What's New

October 5, 2021

FSA Plan Rules for 2022

The Consolidations Appropriations Act, 2021 provided additional flexibility for Careflex and Mediflex plans during the 2020 and 2021 plan years. These amendments were temporary and have not been extended by Congress beyond December 31, 2021. This means Careflex and Mediflex plans will revert to pre-covid rules starting January 1, 2022, including:

  • Dependent Care (Careflex) Maximum Election - The maximum election for the 2022 plan year is $5,000 ($2,500 for taxpayers who are married but filing separate returns).

  • Election Changes (Careflex or Mediflex) - No election changes may be made outside of Open Enrollment unless you experience a qualifying status change. 

  • Deadline to Use Dependent Care (Careflex) Expenses - Eligible expenses applicable to plan year 2021 must be incurred by December 31, 2021. 

  • Deadline to Use Medical Care (Mediflex) Expenses - Unused funds from plan year 2021 will not be carried over to plan year 2022. Any remaining funds not incurred by December 31, 2021 will be forfeited as required by law.

  • Dependent Care (Careflex) Qualifying Age - The ending age for qualifying dependent care expenses is 13.

Changes to your 2022 plan year contributions must be submitted to Human Resources Management by October 31, 2021. Please contact a Benefits Specialist at (662) 325-3713 or benefits@hrm.mssate.edu if you have any questions.

October 1, 2021

Open Enrollment - A Presentation on Optional Benefits

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September 17, 2021

Expanded Vision Coverage Starting 2022

Changes include an increase in frame and contact lens allowances to $150 each. Retinal imaging will be added with a $39 copay. In addition, frequency of usage will now be on a calendar year basis. Example: Frames will be covered once every other calendar year instead of once every two years.

Changes go into effect January 1, 2022. Please review the following highlight sheet for more information about coverage and the new rates. 



September 14, 2021

Annual Open Enrollment Period

Open Enrollment is held throughout the month of October each year. It is your one opportunity to make changes to your benefits, without a qualifying life event. If you do not want to make any changes, you do not need to do anything. Changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1, 2022. To see when a benefits specialist will be visiting your Extension Center, see page 2 of the attached flyer.