Lily Galindo, Benefits/Risk Management Coordinator
281-229-6050 
Click here to email Lily

 

Dominique Ameigh, Benefits Specialist
281-229-6049
Click here to email Dominique

TRS

Welcome to the Dickinson ISD Benefits Homepage. Here you will find basic information about the benefits offered by DISD as well as resources to our services.

 


 

 

benefits

EAP INFORMATION:

 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees at no cost. Lifeworks can be reached in English at 1-888-456-1324 or Spanish at 1-888-732-9020, 24/7 or at www.lifeworks.com/us. Please don't hesitate to use EAP during this difficult time.  Due to the high demand, allow 24-72 hours to receive a response.  An EAP customer service representative will contact you as soon as possible.  


User ID: dickinson
Password: lifeworks

 


 

2021-2022 Mandatory Open Enrollment is here! Enrollment Dates: July 14th - August 13th


The FBS Call Center will be available Monday - Friday
from 8 am - 7 pm CST.  You can reach a FBS Benefits Specialist at 1-866-914-5202. Spanish speaking specialists will be available to assist
.
 You can also schedule a one-on-one virtual appointment for a 15 minute Q&A session or 45 minute enrollment walkthrough with a FBS Benefits Specialist now through August 13 by clicking the following link. https://bit.ly/3e8SOwi Don't wait, get enrolled today!

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) will remain the medical plan carrier for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information regarding medical coverages, verifying your current doctors and/or specialists please visit www.bcbstx.com/trsactivecare/coverage.  You may also call and speak to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Personal Health Guide at 1-866-355-5999 for assistance.  A Personal Health Guide can mail you a new medical card if you have misplaced or lost your current one. In addition, to receive a copy of your card immediately, a Personal Health Guide can email you directly at the email address of your choice.

Click below for Benefits Overview, Active Care Plan Highlights, or Active Care Changes for the current 2020 - 2021 plan year ending August 31, 2021.

Enrollment Flyer 2020
Plan Highlights 2020
Plan Changes 2020

Click below for Benefits Overview, Active Care Plan Highlights, or Active Care Changes for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 plan year beginning September 1, 2021.

Enrollment Flyer
Highlights
Changes

Start planning for retirement today!

 

For questions regarding a 403b and 457 Retirement Plan, please contact TCG Administrators directly at 1-800-943-9179 anytime during the year. You may also schedule a one-on-one virtual appointment with Brad Hoegler, Senior Retirement Plan Specialist assigned to our district at https://tcgservices.com/bhoegler/. It's never too soon or too late to start saving!  Prepare to plan, not plan to prepare for your future.
***Substitutes can also call TCG for 457 FICA Alternative Plan information. TCG is able to answer questions regarding the CARES Act provisions passed by Congress to positively impact retirement plan participants. 

Benefits for the 2021-2022 school year will be effective September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022. Please see below tabs for more information and/or click the link above to the Benefits HUB to view all coverages.

The 2020-2021 Open Enrollment period for all benefits (medical, vision, etc.) ended August 14, 2020.  At this time, benefit enrollment is only available to new hires and/or employees with a family status change/qualifying life event. All employees are eligible to make changes during the open enrollment period only for 2020-2021.

Medical benefits are provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.  If you did not receive your medical card or have lost your card, please call the number listed below to have one mailed to you within 7 - 10 business days or have a temporary card emailed to you.  A Blue Cross Blue Shield Personal Health Guide can be reached at 1-866-355-5999 and can also assist in verifying coverage for you or your provider.
Vision benefits are provided by VSP. Click here to login to VSP benefits or call 1-800-877-7195.  There is no card issued for this vision plan. You or your provider can call the number listed to verify coverage.
Dental benefits are provided by Cigna. If you did not receive a card or have lost your card, please call the number listed to have one mailed to you within 7 - 10 business days.  Click here to login to Cigna. or call 1-800-244-6224
New hires have 31 days to enroll in benefit services from date of hire.  If the employee does not elect benefits within the 31 days, he or she must wait until open enrollment or a family status change, such as a marriage, divorce or birth/adoption of a child. 
The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA) entitles all covered participants to continue their health coverage for up to 18 months after terminating employment with the district.  This option requires the employee, or the employee's dependents, to pay both the employee's and the district contribution for group premiums.  For questions regarding COBRA Continuation of Coverage (Medical Only), please call 1-833-682-8972.

The Family Medical Leave Act is an unpaid leave regulated by the U. S. Department of Labor.  Employees are eligible to take FML if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months and have worked for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months.  If you qualify for FML, you may take up to 12 work weeks (60 days) of leave.  Please see Employee Handbook for more information and qualifying reasons.  You may also contact Lily Galindo, Benefits/Risk Management Coordinator or Dominique Ameigh, Benefits Specialist for questions regarding family medical leave.

Temporary Disability Leave is an unpaid leave regulated by the Board of Education.  All active full-time employees needing leave because of their own serious health conditions are eligible for TDL.  Leave needed for a family member with a serious health condition is not eligible for TDL.  SBEC certified employees are eligible for up to 180 calendar days of TDL, and non-certified/auxiliary employees up to 60 calendar days.  Please see Employee Handbook for more information.  You may also contact Lily Galindo, Benefits/Risk Management Coordinator or Dominique Ameigh, Benefits Specialist for questions regarding temporary disability leave.

Employees injured on the job must report such injuries to their employer by notifying the campus nurse or his/her supervisor immediately or within 30 days of the date they were injured or first knew their injury/illness might be work-related and complete the required documentation. The supervisor or designee must complete the Accident Investigation Report with as much information as available to help determine what action/prevention measures should be taken. This information should then be forwarded to Human Resources the same day of the accident or as soon as the incident is reported. Regardless if the employee seeks medical treatment or not a report must be completed and sent to HR.  If medical treatment is needed, the employee or supervisor must notify HR and may go to one of the approved clinics.  The employee may also go to the doctor of their choice, as long as the doctor accepts workers' compensation claims and is willing to file any necessary forms.  The District's workers' compensation insurance is with Claims Administrative Services and they can be reached at 1-800-765-2412 or www.cas-services.com.  You may also contact Lily Galindo, Benefits/Risk Management Coordinator or Dominique Ameigh, Benefits Specialist for questions regarding workers compensation.

An Employee Assistance Plan is an employee benefit program offered to help employees manage personal and professional problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being.  Employee Assistance Plans generally include short-term counseling and referral services for employees and their household members.  Lifeworks can be reached in English at 1-888-456-1324 or Spanish at 1-888-732-9020, 24/7 or at  www.lifeworks.com/us, enter User ID: dickinson and Password: lifeworks. Lifeworks is made available to you by the District.  There is no charge to you for using Lifeworks or for any of the information or help they provide.

The purpose of the sick leave bank is to provide sick leave days to members of the bank in the event of an unexpected critical illness or surgery or a short-term inability to work due to a serious injury of a bank member or member's spouse, child, or parent, causing the member to be unable to perform the duties of his or her position.  Days may be requested from the bank only after the member has exhausted all accumulated sick leave, local sick leave days, and accrued vacation days.  In order to enroll in the sick leave bank, an employee must be employed for at least a year and may elect to join the sick leave bank during the following open enrollment by contributing at least two local sick days.  The employee will complete the enrollment process through the BenefitsHUB.  Current employees may log into the BenefitsHUB anytime during the year to see if they are a member of the sick leave bank. For questions regarding the sick leave bank and to request a donation of days, please contact Lily Galindo, Benefits/Risk Management Coordinator at 281-229-6050 or egalindo@dickinsonisd.org.

The IRS has recently announced the 2020 Maximum Allowable Contribution (MAC) limits for 403b and 457 plans. Elective contribution limits have increased from their 2019 levels.  The elective deferral limit for 403b/457 plans will now stand at $19,500.  Employees age 50 and over will be entitled to contribute an additional $6,500 to their 403b/457 plans thereby increasing the elective deferral limit to $26,000. Contact a TCG Retirement Specialist today at 1-800-943-9179 for more information regarding these additional retirement benefit plans.

For information regarding (TRS) Teacher Retirement System of Texas please call 1-800-223-8778.  A TRS representative is available to assist regarding your retirement eligibility, account balance and beneficiary changes. Please update your TRS beneficiary information separately from the District's information as they are separate entities.  You can also visit their website to create and/or access your MyTRS account at www.trs.texas.gov.  If you are considering retirement, contact TRS directly to discuss the retirement process. If needed you can schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with a TRS Benefits Counselor to review your retirement estimate and guide you through the paperwork. Please click the following link to view a general example timeline of the TRS retirement process. TRS Planning For Retirement Guide

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