Open Enrollment 2014 ended Friday, May 16, 2014.
Exempt employee life insurance now handled by Minnesota Life
The State of Ohio exempt employee life insurance vendor has changed to Minnesota Life, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Minnesota Life provides basic term life, occupational accidental death and dismemberment, and supplemental term life insurance for exempt employees.
Jan. 15, 2014
Catalyst Rx is now Catamaran
The life insurance vendor has not changed for bargaining unit employees. The vendor for this group is still Prudential.
To learn more, click here to be directed to the exempt life insurance page.
Commuter Choice participants must re-enroll for the month of September to continue to participate in the Commuter Choice Program.
Beginning Sept. 1, the Commuter Choice Program for the State of Ohio employees will be administered by WageWorks, Inc., formerly Fringe Benefits Management Company/WageWorks (FBWW). All eligible employees who would like to continue to participate in the commuter program will need to re-enroll directly with WageWorks between now and Aug. 5 for the September benefit month.
How to re-enroll:
1. Employees will need to place a new order through WageWorks to participate in the Commuter Choice Program.
2. Visit the WageWorks website at www.wageworks.com to place your Transit and/or Parking order for September no later than Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
3. You will receive your September transit pass and/or commuter card by the end of August.
Parking expenses incurred before September
All parking expenses incurred prior to Sept. 1, will need to be submitted by Dec. 31 for cash reimbursement.
Any unused transit “Shopping Cart” credits in your current myFBMC account will be loaded to your WageWorks account after the August 2012 benefit month and will be used to reduce your future monthly pre-tax deductions.
Deadlines: The monthly order deadline will continue to be the fifth day of the month prior to the month for which you are seeking benefits. For example, Aug. 5 is the ordering deadline for September orders.
As before, you may elect a recurring order, which will be fulfilled every month, or you can submit one-time orders. You also can make changes in your monthly benefit, if needed, as long as you meet the ordering deadline of the fifth day of the month preceding your benefit month.
Customer Service: State of Ohio employees may contact the WageWorks Customer Service Team with any questions about the Commuter Choice Program, using the WageWorks Commuter Card, transit passes or submitting parking claims. Claim forms are available on the website or from WageWorks customer service. Representatives are available to help you Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. by calling 1.855.428.0446.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Update: COTA riders to receive account credit
State employees who order COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) bus passes through the state's Commuter Choice payroll deduction program will receive a credit toward their account for the days that COTA workers were on strike.
The application of the credit may take several weeks.
COTA will determine the amount of refund for participants and send the total amount of the refund to WageWorks, the third-party administrator. WageWorks will determine the amount that should go to each participant (based on the type of pass purchased). Commuter Choice enrollees will receive a credit to their account to offset a future order.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
COTA riders to receive account credit
State employees who order COTA bus passes through the state’s Commuter Choice payroll deduction program will receive a credit toward their account for the three days that COTA workers were on strike.
The application of the credit will take several weeks.
COTA will determine the amount of refund for participants and send the total amount of the refund to WageWorks, the third-party administrator. WageWorks will determine the amount that should go to each participant. Because the deduction is taken before taxes, each participant’s refund will be slightly different. Commuter Choice enrollees will receive a credit to their account to offset a future order.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Commuter Choice Program – Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Strike
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has confirmed with the state’s Commuter Choice vendor, WageWorks, that there is a potential union strike scheduled for July 2. Should the strike occur, COTA will issue a credit for bus passes for any time that the transit system is unavailable to employees who purchase their bus passes through the State of Ohio Commuter Choice Program. This value would not be determined until after the strike ends. The transit authority would then calculate the amount of time lost, issue the full credit value back to WageWorks, who would break it down per participant and issue the credits accordingly.
Participants should retain their monthly bus passes. If the strike does take place and only lasts for a couple of days, the monthly passes will be needed for transit usage.
Please check back for updates on myOhio.gov as this issue unfolds.
Important Flexible Spending Account Changes
Beginning August 1, 2012, the State of Ohio program for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will be moved to a new system solely supported by WageWorks, Inc., formerly Fringe Benefit Management Company/WageWorks (FBWW). Effective midnight July 31, 2012, your myFBMC® Card and the myFBMC.com website will be de-activated and FBMC will no longer accept claims. Any claims submitted by July 31, 2012 will be processed by FBWW. During the transition, from August 1 through August 14, no claims will be processed. All future claims will need to be submitted to WageWorks beginning August 15. Current participants will receive communication from WageWorks regarding this transition. We strongly encourage participants to carefully read the communication so that you may plan accordingly. If you have questions regarding your FSA account, please contact:
Through July 31, 2012 - FBWW Customer Care at 1-800-342-8017
Beginning August 1, 2012 - WageWorks Customer Service at 1-855-428-0446
To learn more, visit the State of Ohio Flexible Spending Account website at: das.ohio.gov/flexiblespendingaccount.
The State of Ohio pharmacy benefit manager, Catalyst Rx, has changed its name to Catamaran. All of your contacts and services will remain the same. There is no action that you need to take.
Your ID card is still current even though it doesn’t have the Catamaran name on it.
The name of the mail-order pharmacy is now Catamaran Home Delivery. You will begin to notice the new name on your mail service medications.
To learn more, click here to be redirected to the prescription drug webpage.