Workers Comp Retirees Plan to Retire?

Provider Certification Form
(Confirming COSMETIC SERVICES were medically necessary)

Due to a recent IRS audit any cosmetic procedure that is NOT considered medically necessary will be subject to a 40% co-insurance processing charge that will allow the District to collect and remit the retiree share of Social Security and Medicare taxes along with State and Federal withholding taxes. Procedures that are certified as medically necessary will be exempt from taxation. The attached Provider Certification Form must be completed by your medical provider or the 40% charge will apply.

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    February 2022
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    September 2022
    Premium Equivalent Rates associated with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY plans remain flat between July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.   There have been adjustments to Premium Rates associated with Forever Blue and Passport PPO effective January 1, 2023.  If this impacts your annual contribution, the Benefits Office will contact you directly no later than December 15, 2022.
    Retirees have the choice of paying their contributions on an annual, semi-annual or quarterly basis.  Payment reminders will be mailed in December, with the first quarter due January 1st. Failure to make timely payments will result in cancellation.  
    Questions about what rate you are required to pay as a Retiree?  Click on Retiree Master Contribution Rates for more information.

    All health insurance contribution payments are to be made payable to the City of Buffalo/BPS and mailed to the address below:
    City of Buffalo/BPS
    PO Box 10695
    Albany, NY 12201-5695


    Life Changing Events & Notifications
    * You are required to notify the Benefits Office within 30 days if you have a life change that affects your insurance (ex: divorce, death or child aging off). 


    * Please remind your dependents to notify us immediately if you should predecease them, so that we may offer them COBRA.  Their eligibility ends the day after your death. 


    * It is your responsibility to update the Benefits Office with address, telephone number, email address, or emergency contact changes to ensure that you receive all important communications from our office.


    Hands raised with question marks Questions? 

    The best way to contact staff with your questions or to request a scheduled call is to email benefits@buffaloschools.org.  If you do not have access to email, please call 716-816-3754 and press prompt 3.  Please allow 1 - 2 business days for a response.  For questions specific to coverage, contact the customer service number located on the back of your insurance card.