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Benefits

Contact

Kimberly Shirek 
Benefits Specialist
651-425-6263
kshirek@sowashco.org

Kimberly Shriek, Benefits Specialist

 

Brittani Beatty 
Benefits Specialist
651-425-6251
bbeatty@sowashco.org

Brittany Beatty Photo


HealthPartners Medical Insurance

HealthPartners medical insurance provides employees with great service, network options and price.

Two Network Options with HealthPartners

In addition to the HealthPartners Open Access plan, we are pleased to offer our employees the opportunity to select the HealthPartners Achieve Network as a way to lower your insurance premiums.

Open Access Plans

With HealthPartners Open Access Plan, just chose from the doctors in your network and get care whenever and wherever it works best for you.

Achieve Network Plans

Lower your health insurance costs and improve your health with HealthPartners Achieve High-Performance Network.

Achieve Network Overview
Why go with the Achieve Network?
Achieve Network FAQs


DENTAL INSURance

Two Network Options for Delta Dental

SoWashCo Employees can choose from:

  • DeltaCare - a managed care plan, meaning there is a narrow network of dentists to choose from. This plan will be phased out on Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Delta Preferred (PPO+Premier) - This consists of three different networks of providers: PPO, Premier and Non-Participating (Out of Network).

Employees enrolled in Delta dental insurance for 2022 will receive new dental insurance ID cards.

Delta Dental

Delta Dental PPO/Premier Plans


eyemed vision insurance

SoWashCo is part of EyeMed's Insight Network. Employees have two plans to choose from (see plan options below).

*Remember that you receive an annual eye exam covered by HealthPartners if you are enrolled in SoWashCo's HealthPartners health plan.

Member Tools
How to Use EyeMed Online
How to Use EyeMed Mobile
Special Offers for Members
Online Member Options
Hearing Discounts for Members
Eye Wellness/Health
Know Before You Go Tools
EyeMed End of Year Benefits

EyeMed Vision Plan


flexible spending accounts

Benefit Resource (BRI)

BRI will send an email to all eligible employees working 30+ hours a week.  Look for an email in your district email account in early November with information on how to enroll for a 2022 FSA.
 
Outside of the annual open enrollment period, you will have to wait until you have a qualifying life event in order to change your enrollment status for FSA.


 

About Flexible Spending Accounts


veba

VEBA is for most employees enrolled in the Open Access and Achieve Network High Deductible Plan. Check your employee group to see if you qualify for a VEBA.

The VEBA contribution will be funded three times per year. Your annual VEBA contribution will be disbursed to your VEBA account as such:

  • 50% on Jan. 15
  • 25% on July 15
  • 25% on Oct. 15

A VEBA is a tax-free Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) that provides a source of funds to pay for the cost of health, dental and vision care expenses for you and your dependents covered by the District's health plan. Please see the specific costs sheet for your union/employee group for details on your VEBA contribution from the district.

Website: www.benefitresource.com | Email: participantservices@benefitresource.com | Phone: (800) 473-9595 | Hours: Monday - Friday, 7am - 7pm


Employee Assistance program

Get Help With the Tough Stuff in Life

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers immediate and confidential support to help resolve work, health, and life challenges to improve your life. Let us help you find solutions so you can reach your goals at any age or stage of life. We help millions of people worldwide live healthy, happy, and productive lives. 

For immediate and confidential assistance:

Call: 888-293-6948
Text MSEAP to 53342
Send an Email 
Chat online with a professional
Download the App


Life Insurance and Long-term Disability

Upon your hire to a benefit-eligible position, you will have the opportunity to enroll in Life and Long Term Disability coverage. If you choose not to enroll at that time or wish to make changes to your level of coverage please know that you may only enroll through an Evidence of Insurability process, which may require medical underwriting.

If you are interested in completing this process, please contact your benefits specialist for the necessary paperwork.

Life and LTD Insurance, underwritten by The Standard

Life Insurance Beneficiary Change Form

Group Name: South Washington County Schools Group No: 147018 

Beneficiary Designation Change

(View Form)

Open Enrollment is a good time to update beneficiary information if you haven't done so in a while.


Life Events

You may make changes to your health and/or dental insurance, outside of an open enrollment period, if you experience a life event AND you complete a change or enrollment form within 30 days of the life event. Examples of IRS qualifying life events include:


retirement accounts

Optional Tax Sheltered Accounts

A tax-sheltered account is a tax-deferred retirement investment plan such as the 403b and 457 plans offered through the District. The terms “403b” and “457” refer to sections of the IRS Code that define the rules by which “pre-tax” and "post-tax" investments may be made through payroll deduction. These voluntary saving plans supplement the mandatory defined-benefit pension plan (such as TRA or PERA) to which you already belong. 

mandatory pension plans

Teachers Retirement Association (TRA)

TRA New Hire

TRA Mid-career

TRA Planning for Retirement

Contact TRA

Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA)

PERA New Hire

PERA Mid-career

PERA Preparing for Retirement

Contact PERA


Insurance terms to know

Below are some common words and phrases you'll find while reviewing insurance plans and what they mean. If you have additional questions, please contact your benefits specialist.