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PERALTA BENEFITS EVERYONE NEWSLETTER

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Peralta Benefits Everyone Summer 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 – September 2017 Fall Workshop Schedule

New Employee Benefit Orientation and Retirement Schedule

2017-2018 PCCD Employee Benefits Guide

 

July 2017 - September 2017 New Employee Orientation and Retirement Shedule

 

Fall Workshop Schedule & Activity Survey

 

The District held its annual employee interest survey in order to prepare and plan workshops and respond to interests of our community of employees and retirees. Our July – September 2017 Workshop schedule for Benefits Office events includes our annual Financial Planning Workshop Series from August 8 – 10, 2017 (See schedule on reverse)

  • Know what you own -Do you have an estate plan?
  • Protect what you own-Do you have a will?
  • Grow what you own -How can you use District resources to increase your post-employment retirement income? What are the differences and features of the tax-deferred plan offerings? What are the advantages of a ROTH?

These workshops are designed to empower our employees, retirees and eligible dependents, with contemporary and relevant information. Topics are selected based on your responses to our annual survey. Come to any and all bring a friend. Other responses:

  • 40% want more campus-based, District-sponsored health and wellness activities,
  • 42% have used BenefitBridge to change benefit enrollment or view personal benefit information.
  • 55% of respondents have used the Peralta Benefits website for links, and to view upcoming activities and workshops.
  • The Benefits Office will continue to use the survey feedback to meet the needs and interests of our community.

 

Personal Retirement Appointments

Thursdays, in the District Benefits Office

Call 466-7229 or email benefits@Peralta.edu to schedule:

July 13, August 10, September 14

Please have these documents available before scheduling and bring the following to your appointment:

  • Most recent paystub
  • Copy of the submitted resignation letter
  • Collective Bargaining Agreement, if applicable

 

Part Time and Hourly Faculty (PTHF) Benefits Open Enrollment

 

Open enrollment for PTHF begins August 21 and ends September 20, 2017.

Current enrollment from the Spring 2017 semester ends August 31, 2017.

Home mailing in early August to PTHF.

Re-enrollment for Fall benefits coverage is not automatic. Enroll by September 20, 2017.

 

Understanding and Planning for Retirement – Dinner Seminar

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Open to all Peralta employees

RSVP by Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 

 

Back by popular demand!  Come learn about the 1-2-3’s of tax-deferred investing. Explore opportunities available to you through the tax-deferred 403(b) and 457(b) Plan.  Learn about why these options may fit into your financial plans and about the differences in the features of each plans.

·        How do I start my contributions?

·        Where do I invest?

·        What is the range of investments products available?

·        What is an investment risk?

·        How do these plans complement my CALPERS or CALSTRS retirement?

·        Need help in developing a personal financial plan?

·        Would you like to assess your current investment strategy?

·        What is a 403(b) or 457(b) Roth anyway?

·        Do you know what a “Retirement Gap” is?

Our partner, Teacher’s Pension & Insurance Services invites you and your guest to attend the free educational dinner seminar:

“Understanding and Planning for Retirement.” Enjoy an evening of learning and delicious food. We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, July 12

Time: 5:00 PM

Place: Buttercup Grill & Bar

Address: 229 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

RSVP: Call 1-800-474-1440 or Click Here to Register-Seating is Limited       

Come and bring a friend, and your questions!

Peralta Dinner

Affordable Care Act Offer of Coverage Announcement, Frequently Asked Questions and Election Forms are Available Now.

Employees who are now eligible for benefits based on the average hours worked from May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017 have the opportunity to enroll in the Kaiser medical plan.  Under the Affordable Care Act you must average 130 hours/month. The election period for part-time hourly faculty and short-term employees is July 1 – July 1, 2017. Coverage lasts until June 30, 2018. Eligible employees were sent information to their home address.

 

 

Take the annual Service Satisfaction Survey for the District Benefits Office

respond by May 31

Take the annual 2017-2018 Employee and Retiree Activity Survey  

respond by April 14

Your responses help us to plan engaging activities to meet your interests in the coming months.   

 

 

April 2017 Announcements &  Newsletter

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February/March 2017 Newsletter & Announcements: Peralta Benefits Everyone

In this issue,

  • Universal Availability, the Tax-Deferred Plan
  • IRS Form 1095-C to be Distributed by  March 2, 2017 Deadline
  • CoreSource Issues New Cards, Offers New Services (MyCOreWire & Teledoc)
  • Dependent Eligibility Audit Results 2016
  • Chancellors Award for Excellence
  • Benefits of Belonging: Advance your Higher Education through JFK University; Tuition Discounts Offered and Available

December 2016 & January 2017 Announcements

Part Time and Hourly Faculty Benefits

Open Enrollment Announcement

Spring 2017

Open enrollment begins on February 2, 2017 and ends on March 3, 2017 for spring/summer 2017 coverage

Coverage begins March 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2017

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Medicare-Campaign-2017

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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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”

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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-March-2017 New Employee Orientation Schedule

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

 

 

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District-Paid Life Insurance

District-Paid Disability Insurance

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

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Pre-tax Commuter Expense under IRS Code 132

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