Effective Date of Coverage
Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Plan
must enroll in the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Plan
within sixty (60) days of employment, or reemployment if there has
been a break in service of more than thirty (30) days. If enrollment
forms are received by the State Controller's Office by the 10th
of the month, the effective date of HCRA is the first of the following
month. Forms received after the 10th push the effective date to
the first of the second month following appointment.
Once an employee makes an election to participate,
contributions cannot be changed until the next open enrollment unless
there is a change in status event. Employees experiencing a change
in status event may decrease, start, or stop contributions by filing
a new enrollment form within sixty (60) days of the change in status
Employees are required to reenroll in HCRA every open enrollment
to participate during the following calendar year. Open enrollment
is held every September-October for participation in the following
An employee who is on leave of absence without pay, temporary disability
compensation, non-industrial disability leave, industrial disability
leave, or other non-pay status may not enroll while in such status.
However, the employee may enroll within sixty (60) days of returning
to active status provided that he/she would otherwise have been
eligible to enroll during the non-pay status.
Eligible employees who are
granted a leave of absence without pay or terminate may continue
their participation in the plan through the end of the Plan Year
by making direct payments to the Third Party Administrator (See
COBRA Guidelines for more details).