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Reinstatement of Provisions for 2022 Calendar Year

Federal legislation issued in 2020/2021 permitted the State System to adopt many temporary provisions in order to provide more flexibility to participants with their FSA funds. 

For the 2022 calendar year, the State System is reinstating our standard FSA provisions. Below is what will be changing for 2022:

Health Care
- Carryover up to $55​​0 of unused 2021 FSA balance

Dependent Care
- Carryover from 2021 FSA is not permitted
- Remaining 2021 FSA balance forfeited after March 31, 2022
- Maximum election reinstated at $5,000
- Reimbursement permitted of eligible expenses for dependents up to age 13​​

​Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts provide tax savings on your out-of-pocket health expenses like:

- Copays for Prescriptions or Doctor Office Visits
- Dental Care or Braces
- Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
- Laser Vision Correction
- Eligible Over-the-Counter Items
- Maximum Election $2,750​

Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP)

​Dependent Care Assistance Program is a welcome money saver for today's working parents. It allows you to set aside pre-tax money for eligible dependent day care expenses so you can work including:

- Day Care
- Summer Camp
- Before/After School Programs
- Elder Care
- Maximum Election $5,000

​HSA Reminder

A health savings account (HSA) is available to an eligible individual who has high deductible health coverage as long as the individual has no other impermissible health coverage. A general purpose FSA is impermissible and renders an individual ineligible to make contributions to an HSA even when it’s their spouse enrolled in a general purpose FSA. The State System does not offer an HSA plan but if your spouse is enrolled in an HSA plan offered by their employer, this may impact your FSA enrollment.

Changing FSA/DCAP Elections

​Within 60 days of a qualifying event​, you must submit a Change in Status/Election Form​ and supporting documentation to your employer. Upon the approval of your election change request, your existing elections will be stopped or modified (as appropriate). Other events, such as change in child care expenses, may qualify to change your election amount.

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