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July 7, 2020

To: All Active Employees

From: Duval County Public Schools, Employee Benefits Department

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to change, add, adjust or cancel insurance, and add or remove a spouse or dependent(s) from insurance. Enrollment information is available via the DCPS Benefits Website, providing you with quick and convenient access to benefit details, provider information & important updates regarding open enrollment.

DCPS is committed to providing security for you and your family by offering a comprehensive and affordable benefits program. The diligent efforts of the Superintendent of Schools, School Board Members, employee unions and associations continue to demonstrate the results of an excellent partnership. Your benefits are a valuable part of your employment with DCPS. Be sure you are making the most of them. Remember, it is your responsibility to read the benefit plan information before making your elections.

Key Information

  1. Open Enrollment Dates: Sept. 20, 2021 – Oct. 29, 2021
  2. Period of Coverage: Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2022
  3. Enrollment: You Have Options – 3 Ways to Enroll!

For your convenience, additional enrollment sessions are being made available.

  • Saturday, Oct. 2 & 9: By appointment ONLY! Call 855-569-3277 to schedule your appointment or visit fbmc-scheduler.com/Duval-OE to check availability. 
  • Mon, Oct. 4 – Thurs, Oct. 7: Week-night appointments are now available from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (last appt. at 7:30 p.m.). Schedule your appointment now at fbmc-scheduler.com/Duval-OE or call 855-569-3277.

New for 2022

  1. Lasik and hearing aid discounts are now available to all Delta Dental enrollees. You can save an average of 62% off of top-brand hearing aids, and 40-50% off the national average price for traditional Lasik.
  2. In addition, Davis Vision is offering a new PREMIERE plan, featuring a $500 allowance for Lasik surgery.
  3. NEW! The COVID-19 Incentive may put money in your pocket. Ask a Benefits Counselor for more details.

You Must See a Benefit Counselor to:

  • Newly enroll in or change your current voluntary benefits
  • Waive medical coverage
    • if you are waiving Medical coverage for the first time or currently opt-out of the Medical plan and wish to add or change other benefits, you must follow these steps:
      • Step 1: Meet with a Benefits Counselor or come by the Employee Benefits Department.
      • Step 2: Complete and sign a Declination of Healthcare Coverage Affidavit.
  • Add dependents
    • If you are adding a new dependent, you must see a Benefit Counselor and submit the appropriate documentation.

2022 Employee Benefits

Rates

  • Dental – HMO slight increase
  • Vision – slight increase with 2 plan options

Medical Flexible Spending Account (MFSA) or Dependent Flexible Spending Account (DFSA)

  • Maximum FSA Contribution limit increasing to $2,800
  • Employee ONLY contributions through payroll deductions to the MFSA/DFSA must be elected at your enrollment session. Employees must complete an enrollment (with a Counselor or by self-enrolling online) to contribute their own dollars to these accounts.
  • Employees WILL LOSE DFSA and/or FSA funds that are not used by Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Prior year contributions WILL NOT roll over to 2022.
  • NOTE: DCPS no longer contributes to an employee’s FSA.

Employee Contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA)

NOTE: In order to contribute to & utilize an HSA account, you must be enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan

  • Employee contributions through payroll deductions to the HSA must be elected at your enrollment session.
  • Employees WILL NOT lose any unused HSA funds.
  • Enrolling in the High Deductible Plan will not automatically open your Health Savings Account (HSA). Please contact Payflex Customer Service at 1-888-238-3539 for further details.

Flex Dollars

  • As an employee, you receive $250 per year in flex dollars to help pay for your pretax benefits. Flex dollars will be added to your payroll check to offset your benefits.

Deductions

  • The first deduction for your 2022 benefits will be on the Dec. 3, 2021 paycheck.

Dependents

  • Please pay close attention when enrolling and confirm that you have enrolled in the correct plans and your dependents, if applicable, are attached to those benefits.

Additional Benefits Information

  • Visit dcps.fbmcbenefits.com/#benefits for benefit information and updates. If you do not have a computer at home, there are kiosks available at worksites, in the Employee Benefits Department, and public libraries. You may also access the site with your smartphone or tablet.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the FBMC Service Center at 1-855-5MY-DCPS (1-855-569-3277).

Did you know?

Opting out of the District-Sponsored Medical plan can save you money! Meet with a Benefit Counselor for a chance to win exciting prizes!

Guaranteed Issue for the 2022 Plan Year

  • Allstate Benefits Group Critical Illness***
  • Allstate Benefits Group Hospital Indemnity***
  • Trustmark Universal Life & Universal LifeEvents*
  • Unum Whole Life**
  • Trustmark Accident Insurance

* Applies to newly eligible employees. See a Benefits Counselor for details.

** Applies to newly eligible employees, spouses and participants with existing coverage who wish to increase coverage up to the GI limit.

*** Critical Illness and Hospital Indemnity benefits are provided by limited benefit insurance. Limitations and exclusions apply. Allstate Benefits is the marketing name for American Heritage Life Insurance Company, Home Office, Jacksonville, FL, the underwriting company and a subsidiary of The Allstate Corporation.

Keeping Employees Safe

Call Center appointments will be available for those who wish to enroll over the phone. For those that choose to enroll in person with a Benefits Counselor, we have made every effort to make enrolling as safe as possible.

During Onsite enrollment, the following safety measures will be in place to protect employees and staff against the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Counselors will wear face masks during enrollment meetings
  2. Meeting spaces will be sanitized between each appointment
  3. Social distancing of 6 feet or more will be observed between Counselors and employees
  4. A thorough response procedure is prepared for any potential COVID 19 exposure

Open Enrollment Process

1: REVIEW

Gathering Documentation For Enrollment

Employees who are adding dependents will be required to show these documents to the Benefit Counselor during Open Enrollment or to the Benefits Office:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Addresses

For a full list of required documentation and additional information on verification guidelines, please visit the Dependent Verification page.

2: MEET WITH A BENEFIT COUNSELOR OR ENROLL ONLINE

– Meet with a Benefit Counselor

Schedule an appointment with a Benefit Counselor at fbmc-scheduler.com/Duval-OE

ENROLLMENT APPOINTMENTS

Evening and Saturday Appointments* are available for your convenience at the Administration Building (3001). Schedule Evening and Saturday Appointments at fbmc-scheduler.com/Duval-OE or call 855-569-3277*Limited appointments available.

Evening Dates and Hours

Mon – Thurs: Oct. 4 – Oct. 7, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Last appointments at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Dates and Hours

Sat: Oct. 2 & 9, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Last appointments at 3:30 p.m.

– Or Enroll Online

Accessing the online enrollment website:

  • Log in to www.myFBMC.com.
  • Follow the instructions to set up your own username and password.
  • Click the “Web Enrollment” link.

3: VERIFY

  • Verify the benefit selections you made are correct.
  • Print your confirmation statement containing all your benefit elections for you and your family.
  • All enrollment changes must be completed during the Open Enrollment Period (Sept. 20 – Oct. 29, 2021).
  • After Open Enrollment has ended, you will not be able to make changes unless you experience a permitted change in status event. However, you can submit an enrollment appeal to DCPS Employee Benefits Office for review. Additional information regarding permitted change in status events throughout the plan year can be found here.

Enrollment Appeals

Enrollment appeals will only be granted under very narrow circumstances as provided by IRS guidelines and consistent with the district and insurance carrier practices. All appeals must be submitted to the DCPS Employee Benefits Department between Oct. 25 and Oct. 29, 2021.

Examples of errors that will NOT be considered as an appeal:

  • Failure to complete an enrollment during the Open Enrollment period
  • Accidentally electing or dropping a plan
  • Deleting a dependent in error

See the Appeals section of the Employee Benefits Reference Guide website for more information.