2022 Flexible Spending Open Enrollmentwill end on November 29, 2021 at 10:00 P.M.
The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) provides three pre-tax opportunities for employees
to enroll in- the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA), the Dependent Care Advantage
Account (DCAA), and the new Adoption Advantage Account.
Employees may choose to enroll in one, two or all three accounts. Paperless enrollment
makes it easy for employees to apply online or through a toll-free number.
Health Care Spending Account
The annual contribution that an employee may make to the HCSA is $2,750 for the 2022
plan year. The maximum contribution may change annually since it is indexed to inflation.
Contributions are made through pre-tax payroll deductions and may be used for eligible
health care expenses that are not covered by a health insurance plan.
Employees who enroll in the HCSA for 2022 will be issued the WageWorks® Healthcare
Card, which is a preloaded debit card. Employees can use the Card to pay for eligible
health care products, medical services, and prescriptions right from their account
instead of paying with cash or a credit card. The Card can’t be used to pay for dental,
orthodontia, dependent care, or adoption expenses. However, paper claim forms and
receipts can be submitted online for approval.
Over the counter drugs and medicines are now eligible for reimbursement without a
written prescription through the HCSA. In addition, menstrual care products are now
considered medical expenses that are eligible for reimbursement through the HCSA.
Dependent Care Advantage Account
State employees may contribute up to $5,000 per year per household in the DCAA for
elder care, disabled dependent care, or child care expenses. Employees’ contributions
are deducted biweekly from their gross pay and deposited into the appropriate account.
After eligible services have been received, the employee submits a claim form for
The DCAA employer contribution will be available in 2022 for unions that participate
in the employer contribution program. The following employees are currently eligible
for the employer contribution:
State University of New York employees who are designated M/C or represented by PEF,
CSEA, UUP, GSEU, NYSCOPBA, or DC-37
The employer contribution may be available to state employees in other bargaining
units for the 2022 plan year pending conclusion of negotiations and ratified contracts.
Based on salary, the employer contribution will provide up to $800 for eligible employees
who enroll in the DCAA.
For employer contribution updates, please visit the FSA website at www.flexspend.ny.gov or call (800)358-7202.
Adoption Advantage Account
Eligible state employees may contribute up to $14,440 in the Adoption Advantage Account
for the 2022 plan year. Contributions are made through pre-tax payroll deductions
and may be used for expenses related to the adoption of an eligible child.
Use It or Lose It
Due to the tax advantage that flexible spending accounts provide, the IRS has strict
guidelines regarding contributions. According to IRS regulations, any 2022 contributions
that remains in the FSA account at the end of the three-month runout period, January
1 through March 31, 2023, is forfeited.
This is commonly known as the “use it or lose it” rule. We strongly encourage employees
to carefully estimate their annual expenses and to submit their claims before the
end of the runout period.
If you are interested in newly enrolling in the plan, or you want to continue your
enrollment in 2022, you must register by the deadline (November 29th at 10:00 p.m.).
To register, you must visit www.flexspend.ny.gov and provide the following information:
New York State ID# (Begins with the letter N)
Department Code (listed as Agency Code)
Negotiating Unit Code
All of the required information can be found on your pay stub. To view, log into SOLAR
and click Payroll and Compensation, then View Paycheck.