Open Enrollment Dates

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Open Enrollment Tips and Tricks


  • The following employees must complete open enrollment:

o   All regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week.

o   All permanent substitutes

  • When is open enrollment? When do new elections begin?

o   Open enrollment begins TODAY October 22nd through November 2nd.

o   Any changes or new elections made during open enrollment are effective January 1, 2019.

  • If I have questions, who can I contact?

o   The easiest and quickest way to reach us during open enrollment is via email at

o   A benefits representative will be coming to your building during open enrollment to be available to answer questions. Please see attached schedule for the date and time we will be at your building.

  • How do I complete open enrollment?

o   Please log into the Employee Portal at:

o   Go to Benefits – Benefits Enrollment

o   The Employee Portal works best using Google Chrome

  • I’m stuck on the Primary Physician page; how do I go back to change my election? Whether it’s for medical or dental, enter a 3-digit number (HINT: if you are changing to PPO, you can enter any 3-digit number), then click previous to go back to the previous screen.
  • If you participated in the 2018 biometrics screening, you must complete open enrollment to receive the 2019 medical premium discount.  You will see the correct rates when you log into the Employee Portal.
  • To view more detailed information about all of our benefit offerings, please click here(you will be prompted to log into the Employee Portal).  You have access to your Benefit Summary (rates included) and more information regarding Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Sun Life and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Sun Life – please read these pages carefully especially the Optional Life page.

o   If you and your spouse both work at the District, each employee must elect their own Optional Life Insurance.  You can NOT elect spousal Optional Life Insurance coverage if your spouse works for the district.

o   You may elect Optional Life Insurance for your child(ren) up to age 19 (or to age 26 if the child is a full-time student).  Please note: It is your responsibility to remove this benefit once your child(ren) are no longer eligible.

  • If you have a dependent who turned 26 earlier in the year, or will turn 26 before December 31, 2018, please do not include them in your elections for open enrollment.
  • If you experience a qualifying event anytime during the year, you have 30 days to make changes to your benefits as it relates to the qualifying event.  Examples of a qualifying event are:  marriage, divorce, birth/adoption, loss of other coverage.  Please contact us at if you have any questions.



If you have any questions, please contact us at



Open Enrollment is October 22nd through November 2nd




Vision Benefits

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  • To look up network eye care providers go to: and select INSIGHT network
  • Freedom Pass – When you shop at Sears Optical or Target Optical, you can get frames – even top fashion brands – for $0 out-of-pocket through the Freedom Pass program.
  • The vision plan allows for one free exam every 12 months with an in-network provider at no charge to you.
  • How often can I get new glasses or contact lenses? 

o   The vision plan allows lenses once every 12 months (please see the attached highlight sheet for copay amounts for different types of lenses);


o   Contact lenses once every 12 months; there is an allowance up to $130, and 15% off balance over $130.

o   The vision plan allows frames once every 12 months; there is an allowance up to $130, and 20% off balance over $130.

  • LASIK – you can save up to 15% off the retail price – for providers contact 1-877-5LASER6.
  • Please see attached for more highlights of our plan. You can also find the highlights about this benefit or other benefits, in the Employee Portal.  Once you have logged in, go to: BenefitsàHelpful Benefit Documents


If you have questions, please contact the Benefits team at


Open Enrollment is October 22nd through November 2nd

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More Benefits Info

Did you know??


  • Our FSA vendor is Employee Benefits Corporation (EBC)


o   1-800-346-2126

  • What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? A flexible spending account is a way to set aside pre-tax money from your paycheck to help pay for certain medical, dental, vision, and daycare/babysitting expenses.
  • What types of FSAs are available?

o   Medical Flexible Spending accounts (FSA) – a standard health FSA is used to pay eligible medical, dental and vision expenses.

o   Limited Health FSA – a limited health FSA is for employees enrolled in the PPO HDHP plan only and want to use pre-tax money to pay for eligible dental and vision expenses only.

o   Dependent Care FSA – a dependent care FSA is used to pay for daycare or babysitting for your dependent children under 13 years of age.

  • What if I do not use all the funds during the plan year?

o   For the Medical FSA and Limited Health FSA you can rollover up to $500 each year of unused funds.

o   For the Dependent Care FSA, no rollover is allowed.

o   Any unused funds in Dependent Care FSA, or any amount over $500 in the Medical FSA or Limited Health FSA would be forfeited if not used.

  • Examples of common expenses are: medical copays, prescriptions, glasses, contact lenses.  Please see attached for a more complete list of eligible expenses.
  • How much can I elect?

o   Standard Health FSA – a maximum of $2650 per year

o   Limited Health FSA – a maximum of $2000 per year

o   Dependent Care FSA – a maximum of $5000 per year

  • How do I pay for eligible expenses using FSA funds?

o   You can pay for eligible expenses using the debit card for the standard and limited health FSA accounts.  If you prefer, you can submit claims online. 

o   For Dependent Care FSA, you will submit claims online.

  • Do I need to keep my receipts? Yes, you should keep your receipts.  For certain expenses, especially dental and vision you will be required to submit detailed receipts to our FSA vendor to substantiate the purchase.  If you do not submit receipts when requested, your debit card can be put on hold until documentation is received.  You will also need receipts for daycare/babysitting for Dependent Care FSA claims.
  • Is there a deadline to submit claims for each year?

o   For each calendar year, you have a runout period to submit claims, or March 31stof the next year.


If you have any questions, please contact us at




Open Enrollment is October 22nd through November 2nd

One Conference

The following PASS Members attending the One Conference are:

  • Juanita Samms (BMLC)
  • Nancy Lares (BMLC)
  • Jennifer Peil (BMLC)
  • JoAnne Clemans (Academy)
  • Bill Favero (OMT/PCHS)
  • Maria Yepez (BMLC)


Left to right are: Juanita, Joanne, Nancy, Bill, Jennifer and Maria

Thanks for attending!!