STATE EMPLOYEES
RETIREMENT COMMISSION
COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT 55 ELM STREET
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for DISABILITY RETIREMENT
HEALTH CARE COST
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
RETIREMENT AND BENEFIT SERVICES DIVISION
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER

RETIREMENT & BENEFIT SERVICES DIVISION MEMORANDUM

November 19, 2007

TO THE HEADS OF ALL STATE AGENCIES

ATTENTION: Personnel and Payroll Officers
SUBJECT: Dependent Care Assistance Program Annual Open Enrollment

I. INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this memorandum is to (1) advise of the annual open enrollment for the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), and (2) restate the DCAP payroll, enrollment, and election change processing procedures.

II. ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT

The open enrollment period for the 2008 DCAP plan year is currently underway and will last through December 7, 2007.

For the 2008 plan year we will not conduct statewide informational sessions. In that connection, we are asking agencies to display the attached DCAP flyer on your agency bulletin board. The announcement is the only statewide communication available to employees regarding the 2008 plan year enrollment.

Employees interested in participating are responsible for obtaining the necessary enrollment applications and meeting all associated deadlines. Applications are available by download via the OSC web site: www.osc.state.ct.us or by contacting the program's administrative services provider, Benefit Concepts Inc. (BCI) at 1-877-629-1500. Employees, who fail to return the application before the deadline, will be denied participation in the program; no late applications will be accepted; no exceptions will be made.

III. PROCESSING PROCEDURES

A. Enrollment Procedures:

BCI is responsible for the enrollment of eligible employees who wish to participate in DCAP. Employees are entitled to enroll in DCAP during one of the following periods:

  1. The annual open enrollment period;
  2. Within thirty-one days of the hire date; and
  3. Within thirty-one days of a change in family status which makes the employee eligible to participate.

B. Payroll Procedures:

Payroll processing of DCAP accounts is performed by the Comptroller's Retirement & Benefit Services Division, Employee Benefits Unit. For payroll purposes, agencies are not responsible for processing DCAP enrollment applications.

C. Election Changes:

Once enrolled, changes in elections are allowed only under the following circumstances:

  1. Participant terminates employment;
  2. Participant experiences a family status change, such as marriage, divorce, death of a spouse or dependent, birth or adoption of a child, changes in spouse's employment status.

Participating employees who wish to make an election change, or terminating employees must complete the Dependent Care Benefit Enrollment/Change Form with BCI within thirty-one days of the change in status.

Employees who are out on any leave of absence including worker's compensation, do not need to enroll during the annual open enrollment period. Upon return to work, employees have 31 days to enroll in DCAP.

Employees may obtain enrollment forms, election forms, and change forms by download via the OSC web site: www.osc.state.ct.us or by contacting BCI toll free at 1-877-629-1500.

IV. CONCLUSION

Your anticipated assistance in making the program accessible to your agency's employees is appreciated. The DCAP program not only assists employees in managing their dependent care expenses while reducing their taxable income, it saves the state money as well.

Questions concerning DCAP may be directed to the Retirement and Benefit Services Division, Employee Benefits Unit at (860) 702-3543.

Very truly yours,

STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT COMMISSION
NANCY WYMAN, SECRETARY EX OFFICIO

By:

Thomas C. Woodruff, Ph.D., Director
Retirement & Benefit Services Division


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