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FSA Grace Period Extended

To help faculty and staff better manage their Health Care, Limited Purpose, and Dependent Care FSA plans, the Grace Period to incur eligible expenses for 2020 funds has been extended to 12/31/2021. What this means is any unused funds from last year must be used by 12/31/2021, and all outstanding claims must be filed by 3/31/2022. Any funds remaining after 3/31/2022 will be forfeited.
Northwestern is currently working with our vendor partner Payflex to implement this change. Important information below.

For Health Care and Limited Purpose Accounts

  • If you currently have a 2021 Health Care or Limited Purpose FSA, your unused 2020 funds will be moved into your 2021 account.
  • If you don’t have a 2021 Health Care or Limited Purpose FSA, Payflex will create a 2021 account specifically with your 2020 unused funds.
  • Any 2020 funds not used by 12/31/2021 will be forfeited.

For Dependent Care Accounts

  • f you currently have a 2021 Dependent Care FSA, you can continue to manage your 2020 balance and submit eligible claims until the new deadline.
  • If you don’t have a 2021 Dependent Care FSA, Payflex will create a 2021 account specifically with your 2020 unused funds.
  • Any 2020 funds not used by 12/31/2021 will be forfeited.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact PayFlex Customer Service at 1-844-PAYFLEX. They are available Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT, and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT.

Explore total rewards

At Northwestern, we are proud to provide meaningful benefits support and peace of mind through competitive programs that include high-quality health care plans, retirement benefits, tuition discounts and more.  Review the Benefits Guide for detailed information.

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Enroll or change benefits

Benefit eligibility

University employees — like staff, faculty, visiting scholars — and their spouses and dependent children are eligible for benefits. Eligibility for benefits varies based on employment classification.
Benefit eligibility

Benefit changes

Change your benefit elections during Open Enrollment or when you experience an IRS Qualifying Event, such as adding a child to your family, getting married, or changing positions.
Benefit changes

Postdoctoral Benefit Plans

New benefit package for all postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern University. This new benefits package will create parity between all postdocs.
Postdoctoral Benefit Plans

Leaving employment, Losing coverage & COBRA

When you terminate employment with the University, you may elect to temporarily continue to participate in certain University-sponsored benefits through COBRA or to convert certain coverage to an individual policy directly with the sponsoring insurance company.
Losing coverage & COBRA

Retiree Plans

As a Northwestern University retiree, you may enroll in the following medical, dental, and/or vision plan(s). Review the benefit options below and enroll in the plan(s) that are right for you. Once you have reviewed the plan options below, please review the retirement process for information on how to enroll.
Retiree Plans
All resources on benefits changes, eligibility and enrollment.

Help with benefits

Find resources that may be helpful as you manage your Northwestern benefits. If you have any questions or concerns — either during benefits enrollment or any time throughout the year — please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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