USPSCA to end

The Postal Service is discontinuing USPSCA, a corporate account payment method used for Express Mail Corporate Accounts and Priority Mail Express Manifest Accounts.

USPSCAs — also known as United States Postal Service Corporate Accounts — are prefunded by customers to ship documents or packages by Priority Mail Express.

USPSCA customers receive a 5 percent price reduction on all domestic Priority Mail Express shipments, regardless of volume.

The Postal Service is discontinuing USPSCA because use of the service has declined over the years, while costs have continued to rise.

The organization will begin shutting down the service in January 2023 by closing all inactive accounts.

All remaining accounts will be closed on July 1.

Customers who use USPSCA as a payment method are being encouraged to switch to a payment alternative, such as Click-N-Ship, Electronic Verification System, ePostage, PC Postage or meter.

Customers should contact their sales account representative, business service network representative or their local Post Office for assistance with switching their accounts.

Customers who have a balance remaining on their USPSCA can email the Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC) at MSSC@usps.gov to request a refund. The request should include signed authorization on letterhead, the USPSCA number, and the name and location of the business.

Accounts with a negative balance after July 1 will be sent for collection. Customers with negative balances can email MSSC to arrange payments.

Hunger pangs

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is food and nutrition.

According to data from the United Nations:

• Nearly 1 in 3 people, or 2.37 billion, did not have access to adequate food in 2020. That is an increase of almost 320 million in one year.

• 149.2 million children under the age of 5 — more than 1 in 5 — experienced impaired growth and development from poor nutrition.

• After plateauing from 2014 to 2019 at roughly 8.4 percent, the prevalence of undernourishment climbed to 9.9 percent in 2020.

• The U.N. says the world is not on track to achieve zero hunger by 2030, one of 17 sustainable development goals set out by the U.N. Foundation in 2015.

If you would like to alter this recipe for disaster, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

• Under “CFC Giving System” on the homepage, choose “online charity search.”

• In the “Find A Charity” section, you’ll see “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Food, Agriculture and Nutrition.” Page after page of related charities can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive.

The latest campaign began September 1 and runs through January 14.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The GiveCFC.org website has more information.

This is the 10th in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: Giving Tuesday.

Healthy savings

Postal Service employees who want to save money for medical expenses have several options during this year’s open season, which runs through Dec. 12.

If you enroll in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), you may be eligible to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).

An HSA allows you to pay for current medical expenses and save for future expenses on a tax-deductible or pretax basis. An HSA is yours to keep, even if you change health plans or leave the Postal Service.

Additionally, some plans offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), which are funds you can use to help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. HRAs are generally available to employees who enroll in a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP).

If you prefer plans other than an HDHP or CDHP, you can sign up for a flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to set aside money on a pretax basis to pay for health and dependent care expenses.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has more information to help you evaluate your options and choose a plan that best fits your needs.