Human Resources


Health Care Spending Account

The Health Care Spending Account allows you to pay for eligible health care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Health Care Spending Account contributions are taken directly from your pay before federal, most state and city income and social security taxes are deducted.

Each calendar year during Annual Enrollment (November), current full-time employees may elect to contribute, through payroll reduction, a portion of their salary (minimum $200; maximum $2,550) on a pre-tax basis to pay for medical expenses that are not reimbursed such as deductibles, co-pays, eye glasses and dental care.

For those hired after January 1, you have thirty (30) days from your hire date to make your enrollment election. Your enrollment will be effective as of the next available first of the month following your enrollment election. Your election is only effective for one year. Each year you will be required to make an election for the following year. The money set aside must (according to IRS regulations) be used or forfeited. This plan is administered by WageWorks

Year-end unused Health Care Spending account participants are granted a 2 and ½ month grace period immediately following the end of the plan year to incur expenses in order to utilize unused balances as of December 31st. This means participants will have until March 15 of the following year to use the benefits of contributions for the plan before those amounts are forfeited under the use-it-or-lose-it rule. You must be a participant in the plan through the end of the current plan year to be eligible to use the 2 and 1/2 month grace period in the following year. Claims incurred during the plan year and during the grace period can be submitted up until the run out period of March 31.

To receive reimbursement from the Health Care Spending Account, you need to log in to your WageWorks spending account website, to access your pre-populated reimbursement claim form. If you are a new user click on “New Users – Register Here” and follow prompts.

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Karen Loiacono
Manager, Benefits and Compensation
Levermore Hall, Room 203
p – 516.877.3229
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Joanna Ocampo
Senior Benefits Specialist
Levermore Hall, Room 203
p – 516.877.3221
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For further information, please contact:

Office of Human Resources
p – 516.877.3220
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