After OPM said it was unable to assist federal employees negotiate dependent care/medical expense reimbursements during the upcoming FSAFEDS month-long black-out, NTEU contacted FEEA, and FEEA has agreed to help.
Facts about the upcoming blackout can be found at:
Because federal employees will still have deductions taken from their pay but will not be able to submit claims for reimbursement from FSAFEDS during the transition from one contractor to another administrator, NTEU wrote to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) about finding other possibilities to relieve financial hardships on employees created by the black-out period. At the time, OPM did not believe it had any options to help FSAFEDS enrollees. NTEU then contacted the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) and received an immediate reply. “FEEA is willing to help employees who are severely affected by the FSAFEDS black-out period. We will make no-interest loans to employees who cannot meet the basic needs of their families because of the delay in reimbursement,” wrote Steven Bauer, FEEA’s Executive Director. These loans will be set up for the employee to repay FEEA in full when their delayed reimbursement is received by them from FSAFEDS. To apply, employees can utilize the existing emergency assistance application available at www.FEEA.org by clicking on the “Get Help Now” button on the home page.
Once again, NTEU steps up and solves problems for its members!