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Flex Spending Account (FSA)

The Flex Spending Account is a negotiated program that helps State employees save money on their taxes. The program offers two benefits - the Health Care Spending Account (HCSAccount) and the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount). Both are types of flexible spending accounts that give you a way to pay for your dependent care or health care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Enrollment in FSA is voluntary.

If you are paying for dependent care expenses in order to work, or have medical expenses that are not reimbursable under your health insurance, you are paying for those expenses with dollars that have already been taxed. By enrolling in the DCAAccount or HCSAccount, you will pay those same expenses with whole dollars - before federal, state and social security taxes are taken from your salary.

The open enrollment period is held each fall, beginning in September. The FSA program operates from January 1 through December 31 each year.

For more detailed information, to enroll or to make a change to an existing account, go to or call 1-800-358-7202.

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Leave Donation Program

The intent of the Leave Donation Program (LDP) is to provide a means to assist employees who, because of long-term personal illness have exhausted their leave benefits and would otherwise be subject to a severe loss of income during a continuous absence from work.

Under appropriate circumstances, employees can donate VACATION time only to a qualified participant to be used as sick leave.

Click here for more detailed information and the required forms.

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Long Term Care Insurance

As a New York State employee or retiree you are entitled to purchase Long-term care insurance. Long-term care is assistance you need if you are unable to carry out the basic activities of everyday living. This need could arise from an accident or a debilitating illness or simply be the natural result of aging. Only a small portion of the long-term care services you are likely to need are covered by health insurance or Medicare and long term care is expensive.

NYPERL is designed to provide financial protection against the costs associated with long-term care covered services provided by a nursing facility; home health care agency; adult day care center or assisted living facility.NYPERL is administered and insured by MedAmerica Insurance Company of New York.

For more detailed information and/or to enroll you need to contact MedAmerica's NYPERL Customer Service toll free number, 1-866-474-LTCI (5824) or visit their website at

NOTE:  Effective April 30, 2016, the NYPERL contract with MedAmerica Insurance Co. has expired.  Once a new vendor is selected and a contract is executed, new employees hired on or after May 1, 2016, will be given the opportunity to elect NYPERL coverage.  New information will be provided as soon as it is available.

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New York College Savings Program 529

529 college savings programs are state-sponsored plans that help you save for college tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other qualified higher-education expenses. With this direct program, you choose to invest your contributions in one or more investment portfolios whose goal is to grow over time. When you need the money to pay for higher education expenses, you withdraw the funds in your account tax-free.

You can save for your child, grandchild, friend - even yourself - any age, newborn to adult. In addition, as a New York State taxpayer, you are entitled to a generous state income-tax deduction on your plan contributions.

For more information and/or to enroll, go to or call

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PEP - Productivity Enhancement Program

PEP allows eligible employees to exchange vacation leave in return for money to be applied toward the reduction of their health insurance premium. When you enroll during the designated enrollment period, the credit is divided evenly among the pay periods for the given year and applied toward the biweekly premium payments required for coverage under NYSHIP.

This program is subject to union negotiation and is not a guaranteed benefit. If the contract allows, an annual open period will be announced including specific eligibility requirements.

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Last Updated: 10/6/17