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February 2016

2015 Health/Dependent Care FSA Claim Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016 is the deadline to submit your Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA eligible expenses incurred January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. General and Limited Purpose Healthcare FSA participants may benefit from the "Carryover" provision, as unused funds up to $500 may be used for future eligible expenses.

NOTE: The "Carryover" provision does not apply to the Dependent Care FSA – "Use It or Lose It" rules apply.

You may submit your claim(s) online at or submit the printed claim form. Claims received after the deadline will be denied.

Oracle Wellness: February is Healthy Heart Month

In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for BOTH men and women. 25% of deaths each year are caused by heart disease. Grim as that sounds, the good news is that heart disease can be prevented by making healthy choices and properly managing health conditions. Wellness professionals, families, and communities can work together to create areas of opportunity for people to make healthier choices.

A few ideas to start making small, effective heart-healthy changes in your life:

  • Season foods with non-salt spices instead of salt.
  • Sneak physical activity into your daily routine: walking meetings, dance breaks, and/or stair-climbing, several times throughout your work day.
  • Start reading food labels: work to stay away from foods which contain trans-fats; look to limit saturated fats; increase fresh vegetable and fruit consumption.

A few helpful resources, from

2016 Commuter Limits and Information

Legislation has permanently increased the combined limit for transit and vanpooling benefits provided under a qualified transportation plan, making it equal to the limit for qualified parking benefits. As a result of this legislation, the combined transit pass / vanpooling limit for 2016 is $255 monthly. For more information, see the Commuter Benefits page.

401(k) Plan – Did You Exceed the Contribution Limit?

In 2015, the maximum amount that you may defer to any and all 401(k) plans was limited to $18,000. If you were age 50+ as of December 31, 2015 the maximum allowable amount was $24,000.

The amount you contributed to the plan is reported on your W2 in Box 12 (code D - for traditional pre-tax and code AA for Roth 401(k)). Employer contributions such as the Oracle match are not subject to this limit, and are not conveyed on your W-2s.

If, having reviewed your W-2s from ALL employers in 2015, you feel you have exceeded your personal limit, please contact Don Reich (Oracle’s 401(k) and Deferred Compensation Plan Manager) at or 719-757-4132. The deadline for any refund of excess deferrals is April 18, 2016. Keep in mind that any refund will take approximately one week to process so please make your request as early as possible. Visit the Oracle US Benefits Website for more information about the 401(k) Plan.

Form W2 Reporting of Costs of Health Coverage

Reminder: Oracle is required to report the value of your employer (Oracle)-sponsored health coverage on your W-2 each year. The cost is calculated each month based on the plan and coverage tier you have elected. The COBRA monthly premium (net of the 2% administrative fee) is the monthly value used – and the total cost for the year is reported. Oracle Payroll reports the cost on your W-2 (Box 12 with a code DD). This provision does NOT impact your income tax return — it is for reporting purposes only.

For more information, please visit the Health Care Reform Website or FAQs.

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Rev. Date: 01/19/2016
Publish Date: February, 2016