FSA Dependent Care Advantage Account: COVID-19 change-in-status information

SUNY New Paltz employees can 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 as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

A change in care provider and or change in work schedule (for the employee or their spouse) are events that will allow employees to stop or reduce their deductions or to newly enroll in the program.

See the DCAA website for eligible change in status information at goer.ny.gov/dependent-care-advantage-account. Employees can submit their change or enroll online at goer.ny.gov/enroll-online or over the phone at (800) 358-7202.

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

Reducing or stopping DCAA payroll contributions does not impact 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 an employee enrolled during open enrollment, the money in their DCAA remains in their account for them to use for any DCAA expenses from Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020. If they enrolled following a change in status, account funds may be accessed beginning with the change in status start date through Dec. 31, 2020.

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