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 $90). Quitting tobacco now could not only make you healthier, it could save you money.
And, learn about the Choose to Quit program offered by ERS. The Employee Assistance Program (a free benefit that includes counseling for a range of topics, as well as resources) is another great resource. Learn more here.
Did you know that you have a wealth of discounts at your fingertips as an UNT World employee? Save money on phone plans, software, meal plan services, pet services, and so much more through Beneplace employee discount program. Planning to sell your house? Save on selling or buying a house through this perks program. Need to send flowers to say you’re sorry? You can send an even bigger bouquet when you use your employee discount. You can also save on things like grocery delivery, Sam’s club memberships, and streaming services like Prime! Learn more.
Texa$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:
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.
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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.
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:
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: email@example.com.
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.
Jessa Mays, Assistant Director for Professional Staff Training & Development, UNT Housing and Residence Life, talks about communication in the "Leaders on Leading" audio clip series. This series features quick, entertaining, and motivating Q&As with organizational leaders on having an impact and developing people. Listeners will get real-world advice, learn practical tips, and hear inspirational stories to help improve their own leadership skills.
Jim Buchanan, Director of ERP Application Development for Finance, HR and Payroll, UNT System, talks about leaders on coaching in the "Leaders on Leading" audio clip series. This series features quick, entertaining, and motivating Q&As with organizational leaders on having an impact and developing people. Listeners will get real-world advice, learn practical tips, and hear inspirational stories to help improve their own leadership skills.