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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and IRS Notice 2020-21 allow for the following changes to TexFlexSM flexible spending accounts (FSAs). Please note that most changes apply only to FSAs, but one also applies to health savings accounts (HSAs):

FSA payment or reimbursement for over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and medicines no longer requires a doctor's prescription. This means that participants in a health care FSA can now use the benefit to pay for OTC items like cold medicine, allergy medicine and pain relievers, without having to make an extra trip to the doctor for a prescription. This new guideline is effective immediately and is retroactive to January 1, 2020.

Menstrual care products can now be paid for or reimbursed through an FSA, HSA or health reimbursement account (HRA). This will allow participants in a health care FSA, HSA or HRA to use their benefit to pay for menstrual care products. These are now considered qualified expenses. This new guideline is effective immediately and is retroactive to January 1, 2020. (Please note: The Texas Employees Group Benefits Program does not offer HRAs.)

In health care and limited-purpose FSAs, the carryover amount will increase to a maximum of $550 in Plan Year 2021 (ending August 31, 2021). The carryover amount for the current plan year (ending August 31, 2020) remains up to $500. The carryover is automatic and only applies to the health care and limited-purpose FSAs. The carryover amount increases to $550 for Plan Year 2021.

FSA participants can make changes to their Plan Year 2020 FSA elections without a qualifying life event (QLE), including decreasing contributions or ending enrollment through August 31, 2020. Participants should contact their Benefits Coordinator if they want to enroll in, increase or decrease contributions, or end their FSA.

Health care, limited-purpose and/or dependent care FSA participants have an extended amount of time to use their Plan Year 2020 funds to pay for eligible expenses. Participants can submit claims through December 31, 2020 for eligible expenses incurred through December 31, 2020.

If a health care or limited-purpose FSA participant ends participation in the FSA before the end of Plan Year 2020 (August 31, 2020), the participant still can use their remaining funds to pay for eligible expenses incurred through December 31, 2020, as long as they remain an active employee. All claims must be submitted by December 31, 2020.

A dependent care FSA participant can use any remaining funds they have contributed through December 31, 2020 even if they terminate employment.

Did you know that employees must certify whether or not they (and their dependents) are tobacco users? And, starting with the new plan year in September, vaping and e-cigarettes are included as tobacco use for certification. Tobacco users pay a monthly premium of $30 per user (maximum $90). Quitting tobacco now could not only make you healthier, it could save you money.

Find more information about your health insurance plan’s program.

And, learn about the Choose to Quit program offered by ERS. The Employee Assistance Program (a free benefit that includes counseling for a range of topics, as well as resources) is another great resource. Learn more here.

Did you know that you have a wealth of discounts at your fingertips as an UNT World employee? Save money on phone plans, software, meal plan services, pet services and so much more through Beneplace employee discount program. Planning to sell your house? Save on selling or buying a house through this perks program. Need to send flowers to say you’re sorry? ou can send an even bigger bouquet when you use your employee discount. You can also save on things like grocery delivery, Sam’s Club memberships and streaming services like Amazon Prime. Learn more here.

 

Texa$aver is a voluntary retirement savings plan available to you as an employee. You can make voluntary monthly contributions via paycheck deduction, pre-tax or after-tax, to investments you choose – with very low fees. Contribute towards your retirement savings and build your future – it’s never too soon or too late to participate in this plan that helps you build retirement income in addition to your retirement benefit plan income. And starting small can result in big savings when you get to retirement.

These meetings are a great way to get personalized service to help you:

  • Enroll in the Texa$aver 457 Plan, a voluntary retirement savings plan option you have as an UNT World employee;
  • Review your existing Texa$aver 457 account, including your contribution amounts and investment options;
  • Rollover previous employer retirement or IRA accounts; and
  • Check your beneficiary information

Use the Texa$aver Education Counselor Map [brainshark.com] to determine the appropriate Education Counselor assigned to your region and Click here to schedule your appointment.  For assistance, you can call Empower Retirement at 1-800-634-5091 or visit www.texasaver.com.

More about Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans

Your employee benefits include resources to help kick the tobacco habit…

 Employees must certify whether or not they (and their dependents) are tobacco users. Tobacco users pay a monthly premium of $30 per user (maximum $90). Quitting tobacco now could not only make you healthier, it could save you money.

Find more information about your health insurance plan’s program.

And learn about the Choose to Quit program offered by ERS. The Employee Assistance Program (a free benefit that includes counseling for a range of topics, as well as resources) is another great resource.  Learn more here.

Have you watched the Summer Enrollment video?  The video provides a helpful overview and is available now. You can also attend an open Q&A session with HR Benefits team members to ask questions about your benefits. 

No changes to your benefits elections for next year? No action needed.

If you need to make changes to coverage elections (like adding optional insurances such as dental, changing dental plans, adding dependents, etc.), log in to the ERS portal to make those changes during your summer enrollment period. If you have never used the portal, you can register here.

Changes will be effective September 1.

Summer Enrollment for UNT Dallas, UNT Health Science Center, and UNT System begins on July 6 and goes through July 18.

Did you know, you have access to Maternity Wellness?

Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant then visit HealthSelect to learn more about routine recommendations for a healthy pregnancy from your first prenatal visit to after giving birth. Log into your BCBSTX member portal to access the Well onTarget self-management program to support a health pregnancy. Do you have questions about your pregnancy cost or need extra support? Contact BCBSTX at 800-252-8039 between 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to speak with a clinician.

University of North Texas System Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness & Chief Human Capital Officer Barbara Abercrombie announced expanded roles for three human resources team members – Wanda Boyd, Angela Brown and Marisa Clabby. Details are as follows:

Wanda Boyd has been promoted to UNT System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and will additionally serve as Senior Director of Human Resources for UNT Dallas. Boyd had served UNT Dallas in an interim role since May and will move into the leadership role full-time at UNTD, while also expanding her ED&I responsibilities for the UNT System. Boyd joined the UNT System Human Resources team in 2019, following 3+ years working in HR for Texas A&M University.

Angela Brown, who previously served as Director of Human Resources for UNT Health Science Center, has been named Senior Director of Human Resources & EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer) for UNT System Administration. Brown joined the UNT System in 2019 after 20 years working as Director of HR for Tarleton State University.

Marisa Clabby will continue in her current role as the UNT System Human Resources Business Manager, while adding new responsibilities as Human Resources Generalist for UNT System Administration. Clabby originally joined the UNT System in 2015.

“We are thrilled to announced expanded roles for Wanda Boyd, Angela Brown and Marisa Clabby,” Abercrombie said. “Wanda, Angela and Marisa are all talented and dedicated HR professionals, and what makes this announcement even more exciting is the fact that they have grown professionally since arriving to the UNT System and that we are promoting from within our team.”

Boyd, Brown and Clabby will assume their expanded roles immediately.

Effective June 25, 2020, face coverings (cloth face coverings, disposable masks, etc.) must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors at all UNT System locations and campuses in the following areas:

  • Indoor public areas, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all classrooms, non-private offices and common spaces in residential facilities.
  • Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Full details of the face covering requirement may be viewed on the UNT System COVID-19 web site.

Any questions related to face coverings, or any of the UNT System’s risk management guidelines, may be sent to: covid@untsystem.edu.

As our campuses and offices open in phases, the UNT System and all member institutions will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All relevant UNT System risk management guidelines can be found on the UNT System web site and each UNTS institution also has its own coronavirus web site with updates specific to that campus. As circumstances related to COVID-19 evolve, system-wide risk management guidelines may change.

Thank you for continued adaptability – we appreciate your support of these plans to ensure safety at all UNT System locations and campuses.

What is TexFlex? It’s a health savings account that you contribute to monthly, pre-tax. You determine the monthly amount to contribute, which is deducted from your paycheck before taxes. What can you use TexFlex for? Use your pre-loaded TexFlex debit card for co-pays, deductibles, contact lenses, prescriptions, glasses, orthodontia and other eligible health expenses.

If you are already participating, you don’t have to do anything during Summer Enrollment unless you want to decrease or increase your contribution.

Changes to TexFlex for Plan Year 2021:

  • The annual contribution rate changes this year from $2,700 to $2,750 and the carry-over amount from plan year to plan year will increase from $500 to $550 starting 9/1/2020.

Learn more about TexFlex, including how contributing can impact your take home pay!

And learn more about all of your benefits on your Benefits page. Additionally, the In the Green: UNT World Wellbeing program offers access to videos on demand, suggestions for helpful apps, articles and resources, and hosts webinars and all kinds of virtual workouts – all great options you can enjoy from home, for free, as part of your own well-being.

Did you know that free counseling for help with family, legal, or financial issues is just a call or click away for UNT World employees? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-343-3822.

To access benefits online, log in https://www.awpnow.com. When prompted for your code, enter AWP-UNT-384.

Services are available at no cost to active and retired employees, as well as members of their household. This confidential service includes skill-building webinars, resources, access to counselors and legal help, and much more. Many employees aren’t aware that this free resource is part of their UNT World benefit package and can make a difference in their day to day lives. Need to talk to someone about stress? Experiencing financial strain? Want to learn more about work/life balance? Access your EAP benefits for this type of help, and much more.