Dependent Care Assistance Program benefits (DCAP)

If you’re an active state employee, you can save money by paying for qualifying dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.

The Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) allows state employees to pay for qualified dependent care expenses for a child under the age of 13, a disabled child age 13 or older, and/or an adult dependent – including day care, before- and after-school programs, elder day care, and day camp – on a pre-tax basis. You may elect a tax year DCAP contribution of up to $2,500 if married and fling separately or $5,000 per household. In keeping with state statute, to participate in DCAP, you must be an active state employee and eligible for GIC benefits.

Eligibility & monthly fee

If you’re an active state employee who is eligible for GIC health benefits, you’re eligible to enroll in the HCSA. You must also work at least 18.75 hours in a 37.5-hour work week or 20 hours in a 40-hour work week (half-time) to be eligible.

For the 2019 fscal year, the monthly administrative fee for HCSA only, DCAP only, or HCSA and DCAP combined is $2.50 on a pre-tax basis.


All HCSA participants receive two free debit cards from ASIFlex to pay for health care expenses out of their HCSA account. Additional cards for other dependents are $5.00 per set of two cards. For DCAP participants, and as an alternative for HCSA participants, you may pay for expenses and then submit a claim form with receipt(s) to receive reimbursement by check or direct deposit. ASIFlex has an online tool and mobile app to help expedite your claims submission. As required by the IRS, keep copies of all HCSA and DCAP receipts with your tax documents.

Additional Resources for Reimbursement

Key FSA dates

  • 2019 Fiscal Plan Year: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
  • Annual Enrollment: April 4 – May 2, 2018
  • 2½-Month Grace Period: July 1 – September 15, 2019
  • Claim Filing Deadline: October 15, 2019