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December 2016 Announcements

Flexible Benefits Plan (125) Open Enrollment extended through Friday, December 16, 2016. Consider your options, it’s not too late to enroll.

The IRS 125 Flexible Benefits Plan allows you to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to reimburse yourself for expenses not covered by insurance or to set money aside for dependent daycare expenses.

New Flexible Benefits Plan features for 2017:

  • Increased Limit:  The IRS has increased the annual Health Care Flexible Spending Account Maximum contribution from $2,550 to $2,600.
  • Debit Card:  The debit card feature will allow you to pay for qualified expenses with your pretax dollars without having to submit receipts to reclaim your pre-tax dollars.

 

Enrolling is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Determine how much, if any, you would like to set aside on a pre-tax basis to reimburse yourself for expenses not covered by insurance.

 

Save-the-Date– Retirement Readiness & Medicare Enrollment Campaign 2017—

For the first time in years, representatives from CALPERS and CALSTRS will host briefings joining other agency representatives for a day-long informational opportunity! Come join us!  variety of workshops will be held on February 1, 2017: 9th Annual Medicare Enrollment & Readiness Campaign Wednesday, February 1, 2017

 

PCCD Medical Expense Reimbursement Form for Eligible Kaiser Expenses due by December 31, 2016 for processing by the District in January 2017. The semi-annual deadline is quickly approaching.

The District reimburses certain prescription and office visit expenses for employees and retirees enrolled in a Peralta Kaiser based on:

  • affiliation (represented vs non represented employees)
  • prevailing collective bargaining agreements for (Local 39, SEIU 1021 and Peralta Federation of Teachers)
  • employment status at the time expense is incurred (active or retired)

                 To claim a reimbursement: 

  1. COMPLETE the enclosed PCCD MEDICAL EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT FORM FOR ELIGIBLE KAISER EXPENSES.
  2. ATTACH RECEIPTS and/or statements-HIGHLIGHT NAME OF SUBSCRIBER ON THE RECEIPT OF STATEMENT; then
  3. SUBMIT the FORM to the District Benefits Office (address noted on Claim form)

According to our semi-annual reimbursement schedule, requests received after December 31, 2016 will be processed in July 2017. You may download your personal copy of the claims form and reimbursement criteria from our Peralta.edu website. PCCD-Kaiser-Medical-Expense-Reimbursement-Form-revised-7-19-16.pdf

 

It’s a win-win! Tickets are still available for upcoming Warriors Games-

Warriors vs Cavaliers: January 16, 2017; feel the excitement of a possible rematch

Warriors vs Lakers: April 12, 2017 last game of the season.

 

 

  1. At the “Donation” button, click “Other”
  2. At the “Designation” button, click “Other”
  3. In the “comments”, enter: “I am purchasing “x” Warrior Game Tickets”

 

December 2016 – Save the Dates

12/6    New Employee Orientation:

@ 2pm in the Benefits Office-last session of the year

12/8      Personal Retirement Appointments (New date added)

Other workshop dates and appointment instructions can be found: January 2017 -March 2017  Employee Benefit Orientation and Retirement Schedule

 

November 2016 Announcements

 

Flexible Benefit Plan (IRS 125 Plan)  Open enrollment for 2017 plan participation is November 1-30, 2016. Enrolling is electronic and is easy.

The IRS 125 Flexible Benefits Plan allows you to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to reimburse yourself for expenses not covered by insurance or to set money aside for dependent daycare expenses.

New Flexible Benefits Plan features for 2017:

  • Increased Limit:  The IRS has increased the annual Health Care Flexible Spending Account Maximum contribution from $2,550 to $2,600.
  • Debit Card:  The debit card feature will allow you to pay for qualified expenses with your pretax dollars without having to submit receipts to reclaim your pre-tax dollars.

Enrolling is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1.  Click here to review the plan literature: http://web.peralta.edu/benefits/files/2016/10/Peralta-Handbook-FSA-2017-Online.pdf
  2. Determine how much, if any, you would like to set aside on a pre-tax basis to reimburse yourself for expenses not covered by insurance.
  3. Click here for instructions on how to complete the on-line enrollment process before the November 30, 2016 deadline. Instructions are included on page 10 of the Section 125 Flexible Benefits Handbook for 2017: http://web.peralta.edu/benefits/files/2016/10/Peralta-Handbook-FSA-2017-Online.pdf

Retirement Workshops and New Employee Orientations

      • Our upcoming New Employee Orientation sessions are on Tuesdays, November 22 and December 6 (at 2:00 pm both days) in the Benefits Office. Encourage your new employees to attend! No reservation needed. These sessions last about an hour.
      • Our next day for personal retirement appointments is Thursday December 1, 2016. An appointment is needed for these sessions. Employees who are retiring can email benefits@peralta.edu to schedule a personal appointment on this date. If you’re a manager and know of any pending retirements or separations, please send the e-paf to effect the personnel change.

Let’s Go Warriors!

We are proud to announce two more Peralta Nights at the Warriors for the following dates:

  • January 16, 2017 v Cleveland Caveliers
  • April 22, 2017 v Los Angeles Lakers, final regular game of the year

 

Click here for more information about Peralta Nights at the Warriors:  http://web.peralta.edu/benefits/files/2016/11/Peralta-Community-College-Game-Nights-Warriors-tickets-1.16.2017-4.12.2017.pdf.  A portion of each ticket sale goes the Peralta Colleges Foundation.

  1. Explore Other “Benefits of Belonging.”
  2. Opportunities can be found on our Voluntary Benefits website.

Dependent Eligibility Audit (DEA) Update:

Over 900 audits were initiated and over 800 responses were received. The District Benefits Office will continue its outreach efforts to the non-respondents. Remember, the purpose of the audit is not to drop dependents. The purpose of the audit is to ensure that eligible dependents continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Please be assured that eligible dependents will not be dropped if documents were not received after the November 11, 2016 deadline. Visit the DEA website for more information. 

October  2016 Announcements

2016 – 2017 Employee Benefits Reference Guide

Dependent Eligibility Audit (DEA) 2016 Underway – Deadline extended to November 11, 2016.  Contact the Peralta DEA experts at CoreSource at 866-434-1211 or email DependentAuditsBalt@coresource.com to request a duplicate enrollment verification packet or to follow up on the status of your submitted documents.

 

 July – December 2016 Orientation Schedule

The next new employee orientations are held at 2pm in the Benefits Office:

  • October 12
  • November 22
  • December 6

Other times are available by appointment; email benefits@peralta.edu or call 466 -7229 to schedule

Upcoming Retirement Workshop

  •  Retirement Readiness – November 10, 2016 @ 4pm-6pm, facilitated by the Peralta District Benefits Office.

Download your personal copy of the 2016 2017 Employee Benefits Guide-Peralta Benefits Everyone, Wellness Begins With You. Peralta Community College District benefits are designed to meet the changing needs of your life.We are pleased to announce that there will be no plan design changes to our benefit plans. Even though our plans remain the same, you may have different needs than last year. Stay informed and engaged review the guide and the resources contained therein. View the 2016-2017 Peralta CCD Benefits Guide for plan information and resources; rates are noted on pages 22 and 23.

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Other documents

Peralta Active & Retiree  – Summary Plan Descriptions and Summary Benefit Comparisons (SBC)

Dental

District-Paid Life Insurance

District-Paid Disability Insurance

Flexible Spending Medical and Dependent Day Care Expenses under IRS Code 125

Pre-tax Commuter Expense under IRS Code 132

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

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