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File flexible spending claims by September 30
The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) run-out period to file claims and submit documentation for the July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 plan year ends September 30, 2017By that date, employees must submit reimbursement requests for all eligible FSA expenses and resolve all outstanding transactions, including unverified FSA card transactions, for the 2016 - 2017 coverage period. To submit claims for qualified expenses for the 2016-2017 Health FSA or Dependent Care FSA, employees must submit a claim to Anthem/CONEXIS by the September 30, 2017 deadline. Claims may be submitted online at, by fax at 1-888-347-5212, or by mail to Anthem FSA, P.O. Box 660165, Dallas, TX 75266-0165. Employees should contact CONEXIS at 1-877-451-7244 for assistance with FSA information. Retain documentation of all claim submissions, and check your 2016-2017 FSA account balances before the deadline. Any funds remaining in the 2016-2017 FSAs that are not claimed by the end of the FSA run-out period will be forfeited. Unverified FSA card transactions that are not resolved by the end of the run-out period will be re-classified as taxable income.

Health benefits elections and changes
The state's Employee Direct system is currently unable to process health benefits elections and changes. Please use the health benefits enrollment form to submit changes or make elections to the state health plan. 

2017 Tax-deferred annuity limits remain unchanged
For more information about VCU's tax deferred annuity, click here and read "retirement savings limits." 

Earn Your Premium Reward 
Please note: If you recently completed and submitted your health assessment questionnaire but have not yet seen a premium reward reflected in your paycheck, your reward may still be processing at the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). VCU deducts from your pay the premium amount billed by DHRM and cannot adjust the amount of your premium deduction unless and until DHRM approves a discounted amount. Processing time can be 6-8 weeks from the time your health assessment questionnaire is accepted by Active Health. Rewards are not retroactive. To find out when your premium reward takes effect based on your health assessment completion date, see:

How you can earn a premium reward
Employees and/or their eligible enrolled spouses in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware can earn premium rewards at any time during the July, 2017 – June, 2018 plan year. To earn the reward, complete or update your health assessment questionnaire at For details, see: Premium rewards from the plan year ended June 30, 2017 have expired and are not renewed. To qualify for a premium reward in the July, 2017 – June, 2018 plan year, you must have a completed health assessment questionnaire on file with Active Health dated May 1, 2017 or later.

Reminder: Your Employee ID for registering with is 00+ the seven numerals in your health plan ID number. For example, if your health plan ID number is YTX1234567XU, your Employee ID for is 001234567. For COVA HealthAware members whose health plan numbers already begin with 00, simply use your health plan ID number. Enrolled spouses use the same health plan ID number but must register at the site separately. Review the Premium Reward frequently asked questions for more information. Questions? Contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

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