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Flexible Spending Open Enrollment
NEW: Flex Spending 6-month Plan Year
January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018

Open Enrollment Period:

November 20, 2017 through December 15, 2017


Maximum Election Amounts for 6-Month Plan Year:
Health Care FSA:  $1,325
Dependent Care FSA: $2,500
Health Care FSA Roll-over amount: $500

We are excited to announce the open enrollment period for new or continuing Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for the upcoming 6-month plan year beginning January 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2018. These plans allow you to pay for out-of-pocket health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The Town will continue to work with Benefit Strategies, LLC again for the administration of FSA plans. Re-enrollment is not automatic, and is required each year you elect to open a flexible spending account regardless of prior enrollment. Only benefit-eligible employees may apply.

IMPORTANT: The upcoming FSA plan year has been shortened to 6 months, and will run from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018

In an effort to help employees consider the various Town-sponsored health care offerings all at once, the Town is aligning the plan years for Flexible Spending Accounts with Health Insurance plans. To do so, the Town will offer a 6-month FSA plan year beginning January 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2018. Following this abbreviated plan year, subsequent FSA plan years will return to 12-months in length but will run on a fiscal year basis, aligned with health insurance plans. The next open enrollment period for Flexible Spending Accounts will take place at the same time as open enrollment for employee health plans, in the Spring of 2018.

New to Town Employees: 
New FSA enrollees, who have never enrolled in Flex Spending with the Town through Benefit Strategies and are enrolling for the upcoming 6-month plan year, you must fill out an election form and submit to your HR Department.
Existing FSA enrollees MUST enroll online; we will not accept paper enrollment forms. Please follow the brief enrollment instructions or click here for full instructions with screen shots.
  1. Go to: www.benstrat.com
  2. At the top-right of the webpage, click the  “FSA Secure Account Login” link, then choose Employee/Participant Login
  3. Existing users should use their existing username and new users may create a new account by selecting the “Create your new username and password” link
  4. Once logged in, begin online enrollment by clicking the “Enroll Now” button (will appear only during open enrollment dates)
  5. Complete the remaining prompts including entering your applicable information and selecting your total election amount for the 6-month plan year.
  6. Print or save a copy of the Enrollment Confirmation page
  7. In your first payroll after January 1, 2018, verify that your FSA deduction looks correct and contact your Human Resources Department if it is not correct, or if you have questions.

If you cannot access the Benefit Strategies online portal at your work station or at home, please be advised of the following options for internet access:

Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Human Resources Department
Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave, Needham, MA
Tuesday through Thursday: 1:00-4:30pm

 Open Enrollment Announcement

 Flexible Spending - General Information

Flexible Spending - General Information (en Español)

 Health Care FSA - Eligible Expenses

Health Care FSA - Eligible Expenses (en Español)

 Dependent Care FSA - Eligible Expenses

NEW ENROLLEES ONLY - Enrollment Form 

 FSA - Online Store

Benefit Strategies Online Enrollment Instructions 

Town HR Office Hours for benefits related inquires:
Tues, Weds, Thurs – 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Appointments are encouraged