Benefits Plans - Flexible Spending Accounts: Special Circumstances
Contact the HR/Payroll Service Center by calling 734-615-2000 or 866-647-7657 (toll free) if you experience one of the following special circumstances.
During periods when you are not receiving a salary from U-M, you can contribute to a Health Care FSA, but you cannot contribute to a Dependent Care FSA. Such periods include a leave of absence (Leave), reduction if force (RIF), and a leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
During these periods you can continue to submit claims for eligible expenses incurred, the procedures vary depending on the type of account.
- You may only receive reimbursements for services incurred during periods when you made contributions to the account.
- If you wish to receive reimbursements during a Leave or other period when you are not receiving a salary, you must make aftertax contributions to your Health Care FSA. Reimbursement will be based on the total amount you elect for the year and will be paid upon request.
- When you return from a Leave or RIF to an appointment eligible for benefits within the same year, your monthly or bi-weekly FSA payroll deduction amounts will increase in order to reach your annual contribution amount if you did not cancel your participation at the start of your leave or request a change upon your return if permissible.
- You may continue to submit claims for eligible expenses incurred.
- The amount of the reimbursements will be subject to the balance in your account. If there are sufficient funds, claims will be honored upon request.
- When you return from a Leave or RIF to an appointment eligible for benefits within the same year, your monthly or bi-weekly FSA payroll contribution amounts will increase in order to reach your annual contribution amount if you did not cancel your participation at the start of your leave or request a change upon your return if permissible.
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) allows you to continue your Health Care FSA with aftertax contributions even after losing your eligibility to participate (for example, due to termination of your employment).
To submit claims for expenses incurred after you become eligible for COBRA, you must continue your account through COBRA.
A letter explaining your rights and responsibilities under COBRA will be mailed to your home within six weeks after you enroll in University benefits as a newly hired or newly eligible faculty or staff member. Please read the letter carefully and keep it with your records for future reference, if necessary. If you do not receive the letter, please contact the HR/Payroll Service Center.
The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.