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HR Updates for Employees

  • Have questions about the changes to State pension plan provisions after July 1,  2022? You can find your answers in this powerpoint presentation.
  • The Office of the State Comptroller has announced the temporary increase in the annual amount that participants in the Dependent Care Account Plan (DCAP) can exclude from income to cover eligible depending care expenses during 2021. 

    Increase of DCAP Plan Maximum to $10,500

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 allows employers to amend their dependent care assistance programs to allow employees to contribute up to $10,500 for the tax year (or $5,250 for individuals married and filing separately).  The Comptroller has elected to make this change. 

    Mid-Year Election Changes Permitted

    The DCAP is governed by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and U.S. Department of the Treasury regulations, which limit circumstances under which an employee may change his or her election once it has been made for a given plan year unless the member experiences a qualifying status change.  These restrictions have been relaxed for the 2021 Plan Year. 

    Mid-Year Increases or Decreases

    Employees who elected to participate in the DCAP for Plan Year 2021 can on -- a prospective basis only—revoke an election, make a new election, decrease, or increase an existing election.  Employees should make sure that their total contributions to the DCAP for 2021 (including any unspent funds from 2020) do not exceed their dependent care expenses. 

    Mid-Year Enrollment Permitted

    Employees who did not sign up to participate in the DCAP for 2021 have the opportunity to enroll in the plan for the remainder of the current Plan Year without demonstrating a qualifying status change.

    Claims Submission Reminder

    Employees with unused DCAP funds from the 2020 Plan Year, must submit all claims for reimbursement from those (2020) funds no later than December 31, 2021.  Employees will have until March 31, 2022 to submit claims for reimbursement of eligible 2021 expenses using amounts contributed to the DCAP in the current calendar year. 

    All mid-year election/enrollment changes must be submitted to Progressive Benefits Solutions (PBS).  Forms for 2021 mid-year elections for DCAP, Form CO-1310a, are posted online at http://www.ctpbs.com.  The forms may be returned as follows:  Email: enrollment@pbscard.com; Fax: 203-974-4898; or US Mail:  Progressive Benefit Solutions, 14 Business Park Drive #8, Branford, CT  06405 

    Questions concerning enrollment in the DCAP should be directed to PBS at 1-866-906-8023. 

  • Please check the Employee Notifications Page for lateest information regarding COVID.

     

  • An Urgent Message to all State Employees and Partnership Plan Members in the Health Enhancement Program:

    This is a message to alert all State employees and Partnership Plan members that the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) requirements are indefinitely suspended until further notice for all HEP enrollees and their dependents.

    This indefinite suspension is being implemented to alleviate the stress on all Connecticut physician and medical provider groups that must prioritize their focus on Covid-19 response and other emergencies that may arise. There will be no penalties implemented for outstanding HEP requirements for calendar year 2019. The calendar year 2020 compliance monitoring is suspended until further notice. Members will be notified when compliance monitoring resumes for 2020 and any corresponding compliance year extensions or additional penalty waivers.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding and assure you that we will do our best to keep all employees informed of any other developments as they may arise.

    Again, the goal of this indefinite suspension of HEP requirements, and elimination of any noncompliance penalties, is to reduce the strain on medical providers related to non-emergency visits.

    As always, if you have any questions related to HEP, please email HEPquestions@Connect2YourHealth.com or call 877-687-1448.

     

    Office of the State Comptroller

     

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    20-21 ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR MEDICAL & DENTAL PLANS

    The State of Connecticut 20-21 annual Open Enrollment (OE) period is from September 8, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

    Effective 10/1/2020, Anthem will be the only medical carrier for active state employees and retirees under the age of 65. 

    Employees who are currently enrolled in an Oxford medical plan will automatically default to the corresponding Anthem medical plan.

  • President Trump signed House Bill 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”) into law on March 18, 2020.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has now released guidance that the new law is effective on April 1, 2020 and remains in effect through December 31, 2020.  Leave taken under this Act is not retroactive.  

    In general, the Act provides that employees are eligible for: 

    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work (or telework) because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
    • Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work (or telework)  because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
    • Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work (or telework) due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • In order to adhere to social distancing and limiting person to person contact, the Office of the State Comptroller will not be holding in-person open enrollment fairs at Agency locations.  All previously scheduled in-person open enrollment fairs will be cancelled. In lieu of in-person open enrollment fairs we are preparing a comprehensive plan to provide all necessary open enrollment health insurance information to state agencies, employees and retirees. This outreach will include direct mailings, online live and taped presentations and webinars.

    Additional communications will be sent as we approach our annual open enrollment period which runs this year from May 4th to May 29th, 2020. 

    Tracy A. Cellillie, Assistant Director

    Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services Division

    Office of the State Comptroller