EAP Open House
Do you know what the Employee Assistance Program is? Do you know what it can do for you? Come to the EAP open house on Friday, November 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bulger Communication Center third-floor lobby and find out. EAP provides support to all New York State employees, retirees, and family members, including referral services, as well as wellness and support services. Stop by and meet the EAP committee members and coordinators and see the EAP Office. We will share information and answer questions about what the committee does and what services the coordinators provide. We hope to see you there.
2018 NYS Flex Spending Account Open Enrollment: October 2-November 6
Open enrollment for the 2018 NYS Flex Spending Account (FSA) begins Monday, October 2, and ends Monday, November 6. The account offers two benefits: the Health Care Spending Account (HCSAccount) and the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount).
The HCSAccount allows employees to set aside from $100 to $2,600 annually in pretax salary to pay for health-care expenses not reimbursed by health insurance.
The DCAAccount allows employees to set aside up to $5,000 annually in pretax salary for eligible child care, elder care, or disabled dependent care expenses.
The DCAAccount employer contribution will be available to M/C employees and those represented by CSEA, PEF, or GSEU for the 2018 plan year. Future availability of the employer contribution for employees represented by other labor unions depends on the outcome of negotiations between the state and the unions.
Employees who do not work for 26 pay periods should consider electing a shorter time frame for their deductions so they do not lose coverage while off the payroll. For example, faculty members who are not paid through the summer should elect to have all deductions taken in the spring semester in order to have coverage for all of 2018.
Participants currently enrolled in the HCSAccount or DCAAccount must re-enroll to continue benefits in 2018.
Paperless enrollment is quick, easy, and secure. For program details or to enroll in the FSA, visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call the FSA hotline at (800) 358-7202.
The November 6 deadline for 2018 enrollment will be strictly enforced.
Seeking Wellness Volunteers
Do you have a talent, expertise, or skill that you are willing to share with the Buffalo State community? EAP is seeking volunteers to facilitate a workshop or session for campus faculty and staff. Please contact EAP with your wellness related topic and availability and we will do the rest! Topics or activities may include parenting, finances, child and elder care, managing stress, yoga, Pilates, dance. If you are willing to donate your talents or would like to make a suggestion, please contact Suzanne Johnson.