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Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

FSA Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) COVID-19 Change in Status Information

Employees may stop their Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) deductions, change their election amounts, or enroll in the DCAA if they experience an eligible change in status. A change in care provider and or change in work schedule (for the employee or spouse) are events, as a result of the current pandemic, that will allow employees to stop or reduce their deductions or even to newly enroll in the program. See the Governor's Office of Employee Relations website for eligible change-in-status information. Employees may submit their change or enroll online or over the phone at (800) 358-7202.

There is no limit to the number of changes an employee may submit during the year. Employees may stop now and re-enroll over the summer or next fall with the occurrence of another change in status event, until November 1, 2020.

Reducing or stopping DCAA payroll contributions does not affect an existing DCAA balance. Any money contributed (including the employer contribution) to a DCAA remains in an employee's account to use during the plan year. If employees enrolled during open enrollment, the money in their DCAA remains in their account for them to use for any DCAA expenses from January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. If they enrolled following a change in status, account funds may be accessed beginning with the change in status start date through December 31, 2020.

Employees should direct questions to WageWorks customer service by phone at (800) 358-7202 or by e-mail to fsa@goer.ny.gov.

Submitted by: Linda L. Kravitz
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