• NEW EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PACKAGE
    Permanent Engineers

     

    Union Affiliation: Local 409
     

    BENEFITS CHECKLIST 


    THERE ARE THREE REQUIRED FORMS THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT TO THE BENEFITS OFFICE

    WITHIN 30 DAYS OF HIRE TO ESTABLISH YOUR BENEFITS.  

     

    INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT ELECTRONIC FORMS HERE

     

    1. Health Insurance Enrollment Form OR 
      1. Waiver Form if you decline to enroll in District Health Insurance 
    2. Group Life Insurance Enrollment Form  
    3. Employee Notification Acknowledgement
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    Optional Benefits

    • Pre-Tax Retirement Savings - 403(b) and/or 457(b) Deferred Compensation 
    • Health and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account 
    • Employee Assistance Program
       
      Failure to return all required forms, completed in their entirety, will result in a processing delay. 

     

     
    Health Insurance

    There are 4 premium Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY plans for you to choose from. You may choose to have single or family coverage.  View the eligibility guidelines to determine who can be considered a dependent for family coverage.

     

    The effective date of the insurance coincides with your hire date unless you submit your completed enrollment forms more than 30 days post your hire date.  Then, your effective date is the first of the following month.

     

    We are unable to advise in choosing a health insurance plan.  A summary is listed below and a health insurance comparison chart is available for your review.

     

    Traditional Insurance - There is no network to choose from, so this plan provides flexibility of going to any medical provider.  (It is imperative that I go to Doctor X, no matter what!)

     

    Plan A may work for an employee/dependent(s) who travels extensively, especially internationally or for someone/dependent who has a unique medical situation for which they need specialized services and/or equipment.  This plan has a $150 single, $300 family deductible (in addition to bi-weekly payroll contribution), which the employee must meet before insurance kicks in.  Please review the services on pages 3 & 4 of the detailed chart that follows, as those tend to require a 20% co-insurance of the cost of the service/procedure/equipment.  This means the District pays 80% of the bill, and the employee is responsible for 20% of the bill (out of pocket maximum is $500 single and $1000 family).

     

    Point of Service (POS) Insurance – Enrollees must choose from doctors enrolled in the network, or be required to pay co-insurance for the cost of their service.  (It is not imperative that I go to Doctor X, I can find another highly qualified doctor, in my area, that is enrolled in the BCBS network).

     

    Plans B, C, and D may work for an employee/dependent(s) who generally remains in the Western New York region for the majority of their time, and are not experiencing unique medical situations that need specialized services and/or equipment.  These are generic POS plans, with the majority of services requiring a $15 co-pay, which helps an employee/dependent(s) budget for medical costs for the year (x number of doctor’s visit/year x $15 = out of pocket expenses). 

     

    Differences between these three plans are Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetic Devices, Diabetic Supplies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Out of Network (travel and specialization).  You are greatly encouraged to review these differences in the comparison chart (above) and ask yourself questions about your current and future health insurance needs in an effort to decide among the three.

     

    To find out if a doctor is in the BCBS of WNY network, visit:

    https://www.bcbswny.com/content/wny/find-a-doctor.html.

     


     

    2022 - 2023 Health Contributions
    Employees hired after 2/1/2007, shall contribute to health insurance at the rate of 15% of the premium over the course of twelve (12) months, through pre-tax payroll deductions, based on your choice of family or single coverage.

     

     

    Plan Name Coverage Bi-weekly contribution
    Plan A (Traditional) Single $61.80
      Family $135.90
    Plan B (POS) Single $47.50
      Family $131.40
    Plan C (POS) Single $49.50
      Family $136.60
    Plan D (POS) Single $43.40
      Family $135.40

     

     

    Your application will be processed when your appointment is approved by the Board and all completed paperwork and required documentation is received in the Benefits Office.
     

    HEALTH INSURANCE WAIVER

     Waiver logo

    If you are receiving health insurance coverage from another source: You are eligible to participate in the Waiver Program, which entitles you to $100 per month in lieu of health insurance. This benefit is time-sensitive and not retroactive.  

    If you are married to a Board of Education Employee you are only eligible for one family policy. The employee not enrolled in health insurance may take advantage of the Waiver Program by completing the form. The form is listed as 1a at the top of this webpage.

     

    ENROLLMENT FORM

    Waiver Form

     

     

    Group Life Insurance 

    Life Insurance

     

    Life Insurance is provided at no cost to you.  You are required to have a form on file to identify your beneficiaries. It is also advisable to update this form periodically as you experience life-changing events.  Life insurance is only provided for the employee and ceases upon separation from the District.

     

    ENROLLMENT FORM

    Group Life Insurance Enrollment Form

     

     

    family with stethoscope Employee Notifications

    Learn more about your rights to health insurance and benefits, including detailed information on Employee's Responsibility for Health Insurance, Open Enrollment, Summary of Benefits and Coverage, COBRA, HIPAA, the District's Grandfathered Status of the ACA, the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act, Newborns' and Mothers' Health Protection Act, and Exchange Notice.  Retain this Employee Notification for your records.

     

     

     

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

    Employee Notification Acknowledgement

     

     

     

    Dental Vision Logo DENTAL & VISION BENEFITS
    These supplemental benefits are provided by your union. Contact Jeffrey Lathrop, 716-891-4058 or JCLathrop@buffaloschools.org

     

     

     

    OPTIONAL BENEFITS


     

    Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 

    FSA Piggy Bank

    The Flexible Spending Account program is a benefit that enables you to place pre-tax dollars in an account for unreimbursed healthcare or dependent care expenses. Employees determine the amount to contribute for the year via payroll deductions. 

    • The plan year runs from January 1st through December 31st, 2022
    • There are two types of FSA: Medical and Dependent Care
    • Medical FSA - health care expenses that are eligible for reimbursement under the FSA plan include medical, dental, vision, and other expenses not covered under your health insurance (such as co-payments, deductibles, and prescription drugs). 
      • Maximum annual election - $3,050 maximum 
      • Minimum annual election - $200 minimum.
      • Roll-over feature. Up to $610 in unused funds can roll from 2023 plan year to the 2024 plan year. Any excess funds in excess of $610 will be forfeited. Rollover funds will become available on your P&A Card in April even if you do not re-enroll for the next plan year. Separation from service is the only circumstance that would prevent you from utilizing the rollover funds in the future.
      • All eligible expenses must be incurred by December 31st. If you choose to use paper Reimbursement Claim Forms they must be submitted by March 31st. 
    • The IRS no longer allows employees who intend to retire during the middle of a plan year the ability to accelerate payments to the Health FSA to be used at a time after separation from their employer.  Your card will be deactivated upon separation. Should there be unspent funds in the Health FSA when separation from the District occurs prior to the end of the plan year (December 31st), you will be provided with COBRA information.  

     

    • Dependent Care FSA - expenses that are eligible for reimbursement include such items as childcare and eldercare services.  The Dependent Care FSA can help you pay your eligible out-of-pocket dependent care costs. Expenses are limited to household services or the care of one or more qualifying individuals (i.e., a dependent child less than age 13 or a dependent adult), while you are at work.
      • Maximum annual election - $5,000 (if single or if married and filing jointly)
      • Maximum annual election - $2,500 (if married and filing separately) 
      • Minimum annual election -  $200
      • A grace period of 75 days to incur expenses in the new plan year and have those expenses be paid out of the previous years' contributions.  Unspent funds after the grace period expires are forfeited. 
      • Reimbursement Claim Forms must be submitted by March 31st.  

     

    Learn more about how a Health Care FSA works.

     

    P&A Group Flexible Spending Account Brochure

     

    ENROLLMENT FORM:

    Initial enrollment must occur within 30 days of hire or during the open enrollment period (November 1st – November 30th).  Employees determine the amount to contribute for the year via payroll deductions. It is called your annual election. For 12-month employees, your annual election will be deducted over 26 pay periods and for 10-month employees, your annual election will be deducted over 19 pay periods. This will be pro-rated for newly hired employees or those who are enrolling due to life-changing events at a time other than the beginning of the calendar year.

     

    FSA Enrollment Form 

     

     

    TAX SHELTER ANNUITIES

     

    ALL EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE to save for retirement by contributing to a 403(b) Plan and/or a 457 NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, through payroll deductions. There are two major benefits to participation in these tax shelter plans. First, you do not pay income tax on contributions until you begin making withdrawals from the plan, usually, after you retire. Additionally, earnings and gains are not taxed until you make withdrawals.

     

    403b

    The District has contracted with The OMNI Group to administer the 403b Tax Shelter Program. Please visit their website at omni403b.com for further information or to download a Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) to make changes to your existing account. (Please note that while the OMNI SRA has the availability to list multiple Service Providers, you may only choose ONE (1) provider for your payroll deductions.)  To open a new account, please refer to the list of Participating Service Providers that have been provided below for your convenience.

    457b 

    For further information on the NYS 457 Deferred Compensation Plan visit their website at https://www.nysdcp.com/iApp/tcm/nysdcp/about/index.jsp or call the helpline at 1-800-422-8463. If you already are enrolled in the Plan and wish to make changes to your bi-weekly contribution please contact NYSDCP.

     

    Informational video on what is a tax shelter annuity and how to choose the best one for you:

    https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/2090

     

    2023 Maximum Allowable Contribution (MAC) limits

    $22,500 or $30,000 if age 50 or older

    Note: you may contribute to both a 403(b) and a 457 NYS Deferred Compensation Account. 

     

    Employee Assistance Program 

    EAP with signs supportive effective voluntary confidential  

    The District provides an EAP service that provides free & confidential services to our employees and their family members who may be experiencing personal &/or work-related issues.  Services included:

    • Assessments
    • Short-term Counseling
    • Referrals
    • Follow-up Services

     

    ComPysch also has incredible resources on its website, that includes articles, slide shows, and training on the following topics:

    Communication Skills

    Personal Development

    Parenting

    Resilience

    Family & Relationships

    Behavioral Health & Wellness

    Older Adult Care

    Legal & Financial

     

    Access the Employee Assistance Program contact information to learn more.