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Important Information for U.S.-Payroll Expatriates

As an expatriate, you are eligible to enroll in the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA); you are not eligible to open or contribute to a health savings account (HSA). If you leave an expatriate assignment mid-year in 2017, you'll be able to enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) or HDHP Basic, if desired. If you enroll in either one of these high deductible health plan options, you may be eligible to open or contribute to an HSA. However, if you already enrolled in the HCSA for 2017, you can enroll in the HDHP or HDHP Basic, but you will not be eligible to open and contribute to an HSA in 2017. This is because you cannot open or contribute to an HSA if you are also are enrolled in a flexible spending account like the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA). Please keep this in mind as you make your enrollment decisions for 2017.

The Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) is a flexible spending account plans. This plan is a voluntary option that allows you to pay for certain eligible health expenses with before-tax dollars. Each month, you contribute a set amount to your account through before-tax salary reductions. Then you use the funds in your account to pay for eligible expenses.

You can use the HCSA to pay for your (and your eligible dependents') out-of-pocket health care expenses – like deductibles, office copayments, prescription drug copayments, and contact lens supplies. Remember, if you enroll in the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) or HDHP Basic, you are not eligible to enroll in the HCSA.

You must re-enroll in flexible spending accounts every year; coverage is not automatic. If you want to participate, you must re-enroll during open enrollment every year, even if you're already participating. If you don't make an election during open enrollment, you will not have coverage for the next year. Outside of the open enrollment period, you can make changes only within the 31-day deadline after certain qualifying life events.

New Claims Administrator in 2017

Chevron has selected a new claims administrator for the HCSA beginning January 1, 2017. UnitedHealthcare is replaced by HealthEquity (in partnership with Anthem). A new claims administrator typically affects the administration of your plan — for example, claims submission, phone numbers, FSA debit card and website addresses.

If you’re currently participating in the HCSA (or LHCSA) in 2016

You’ll continue to use the same FSA debit card, claim form, website and phone numbers for UnitedHealthcare that you use today. There is no change to other plan requirements, including the December 31, 2016 deadline to use account funds. And you’ll still have until June 30, 2017 to submit claims to UnitedHealthcare for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. We’ll send a communication directly to 2016 HCSA and LHCSA participants later this fall with any additional transition information, instructions and resources.

If you’ll be participating in the HCSA (or LHCSA) in 2017

You will receive a new FSA debit card from HealthEquity to use for eligible health expenses starting January 1, 2017. There will be new claim forms, websites and phone numbers for HealthEquity to use to manage your account. There is no change to the plan’s other deadlines or requirements; the only difference is your account will be administered by HealthEquity. We’ll send a communication directly to 2017 HCSA and LHCSA participants later this fall that includes additional transition information, resources and instructions. This information will also be posted to this website later this year.

The Basics

Your contributions to a HCSA account reduce your taxable income. For this reason, federal tax laws require you to follow certain rules when using the funds in your account. Keep these rules in mind as you plan how much to contribute:

  • Make a decision and stick to it. Once you've elected an annual contribution amount, you cannot change it unless you have certain qualifying life events (for example, you get married or have a child).
  • Meet the deadlines. The money in your account can be used only for eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. You have until June 30, 2018 to submit your claims for 2017 expenses, but any remaining balance left in your account after the claim filing deadline will be forfeited.
  • Only certain expenses are eligible. The money in your account can be used only for eligible health expenses. It's important to make sure that any expenses you've planned can actually be reimbursed.
  • The Health Care Spending Account (HCSA) is different from a health savings account (HSA). The HCSA – a flexible spending account – and a health savings account (HSA) are two very different types of health accounts. While they are similar in some ways, the differences are important to understand. Chevron does not contribute to the HCSA.

Important: If you are enrolled in the Health Care Spending Account (HCSA), you cannot open or contribute to the BenefitWallet health savings account (HSA). This means that if you change to the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) or HDHP Basic mid-year in 2017 due to a qualifying life event, or if you leave an expatriate assignment and want to enroll in the HDHP or HDHP Basic, you cannot open and contribute to the BenefitWallet HSA if you have already elected to enroll in the HCSA for 2017.

2017 Contribution Limit

You can contribute up to $2,300 to the HCSA for 2017. Chevron will contribute a Wellness Credit of $250 if you complete certain Healthy Heart Program activities by the October 28, 2016 deadline. This will bring your total maximum Health Care Spending Account balance to $2,550.

If you qualify for a Wellness Credit by meeting the program requirements between January 1, 2016 and October 28, 2016, deadline, you don't need to do anything. Your $250 Wellness Credit will automatically be applied to your general purpose HCSA account on January 1 (for use between January 1 and December 31, 2017). You are not required to enroll in the HCSA Plan during open enrollment to receive your Wellness Credit. However, if you want to contribute additional money to the HCSA, you must make an election during open enrollment. Please note you must be a current employee on January 1, 2017, to receive the Wellness Credit.


Are You an Expatriate Employee?

You cannot use the FSA debit card outside the U.S. You'll need to submit a claim and your receipts for any eligible expenses incurred while you are outside the U.S. However, you can still use the debit card for eligible expenses anytime you return to the U.S. on vacation or business. Of course, you always have the option to continue to submit a claim, if needed.


Please note: This page applies to U.S.-payroll employees. This page provides only certain highlights of benefits or program provisions. It is not intended to be a complete explanation. If there are any discrepancies between this communication and legal plan documents, the legal documents will prevail to the extent permitted by law. This is not a plan text or a summary plan description. There are no vested rights with respect to Chevron health care plans or any company contributions toward the cost of such health care plans. Rather, Chevron Corporation reserves all rights, for any reason and at any time, to amend, change or terminate these plans or to change or eliminate the company contribution toward the cost of such plans. Such amendments, changes, terminations or eliminations may be applicable without regard to whether someone previously terminated employment with Chevron or previously was subject to a grandfathering provision. Some benefit plans and policies described in this document may be subject to collective bargaining and, therefore, may not apply to union represented employees.

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