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Thank you for visiting the Bloomington Public Schools Office of Human Resources Web Page. The staff of Bloomington Public Schools is our most important resource for providing learners in our community with a high quality educational system. The Human Resources Team looks forward to providing you with excellent service.PreferredOne Prescriptions (1/24/2014)
We have been notified from PreferredOne that all deductibles have been corrected and the 30 versus 90 day refill benefit is updated. Please be sure your pharmacy is aware that you have a new insurance card and have updated their records. If you continue to experience issues with your prescriptions, please call Julie Hanson at 952 681-6444. HSAs and 2013 Taxes (1/24/2014)
If you have a health savings account, you are required to file tax Form 8889 with your tax return. In order to complete Form 8889, you will need your W-2 and Form 1099-SA which is provided by Health Equity. You’ll receive Form 1099-SA by January 31 in the same manner (either by mail or online) as you do your monthly HSA statements. See the HR Communicates – HSA and 2013 Taxes at www.bloomingtonschools.info/hr
for more information.
Update on PreferredOne Presciption Issues (1/17/14)
We continue to experience some issues with receiving a 90 day refill versus a 30 day supply at the pharmacy. PreferredOne and ClearScript, the pharmacy benefit manager, are working to correct all the issues that members have been experiencing and apologize for the disruption in services and inconvenience. Here are some tips that may help you when you go to the pharmacy:
- Be sure to show your pharmacy your new PreferredOne member ID card that was recently mailed to you. Your member ID card has the new pharmacy code that allows the pharmacy to properly process the claim online.
- If needed, indicate to your pharmacy that Argus is the new processor for ClearScript and PreferredOne. This will assist any pharmacists who are still unaware of the change.
- If you incur out-of-pocket expenses because a prescription was denied or you felt it was paid incorrectly, please mail the prescription receipt/label (not cash register receipt) which includes pharmacy name/address, date filled, drug name/strength, NDC, Rx number, quantity and any additional documentation to PreferredOne’s Claims Department at PO Box 59212, Minneapolis, MN 55459. Please be certain to include your name, mailing address and member ID number (found on your member ID card) to assist PreferredOne with reimbursement.
Additional updates will be posted here, in the INKSPOT and your unit conference. An important message about your PreferredOne Insurance Card (12/13/2013)
PreferredOne will be mailing new ID cards during the month of December to all members. These new cards will include a sticker indicating that this new card is effective January 1, 2014. Please continue to use your current card through December 31, 2013. This new card does not change any of your existing plan benefits, but is required due to an internal administrative change in claim codes by our pharmacy benefit manager, ClearScript. What is Wellness 100? (12/13/2013)
All district employees can be reimbursed up to $100 for participating in a wellness-themed instructional class and/or a race or walk. Examples include a Zumba class, 5K race, healthy cooking class, yoga class, etc. Complete an Employee Reimbursement Form
and submit with original receipts to Julie Hanson in HR. In-Network Providers/Out-of-Network Providers (12/13/2013)
If you participate in the district health insurance with PreferredOne, remember that you receive a better benefit if you choose providers that are “in-network”. Out-of-network benefits are subject to an 80/20 coinsurance after the deductible is met. If you are visiting a new provider, it is always good to verify with PreferredOne Customer Service at 763 847-4477 if this providers is in-network. A directory of in-network providers is also available at www.preferredone.com
(choose Open Access 200 network). It's Time to Review your HSA (12/6/2013)
This is a good time of the year to review your HSA account. Do you want to maximize your 2013 allowable contribution? Do you need to start or change your personal contribution for 2014? Check out the 2014 IRS guidelines
to see the maximum HSA contribution amounts for 2014. Remember that you need to include the district contribution in the IRS allowable HSA contribution amount. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility to monitor your account so that you do not over contribute and incur a penalty.
It is also a good time to see if anything has changed regarding your eligibility. For married individuals, you are not eligible for an HSA if your spouse has a Medical Flexible Spending Account, HRA or VEBA or if you are covered by your spouse’s health insurance (if a non-HDHP). To change your contribution or update your eligibility, complete the HSA eligibility form
and send to Human Resources at least 10 days before payday.Important Information Regarding HSA and Severance (11/15/2013)
Are you thinking about retiring in 2014? Do you qualify for severance? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you’ll want to keep reading. According to the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS), administrators of the Health Care Saving Plan (HCSP) where severance money is deposited, you may not request reimbursement for medical expenses/premiums from your severance fund during a calendar year that you had contributions to a HSA. The IRS considers having access to your HCSP account while also contributing to an HSA in the same calendar year as “conflicting coverage”. If you have any contributions (personal or district) to your HSA, MSRS advises that you submit a suspension form to suspend HCSP reimbursements for medical expenses for the remainder of the calendar year. In order to comply with the IRS interpretation, you might want to maximize your 2013 HSA personal contribution and change your personal contribution to “zero” for 2014. Complete the HSA form
and submit to HR by December 13 to make a change to your 2014 HSA personal contribution.Can I make a change to my insurance during the plan year? (11/8/2013)
To make a mid-year change, you need to experience a qualifying life event. Qualifying life events include birth, adoption, death, marriage, divorce or change in employment status of you or your spouse. We also allow you to make changes to your insurance if your spouse is having open enrollment or if you will now have coverage beginning Jan. 1 in the Minnesota Health Care Exchange. Check out Forms A-Z to find the PreferredOne or Delta Dental Change Form and submit it to Human Resources within 30 days of the qualifying event. Changes without a qualifying event can be made during our annual open enrollment scheduled for April 14-28. Changes made during open enrollment are effective July 1, 2014.Work Comp (10/18/2013)
You are required to notify your supervisor and complete an "employee accident investigation report" with 24 hours of an injury, even minor ones. See the Work Comp
page for more information.PreferredOne Care Advantage Program (9/19/13)
Your health needs are as individual as you are. Check out Care Advantage
- new programs and services from PreferredOne.Preventive Health Care Services (9/13/13)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires group health plans to provide full coverage for certain preventive care services that members receive from network providers. Preventive services include immunizations, screenings, contraceptive methods for women, and annual exams as determined by the Affordable Care Act. See the PreferredOne website www.preferredone.com
or view this list of preventive care services
. These preventive services are covered by the health plan and are not subject to your individual deductible.
Accident Insurance (09/05/2013)
If you are enrolled in the accident insurance with the wellness rider and wish to make a claim for either a covered accident or the wellness reimbursement, check out this page for instructions and claim forms.
Same-Sex Marriage (08/23/2013)
Effective August 1, 2013 same-sex marriage is legal in Minnesota.
Some of the changes with respect to employee benefits include:
- You may pay for same-sex spouse’s health coverage on a pre-tax basis through a cafeteria plan in the same way as an employee with an opposite-sex spouse.
- Same sex-spouses may qualify as a “spouse” for COBRA purposes and can have their own COBRA election rights.
- A same-sex spouse is considered a spouse or family member for purposes of taking leave under FMLA
- You may receive tax-free reimbursements for expenses of his or her same-spouse through a HSA, FSA or HRA.
- Special enrollment rights are triggered when you acquire a same-sex spouse. Marriage is a qualifying event and all insurance changes must be made within 30 days of the marriage.
If you wish to update your name, address, emergency contact, W4 or make changes to your insurance, check out the forms under Quick Links – Forms A-Z – Human Resources.
Critical Illness Insurance (08/23/2013)
Effective July 1, 2013, all part-time and full-time employee are automatically covered by Critical Illness Insurance through ING. This plan provides a one-time lump-sum benefit payable upon diagnosis of pre-defined critical illnesses – cancer, heart attack, coronary artery bypass, stroke, kidney failure, major organ failure, paralysis or coma. The one-time lump-sum of $2000 is in the form of a check sent directly to your home and can be used to help pay deductibles, prescriptions or you can use it for whatever you wish. This benefit is tax free which means that you will see a small tax on the benefit on your October 20 and March 20 check. If you want to “opt-out” of this benefit, have questions or wish to file a claim, please contact Julie Hanson 952 681-6444.