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Important COVID-19 Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Information

WVU Benefits Strategy would like to share important information regarding Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Whether or not an employee is currently enrolled in a Medical FSA or Dependent FSA through Mountaineer Flexible Benefits (FBMC), the information below pertains to all benefits-eligible employees under the special circumstances related to COVID-19.

In accordance with existing IRS guidelines, Medical and Dependent Care FSA enrollment and increasing or decreasing withholdings for the fiscal year are permissible due to the following qualifying life events:

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Information for Employees on Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

West Virginia University has been made aware that some faculty and staff may be victims of a fraudulent unemployment claims. This issue is not related to anything that has happened at the University — WVU's  Information Security team has done multiple checks and continues to monitor our systems, and there is no evidence of any data breaches on the University's systems. However, there are several cases of identity theft leading to fraudulent unemployment claims occurring across the state and throughout the U.S.

Most recently, WVU was informed that some employees have received  Key Bank debit cards, which may be tied to a fraudulent  Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim made on behalf of the employee. If you received one of these debit cards in the mail, please do not activate the card and destroy it immediately. Talent and Culture has put together a list of steps that employees can take regarding identity theft reporting and mitigation.

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