One-Time Grace Period for 2019-2020 Flexible Spending Accounts
The state health benefits program has announced a one-time grace period for flexible spending accounts due to end on June 30, 2020. Participants with active accounts as of June 30, 2020 may continue using account funds to file for claims incurred from July 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. Claims must be submitted to PayFlex by November 30, 2020 in order to be eligible for reimbursement under the grace period. For details, see https://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/fsa-grace-period-until-103120.pdf?sfvrsn=9b898c59_6.
COVID-19 Benefits for COVA Health Plan Participants
To avoid in-person office visits and possible exposure to COVID-19, the out-of-pocket cost for any virtual medical visit is waived for COVA Care and COVA HealthAware (through September 30). For the COVA High Deductible Health Plan, the $0 cost will apply only to COVID-19-related virtual visits. COVID-19 testing is covered with no out-of pocket cost when medically necessary and ordered by an authorized provider. The plans are also offering early prescription refills for a limited time. See important details at https://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/docs/default-source/covid-19/your-state-health-plans-and-covid-19-6520.pdf?sfvrsn=1c54fb89_0
Campus operations are currently altered in response to COVID-19.
2020 Deferral Limits for Voluntary Retirement Savings
The annual deferral limit for 403(b) and 457(b) retirement savings plans increase to $19,500 in 2020. These limits apply to pre-tax and after-tax (Roth) contributions combined in the following plans:
- The VCU 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (“TDA")
- The Commonwealth of Virginia 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (“DCP”)
- The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Hybrid 457Plan (available to Virginia Retirement System Hybrid Plan participants only)
Note to Hybrid Plan participants: Voluntary contributions to the VRS Hybrid Plan are made to the VRS Hybrid 457. These contributions count toward the same 457(b) limit as contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (“DCP”). Combined contributions to both plans may not exceed the 457(b) limit.
Employees eligible for the age 50+ catch-up may defer an additional $6,500 to 403(b) and/or 457(b) plans in 2020.
Employees who wish maximize the new limits in VCU plans may make contribution election changes as follows:
- Contribution changes for the VCU 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (“TDA”) are made using the Salary Reduction Agreement. Return the completed form to VCU Payroll as instructed on the form. For changes to be effective with the first January paycheck, the form must be received by VCU Payroll no later than Monday, January 6, 2020.
- Contribution changes for the Commonwealth of Virginia 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (“DCP”) are made online at www.varetirement.org/dcp or by phone to (877) 327-5261. For changes to be effective with the first January paycheck, changes must be completed by December 31, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
- Voluntary contribution changes for the VRS Hybrid Plan are made online at www.varetirement.org/hybrid or by phone to (877) 327-5261. For changes to be effective with the first January paycheck, changes needed to be completed by December 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
These limits apply to all 403(b) and 457(b) plans in which a person participates during 2020. If you participate in plans outside of VCU that fall under the same limits, you must ensure that your combined contributions to VCU plans and all like plans outside of VCU do not exceed the limits. For more information about this topic, see 2020 Deferral Limits.
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Health benefits elections and changes
The state's Employee Direct system is currently unable to process health benefits elections and changes outside of Open Enrollment. Please use the current health benefits enrollment form (PDF version or DocuSign version) to submit changes or make elections.