Benefit changes due to COVID-19

What you need to know

The COVID-19 “outbreak period” began March 1, 2020, and will end 60 days after the announced end of the COVID-19 national emergency. In accordance with IRS guidelines issued during the outbreak period, Autodesk is making changes to meet your and your family’s evolving needs.

Medical, dental and vision changes

Here are the three main changes related to your medical, dental, and vision benefits. You can enroll in or make changes to these benefits through Workday.

  • If you didn’t enroll in medical, dental, or vision coverage during open enrollment, you can enroll anytime during the year, without a qualifying life event.
  • If you're currently enrolled in any of these plans, you can switch to a different plan and/or add dependents at any time, without a qualifying life event.
  • If you're enrolled in medical coverage, you can drop it at any time as long as you provide proof to Autodesk that you are enrolled or will be enrolling immediately in other medical coverage.

Keep in mind:

  • Changes cannot be backdated.
  • If you’re enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare (UHC) medical plan and switch to a different UHC plan, expenses you’ve incurred toward your deductible and out-of-pocket maximum will carry over, so you don’t need to start over.
  • We don’t expect these temporary rule changes to be extended past December 31, 2021, but they could be extended, as the IRS has not yet communicated an end to the outbreak period.

FSA changes

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), signed into law on December 27, 2020, gives Autodesk greater flexibility in how we administer both the health care flexible spending account (FSA) and the dependent care flexible spending account (FSA). Here’s what you should know if you had an FSA in 2020, have one in 2021, or would like to enroll.

  1. Your entire unused FSA balances will carry over

    The CAA allows participants to suspend the use-it-or-lose it rule. This means that if you had a health care and/or dependent care FSA in 2021 and had an unused balance in your account(s), your entire unused balance can carry over to 2022. You need to make a minimum annual contribution of $25 and have an active FSA election at the end of 2021 for your 2021 FSA balance to transfer to your 2022 account. The use-it-or-lose it rule will return in 2022 for 2023 FSA carryover funds.
  2. Dependent care FSA age limit increases to 14

    With respect to the 2020 plan year, you can submit reimbursements for expenses for children through age 13. The CAA modifies the definition of a qualifying individual as a child who has not yet attained age 14 (previously age 13).

    This means if your dependent(s) turned 13 during 2020 you may still submit for reimbursement. You may also use any amount carried over from 2020 to 2021 on expenses for dependent(s) who turned 13 in calendar year 2020, until they turn 14 in 2021.

    Please consult with your tax advisor if you have any questions about the eligibility of your child and taxation of dependent care benefits as it relates to the age extension. HealthEquity WageWorks will rely on your representations regarding the eligibility of your children.
  3. You can change your enrollment without a qualifying life event

    The CAA also allows for enrollment changes to both health care and dependent care FSAs without a qualifying life event. If you would like to make changes to your current FSA enrollments, enroll in an FSA, or stop your enrollment, you may do so at any time.

    All enrollment changes are prospective and can be made in Workday. If you have already submitted for reimbursement this calendar year, you may not adjust your contribution amount to be lower than what you have already been reimbursed for.

    To enroll in an FSA or make changes to your current FSA election(s), click on the Benefits icon on the Workday homepage. Then click Change Benefits and select FSA Change. Select the enroll button for either the Dependent Care FSA Change event or the Healthcare FSA Change event located at the bottom of the page.
  4. You can contribute up to $10,500 to a Dependent care FSA in 2021

    As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, you can contribute up to $10,500 to a Dependent care FSA. This is a temporary change for 2021 only.


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