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December 10, 2015

Pitt Benefits

FitnessForLifeLast opportunity to submit flexible spending account claims

December 31 is the last day to file claims against your fiscal year 2015 spending account (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). This deadline applies for health care, dependent care, parking and mass transit accounts.

The claims must have been incurred between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The only exception  involves dependent care related claims, which may have been incurred through September 15, 2015.

The Benefits Department, in compliance with Internal Revenue Code, is not permitted to grant extensions for Plan Year 2015 expenses submitted after December 31, 2015. This provision is known as “Use it or lose it.”.

You can view your claims history, submit claims online and obtain claim forms by accessing your UPMC FlexAdvantage account online. Remember, you have single sign-on access through Follow these steps:

  1. Select UPMC Health Plan from the Resources Tab.
  2. Select MyHealth.
  3. Select Spending Accounts on the UPMC site.

Any questions regarding your flexible spending account(s) should be directed to UPMC Health Plan at 1-888-499-6885.

Get your flu shot before the winter recess!

Flu shots still can be obtained at Falk Pharmacy on a walk-in basis between the hours of 8 am-5 pm. No appointment is necessary.

Alternatively, UPMC Health Plan members also can obtain a flu shot from a participating provider at no out-of-pocket cost. If plan members obtain a flu shot at a clinic or pharmacy that does not participate with UPMC Health Plan, then they will need to pay for the flu shot at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement. Reimbursement forms can be downloaded from UPMC Health Plan’s website at, under “Commonly Used Forms” at the bottom of the page.

Winter recess coverage

During the winter recess, the Benefits Department will maintain limited staffing and hours to assist you. Please contact us during the open hours if any issues arise that require immediate attention.

The schedule for UPMC Health Plan is included as well. You can expect that the other carriers will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Generally, most carriers will have limited hours or will be closed on December 24 and December 31.

The Office of Human Resources will resume normal hours of operation and staffing beginning on Monday, January 4, 2016.




The Office of Human Resources wishes all faculty and staff a joyous and restful winter recess!



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