Welcome to Your LBUSD Benefits

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New Blue Shield HMO and PPO Saver Prescription Drug Formulary

Effective January 1, 2018, HMO and PPO Saver Plan members, make sure your prescriptions are covered under the New Blue Shield Prescription Drug Formulary, and which new co-pay tier they fall into.  If you have any questions, call Shield Concierge at (855) 599-2657

 

Welcome to wellness

We’re all about wellness at Long Beach Unified School District! As a part of our initiative, we’ve built this website to help you find everything you need to know about benefits and wellness through the District.

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Benefits News

Back to School Tips with Delta Dental Did you know that 30% of kids miss school because of oral health problems? This fall, make sure your child shines inside and outside the classroom. Here are some great tips and resources from Delta Dental:

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What's New

EASE is here to help. Did you know EASE, our Employee Assistance Program, offers tools and resources to help you manage stress? You can find information and resources online or by phone at (800) 882-1341.

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Beat the End of Summer Blues

Summer is the season of BBQs, fireworks, sun… and the blues? Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean your good mood has to as well. Here are some tips to help you maintain your sunny, summery disposition:

  • Save your summer snaps: Put your favorite picture from this summer in a frame or set summer photos as the screensaver on your computer.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: Make sure you get in the full 8 hours – you’ll be more likely to feel refreshed and accomplish your daily goals.
  • Clean out your closet: There is no better time to revamp your wardrobe. Go through your closet and get rid of those items you haven’t worn in years.
  • Don’t forget fun: A busier schedule doesn’t mean you sacrifice fun. Go to a new place for dinner with your significant other or plan a monthly movie night with friends.

Benefits

The District offers you and your eligible dependents a comprehensive selection of health and welfare benefits. Keep in mind that certain benefits in each plan may vary, depending on your bargaining unit.

Benefits Overview

The 2017 – 2018 plan year is July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Review the documents below for more information about your 2017 – 2018 benefits. Keep in mind that certain benefits may vary by plan, depending on your bargaining unit.

Enrollment at LBUSD

Medical, Dental, Vision and Other District Benefits

  • New Employees: You must enroll with 30 days of your date of hire.
  • Open Enrollment: May of each year for benefits effective July 1.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Enrollment: Fall 2017 for FSAs effective January 1, 2018

Wellness

We want the information that we share here to help you reach your personal wellness goals. Here you’ll find a variety of resources to help you get started and stay committed to a healthy lifestyle.

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Make the Most of Weight Watchers

Want a 50% discount to Weight Watchers?
Enroll today (Employer ID: 12028701 /Employer Passcode: WW12028701). This benefit is available to all active employees, retirees and spouses. Click here to learn more about the programs available to you.

Note: If you are an active employee enrolled in WeightWatchers and you retire, your active employee registration will be canceled. If you want to continue your District Weight Watchers discount program, you must re-register as a retiree. Use this Guide to register.

Eat Healthy with Weight Watchers! Sign up for a webinar today.

See more Weight Watchers resources (updated monthly) ...

Wellness Resources

Did you know your medical plan and the Employee Assistance Program offer a variety of wellness resources? Click each box below for details:

Keep Your Sleep Routine Consistent

  • Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time as much as you can.
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, like listening to peaceful music.
  • Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.
  • Exercise daily to help regulate sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about your benefits and wellness resources.

New Hire and Mid-Year Enrollee FAQs

  • Who is eligible for District benefits?

    You’re generally eligible for benefits if you’re a probationary or permanent employee and you work 50% or more of a full-time assignment. (This equals at least 80 hours of work every four weeks). Your dependents may also be eligible for benefits. For more information about dependent eligibility, see the 2017– 2018 Benefits Booklet.

  • Who is considered my eligible dependent?

    Eligible dependents include:

    • Your legal spouse. (Required documentation: a marriage certificate in English.)
    • Your California-registered domestic partner. A California-registered domestic partner is the same gender as you or may be opposite-gender only if at least one partner is over age 62. (Required documentation: a certified copy of the Declaration of Domestic Partnership filed with the Secretary of State.) Please note: Domestic partners do not receive the same tax benefits as legal spouses. You and your domestic partner must become legal spouses to receive tax benefits.
    • Your natural children or stepchildren up to age 26.
      Adopted children must have been placed by a recognized county or private agency and must be in the physical control of you or your spouse or domestic partner, and you must have the right to control the health care of the child. (Required documentation: a birth certificate.)
    • Your children, stepchildren, or adopted children who are mentally or physically disabled. Your dependent must also:
      • Be chiefly dependent on you or your spouse or domestic partner for support and maintenance;
      • Have been disabled continuously prior to reaching limiting age;
      • Have been enrolled as a dependent under your coverage before reaching limiting age; and
      • The proof of disability must be submitted to the Employee Service Center within 31 days after the onset of the disability, the attainment of the limiting age, or the time of initial enrollment. (Required documentation: a birth certificate and a physician’s written certification of the disability.)
    • Any children for whom you are the non-temporary legal guardian (excluding foster children) or whom you are required to support as part of a Qualified Medical Child Support Order (QMCSO) (Required documentation: court or administrative orders from the District Attorneys' office, State Department of Health Services, or the courts). Children who meet these requirements are eligible for coverage as long as they don’t have access to medical coverage through their employer.
  • How do I enroll for benefits as a new hire?

    Here are the steps to enroll online (your benefit enrollment window will be available on your hire date):

    • Go to www.benefitenroll.com.
    • Login using your username and password. Your User ID is the last six digits of your Social Security Number. Your password is your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format.
    • On the landing page, look for My Current Elections under the Quick Links section.
    • Click the My Current Elections link. On the next screen, select the New Hire Enrollment tab. It is just to the right side of LBUSD logo.
    • On each benefit election page, select the plan and coverage level you want, then click “Next” to move to the next benefit.
    • Once you’ve completed the enrollment process, you’ll be directed to a confirmation page, at which point you can print a confirmation statement. You’ll also receive a paper confirmation statement in the mail once your enrollment is complete.
    • If you need to correct a benefit election, log into www.benefitenroll.com, click the New Hire Enrollment link and walk through the process again. You can do this up to 30 days from your date of eligibility.
  • When do I enroll for benefits if I have a life status event such as marriage, birth, loss of coverage, etc.?

    You must enroll within 30 days of your date of hire or following a qualifying status change. If you have any questions, contact the Employee Service Center at (866) 844-9744 or online.

  • When does coverage begin?

    If you enroll within 30 days of becoming eligible, your coverage will take effect on your eligibility date.

    For qualifying status changes, if you enroll within 30 days of a birth, adoption, or placement for adoption, coverage will take effect on the date of the event. Changes you make as a result of other qualifying status changes will take effect the first day of the month after you submit the appropriate documentation to the Employee Service Center.

  • What if I don’t enroll for benefits?

    If you don’t enroll for benefits, you will only have company-provided basic life and AD&D insurance (assuming you’re eligible). You’ll also be enrolled for the company-provided employee assistance program. Your next opportunity to enroll for District benefits will be in May 2018.

Benefit FAQs

  • What is the District Benefits Plan year?

    Your District Medical benefits are effective July 1 through June 30 of each year. However, Delta Dental applies your benefits on a calendar year basis, January – December.

  • How do I enroll for benefits during Open Enrollment?

    • Go to www.benefitenroll.com.
    • Log-in to the site. Your user ID is the last six digits of your Social Security number, and the first time you Log-in, your password is your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format. (For example, if you were born May 9, 1970, your password would be 05091970.)
    • After you log-in to the site for the first time, you’ll be prompted to change your password.
    • Click Enrollment under the Steps to Enroll heading.
    • You can review your current benefits by selecting Review Employee Coverage.
    • To enroll for your benefits, select Open Enrollment at the top of the page.
    • For each benefit, select the plan and coverage level you want, then click Next to move to the next benefit.
    • Once you’ve completed the enrollment process, you’ll be directed to a confirmation page, at which point you can print a confirmation statement. You’ll also receive a paper confirmation statement in the mail once your enrollment is complete.
  • Why should I use an in-network provider?

    When you use an in-network provider, your plan will cover more of the cost of care you receive. This means you save more on health care costs.

  • How do I find out if my doctor is in my network?

    Blue Shield of California HMO, PPO $aver, or PPO plan: click here and select ‘Find a Provider’ on the left side of your screen.

    Kaiser HMO: click here, and select ‘Find Doctors’.

  • Where can I find providers for chiropractic services?

    Chiropractic services are available for Kaiser and Blue Shield members. Select the links below to find providers in your network:

  • How do I find a dental provider?

    Click here and look for “Find a Dentist” in the right hand column. Select the network of dentists you are looking for, provide your city or ZIP code, and click “Search” to find a Delta Dental provider.

  • How do I know if my prescription is on the National Preferred Formulary?

    If you're enrolled in the Blue Shield PPO Plan and your drug is on the national preferred formulary, your benefits will probably be better. You can contact Express Scripts Member Services, (866) 662-0297 or visit the Express Scripts website, for information about which drugs are on the national preferred formulary. Keep in mind that your benefits will be highest if you receive a generic drug.

  • Where can I find a list of eligible expenses covered by my FSA?

    For a full list of expenses that can be paid for with your FSA, go to the IRS website.

  • When should I use urgent care instead of the emergency room?

    The urgent care can be a cost effective alternative to the emergency room. Here are some symptoms that can be evaluated and treated at an urgent care clinic include:

    - Fever without rash
    - Ear pain
    - Common sprain
    - Sore throat
    - Shallow cut

  • Will I be able to continue using the District WeightWatchers discount program when I retire?

    If you are an active employee enrolled in WeightWatchers and you retire, your active employee registration will be canceled. If you want to continue your District WeightWatchers discount program, you must re-register as a retiree. Use this Guide to register.

 

 

 

Plan Documents

For complete contact information for all of your benefits click Active Employee or Retiree. Below you’ll find summaries and forms related to your benefits:

Medical

Dental

Vision

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Hearing Aid Reimbursement

  • Forms

    Active employees who are insured in one of the District’s medical plans may request reimbursement from the District for the costs of hearing aids. The maximum amount of reimbursement is $1,000 within any three-year period. The cost of hardware, fitting tests, and other tests related to the hearing aids is included for reimbursement purposes. Dependents covered by District medical plans are not eligible for this benefit.

Insurance

COBRA/Direct Billing

Notices

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Page last updated: September 14, 2017