Your employment-related benefits are negotiated by New York state and your bargaining unit, GSEU (Graduate StudentEmployee Union). These are your benefits if both these are true:
The Flex Spending Account (FSA) is a negotiated benefit for State employees. There are two parts to the FSA - the Dependent Care Advantage Account and the Health Care Spending Account. Both are types accounts give you a way to pay for your dependent care or health care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
Enrollment in the FSA is voluntary. If you are a new employee, you must enroll within 60 days of your appointment begin date.