All permanent full-time employees are eligible to enroll themselves and their dependents in the health benefit programs. New employees must sign up for health insurance within thirty days of their date of hire to participate. Most employees qualify if they are working 50% or more for the year but benefits vary by bargaining unit so employees should refer to the applicable union contract. Eligible dependents include lawful spouse or registered domestic partner, children under 26 years of age, stepchildren and legally adopted children. Open enrollment is in the fall each year.
Active and retired employees have the opportunity to move from one plan to another, change options, or change dependent status. Information will be posted on this web page during Open Enrollment. All questions about benefits and open enrollment should be directed to the Benefits Office.
Resignations and retirements should be given with sufficient notice to the school site or department to allow for an effective transition. If you plan on retiring, be sure to contact either CalSTRS or CalPERS a few months ahead of your planned retirement date. Retiree health benefits vary by bargaining unit and you must retire with PERS or STRS within 120 days of separation to be eligible — refer to your contract or benefit office for more information.
Please be advised that as a result of the District’s withdrawal from the CalPERS medical benefits system, beginning August 18, 2014, all CalPERS 2014 open enrollment announcements and/or mailings you may have received, are no longer applicable. The District will be providing all pertinent open enrollment information to all CalPERS health benefits participants in the coming weeks.
Beginning January 1, 2012, CalPERS members will see a few changes in their health plan pharmacy benefits approved by the CalPERS Board of Administration earlier this year. One change is a “member pays the difference” requirement. Under this new rule, when a doctor prescribes a brand name drug – and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved generic equivalent is available – the member will pay the difference between the costs of the brand name and the generic drug. The member will also have to make the generic drug copayment.