The open enrollment period for the 2018 Flex Spending Accounts (Health Care Spending Account and Dependent Care Advantage Account) has begun and will continue through November 6, 2017. UUP members are eligible to enroll in these pre-tax savings programs.
DCAA Employer Contribution Sunset
Under previous UUP-NYS contracts, UUP members who enrolled for a Dependent Care Advantage Account were also eligible for an employer contribution to their DCAAccount to assist with dependent care expenses. While we expect the employer contribution to be restored once a new contract between UUP and the State is ratified, the employer contribution has now “sunset” following the expiration of the 2011-2016 Agreement and the State has not agreed to provide an employer contribution while contract negotiations are still in process.
Although the DCAA employer contribution is not currently available, interested members are strongly encouraged to enroll in the DCAA without it. Enrolling with an employee contribution for 2018 will still result in significant savings on dependent care expenses. In addition, it is the best way to protect eligibility for an employer contribution when contract negotiations conclude and the employer contribution becomes available for 2018.
Members who enroll in DCCA may enroll for an employee contribution of any amount from $1 to $5,000. Once a new contract is ratified and an employer contribution becomes available existing DCAAccounts will be credited with the employer contribution.
When this occurs:
- Members who have enrolled with employee contributions of less than the value of the employer contribution will have their DCAAccount credited with the amount of their employer contribution and their employee contributions will be refunded back to them.
- Members who have enrolled with employee contributions of greater than the value of the employer contribution will have their DCAAccount credited with the amount of their employer contribution. The equivalent amount of employee contributions will be refunded back to them. The total value of their DCAAccount will not be increased.
Interested members should visit www.flexspend.ny.gov for additional information and to access online enrollment before the close of the open enrollment period at midnight on November 6.
Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) Sunset
The “Planning for Option Transfer” materials that our members recently received, which announced the open enrollment period for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for 2018, excluded UUP-represented employees from eligibility for 2018. This occurred because PEP also “sunset” following the expiration of the 2011-2016 State/UUP Agreement absent separate agreement to extend it. While we also expect that PEP will be restored following ratification of a new UUP/NYS Contract, the State has not agreed to extend it while contract negotiations are still in process.