30, 2019
  • Between June 17 – June 30 pay out of pocket and save receipts to submit claims for reimbursement to Benefit  Strategies
  • Benefit Strategies will handle all claims starting on July 1, 2019. This includes the FY2019 2 ½ month grace period and the FY2020 plan year.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA):

Active state employees who are GIC benefits eligible may participate in the HCSA program. Enrollment in one of the GIC’s benefit plans is not required. New employee coverage begins on the first day of the month following 60 calendar days from the first date of employment or two calendar months, whichever comes first. Employees must work at least 18.75 hours in a 37.5 hour workweek or 20 hours per 40 hour workweek. To maintain eligibility, you must continually meet the hourly minimums. You may claim health care expenses under the HCSA plan for you, your spouse, and/or your eligible tax dependents for claims incurred after your effective date.

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP): 

Active state employees who are GIC health care benefits eligible and have eligible dependent care expenses, for a dependent child under the age of 13 and/or a disabled adult dependent, that are necessary for the employee (and spouse, if married) to be able to work may enroll in the DCAP program. Employees hired during the Plan Year are eligible for DCAP on the first day of employment. Employees must work at least 18.75 hours in a 37.5 hour workweek or 20 hours per 40 hour workweek. To maintain eligibility, you must continually meet the hourly minimums.

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Name Fee Unit
Administrative fee $2 per participant/month

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Complete the online eform:  benstrat.com/gic-fsa/

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Re-Enrolling Participants: You must re-enroll each year to continue benefits. If you were enrolled in either or both plans in FY2019 with ASIFlex then you will enroll on Benefit Strategies’ website during open enrollment. Go to benstrat.navigatorsuite.com to create your username and password for the online portal. Once logged in, click the “Enroll Now” button on the home page.

New Hires and New Participants: Enrollment e-forms must be completed within 10 calendar days from your date of hire. If you choose not to enroll as a new employee, you will be eligible to enroll in the HCSA and/or DCAP plans for the upcoming Plan Year during open enrollment, unless you have a “change in status” (see “Making Changes to Your Election” on page 7 of the participant handbook). Enrollment for the HCSA or DCAP takes place before the beginning of each plan year. To join the plan during open enrollment you must complete the HCSA/DCAP Enrollment e-Form, which is available at benstrat.com/gic-fsa. You must re-enroll each year to continue benefits.

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