FAQ - Comp and Benefits

How can I get reimbursed for my PayFlex Flexible Spending Account (Plan 125)?

As you incur eligible medically related or dependent care expenses, complete a PayFlex Flexible Spending Account Claim Form and submit directly to PayFlex.  These forms can be downloaded and printed from the Compensation and Benefits Forms document link on the right side of the page.  They can also be located in all departments and school offices.   A check for that amount will be mailed directly to your home.  Direct deposit of your reimbursement is also an option.  PayFlex processes claims on a weekly basis.

What if I submit a PayFlex (Plan 125) claim and I do not have sufficient funds in my account?

If you have insufficient funds in your Medical Care Account, the claim will be paid up to the amount of your annual contribution.  Subsequent salary deductions will be applied to the balance due.  If you have insufficient funds in your Dependent Care Spending Account, you will be reimbursed as funds become available. (Ex:  You submit a Dependent Care claim for $150 and only have $100 in the account; you will be reimbursed $100.  At the next check processing date you will be reimbursed the balance of $50 if you have that amount in your account.) 
 

How do I use the Flex Convenience Card

Using the convenience card to pay for your qualifying expenses is easy!  The advantage is that you do not have to pay money out of your pocket when you present the card for payment of qualifying expenses.  In some cases, you may not need to provide additional documentation either. Here are some helpful hints when using the card:

1. Use the card ONLY for qualifying expenses.

2. If you purchase non-qualifying expenses, you’ll be required to write a personal check back to the plan.

3. Keep copies of all receipts and itemized statements, (not the credit card receipt), for each purchase in a separate envelope.  This will make it easier if you are asked to provide documentation of a certain expense at anytime during the plan year.

4. The card works great for prescription drug or office visit co-pays that match your benefit plan amounts. If you are purchasing a prescription drug and other non-qualifying item, ask the merchant to ring up the prescription separately so that you can use the Flex Convenience Card.

5. The card can be used for purchasing contact lens cleaning solutions and eligible over-the-counter medicines and drugs. You will be requested to send the receipt in at a later date during the plan year to verify these expenses. If you are making additional purchases of non-qualifying items, ask the merchant to ring up the prescription separately so that you can use the Flex Convenience Card.

 

What steps are needed to begin a 403(b)?

Contact your financial consultant or the company he/she represents.  Complete an application for a 403(b).  Request a Modification of Employment Contract from the Compensation & Benefits office.  Return a copy of your completed application and the completed Modification of Employment Contract to the Compensation & Benefits office.  If you have additional 403(b) questions, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's 403(b) page.

How much money can I put into my 403(b) account?

Your financial consultant will calculate the annual limitations amount for you; however, YOU are responsible for ensuring that your contributions do not exceed your limitations.  Contributions in excess of your dollar limitation may cause a loss of the tax-deferred status.  Contact the IRS for a copy of Publication 571, a booklet that explains tax-sheltered accounts.  If you have additional questions, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's 403(b) page.

How much money does the School District contribute toward my 403(b)?

None.  All contributions to a 403(b) are made solely by the employee through payroll deduction.  If you have additional 403(b) questions, please visit the Compensation and Benefit's 403(b) page.

When will my health insurance be effective?

The effective date for coverage for new employees is the first of the month following 30 days of employment.   Example:  Employment date October 10, coverage begins December 1.  If you have any additional questions about health insurance, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's Benefits page.

When do I receive my Blue Cross/Blue Shield ID card?

The cards are sent directly from BCBS within 3-5 days after your coverage effective date.  If you have any additional questions about health insurance, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's Benefits page.

What do I do if I need a prescription before I receive my ID card?

Between the time you enroll and the time you receive your ID card, you will need to pay the pharmacist the full amount; then file a claim to BCBS to be reimbursed.  If you have any additional questions about health insurance, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's Benefits page.

How can I find out if something is covered by BCBS?

Contact BCBS for detailed information on claims coverage processing at 1-877-721-2583.  BCBS can also be reached at their website.  If you have any additional questions about health insurance, please visit the Compensation & Benefit's Benefits page.

How much life insurance am I insured for?

All full time employees are insured by a $25,000 Basic Term Life Insurance policy.  Additional Supplemental Life insurance may be purchased.