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    The Buffalo City School District is proud of the opportunities and advantages we offer to

    our employees and we are committed to providing high-quality benefits and programs 

    designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.




    Mark Your Calendars!  

    Open Enrollment Runs November 1 - November 30

    Open Enrollment is the time of year when you are able to change your health insurance plan, or update eligible dependents, and/or enroll in a Flexible Spending

    Account (FSA). It’s also a great time to evaluate your health plan needs. To determine if you should take action during Open Enrollment, please review the frequently asked questions below.


    I’m happy with my current health insurance plan. Do I need to do anything?

    No action is needed.  Your current health insurance plan will roll over to the 2022 plan year. 


    If I am not happy with my current health insurance plan, what do I do?

    Visit www.buffaloschools.org/benefits >Open Enrollment (launches November 1st) >Active Employee Benefits.    Here you will find an easy-to-use checklist and your health insurance comparison charts by clicking on your union’s page.  If you have access to health insurance through another source, submit a health insurance waiver form to receive annual financial compensation.


    What is a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

    Flexible Spending Accounts allow you to set aside tax-free money and then use that money when you have certain everyday expenses, such as daycare, elder care, and health care.  BPS offers you two FSAs: a health care FSA and a dependent care FSA. More information is available on the Open Enrollment page associated with your union at www.buffaloschools.org/benefitsYou must enroll in your FSA EVERY YEAR, during open enrollment.


    What are the Open Enrollment dates this year?

    The open enrollment period for 2021 benefits is November 1-30, 2021. New benefit choices are effective January 1, 2022.


    How do I submit my forms?

    Enrollment forms have been updated to Adobe Sign and should be submitted electronically.  Printed forms will be accepted via email Benefits@Buffaloschools.org or fax at 716-851-3587. DO NOT SEND VIA PONY. Applications received December 1, 2021, or later will be returned to the employee and will not be processed.BPS City Hall offices remain closed to the public. 


    What happens if I miss the Open Enrollment period?

    You must wait to make changes to your health insurance or enroll in a flexible spending account until the next open enrollment period.



    Am I eligible for a Commuter Benefit Plan (CBP)?

    The CBP allows you to set aside tax-free money for mass transit and parking expenses associated with your employment.  Members of BCSA, BEST, PCTEA, and Exempt Administrators are eligible for this benefit.


    What if I have additional questions?

    The best way to contact staff with your questions or to request a scheduled phone call is to email benefits@buffaloschools.org. Please allow 1 - 2 business days for a response.  For questions specific to coverages, contact the Blue Cross/Blue Shield customer service number located on the back of your insurance card.   





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    Buffalo, NY 14202

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