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Welcome to the Peralta Colleges Benefits Information Center provided by PSW Benefit Resources, our Insurance Broker. Here you will find the latest employee benefits related material to include:

  • Insurance Carrier Benefit Summaries
  • Enrollment Change Forms
  • Federal COBRA Information
  • HIPAA Information
  • Benefit Assistance

Part Time & Hourly Faculty Open Enrollment Information - Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Part Time and Hourly Faculty Members Benefits Enrollment!!!
As a temporary or part-time faculty member you may be eligible for participation in the District’s medical, dental, flexible benefit plans enrollment based on your past part-time teaching load. Please download and print the following documents in PDF format which are required for enrollment/re-enrollment in the benefit plans.

  • Current coverage is due to end Sunday, August 31, 2014.
  • For continuous, uninterrupted coverage, enrollment is REQUIRED for all Part Time and Hourly Faculty employees by Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
  • New Enrollees - Enroll by Tuesday, September 23, 2014 or within 30 days of loss of coverage under another plan.

Enrollment Downloads:

pdf_small.gifFall 2014 Part-Time & Hourly Faculty Open Enrollment Announcement
pdf_small.gifFall 2014 Part-Time & Hourly Faculty Open Enrollment Forms Packet
  • Benefits Enrollment Checklist
  • Part-Time & Hourly Faculty Enrollment Form
  • Eligibility Affidavit
  • Required Documentation Matrix
  • FAQ - Benefits & What to Expect After Enrollment

(ALL PAGES contained in this document MUST be completed and submitted to the District Benefits Office no later than Tuesday, September 23, 2014)

pdf_small.gif2014 Flexible Spending Accounts Enrollment Form
pdf_small.gif2014 Commuter/Parking Expense Plan Enrollment Packet

pdf_small.gif2014 Peralta/PFT Successor Agreement

 

Latest Newsletters

Voluntary Life insurance Guarantee Issue through CIGNA

Great news!  We are pleased to announce a one-time special enrollment period for our voluntary term life insurance plan offered by CIGNA. CIGNA has been our voluntary life insurance partner since 1988.

Under this one-time special arrangement, active, benefit-eligible employees can apply for life insurance up to the guarantee issue amounts (as noted below) without completing a statement of health. Any amounts applied for over the guarantee issue amounts for you (and/or your eligible dependents) will require a statement of health.

After June 30, 2014, any amounts elected will be subject to full underwriting (with the exception of new employees who enroll when first eligible).

Maximum Guarantee Issue Amounts offered through June 30, 2014 Maximum Guarantee Issue Amounts in effect after
July 1, 2014 (late enrollees)
Employee            $100,000 $0
Spouse                 $25,000 $0
Child                      $10,000 $0

If you are currently enrolled with CIGNA through your Peralta employment and want to increase your term life insurance, or if you did not enroll when first eligible, the time to enroll is now!  The one-time special enrollment period expires on June 30, 2014, so please submit your form to the District Benefits Office to take advantage of this opportunity.

Questions? Contact:

  1. CIGNA:   800 732 1603
  2. Customer service team at PSW Benefits Resources:   877 866 2623
  3. PCCD District Benefits Office:     510 466 7229

To apply:

First, complete the “Calculation of premium worksheet” (See page 2 of the Voluntary Life Benefit Summary)

Second , submit the forms below to the PCCD District Benefits Office at 333 East 8th Street; Oakland, CA 94606:

 

May 2014 -  Benefits Open Enrollment!!!

32896419.gifThe Peralta Community College District will hold its annual open enrollment for all benefit-eligible employees and dependents from:

May 1 – May 31, 2014

Note: Deadline for enrollment is May 31, 2014

What is open enrollment?

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for benefit eligible employees and retirees to

  • change or enroll in medical and/or dental plans
  • add a dependent to the group insurance plans

What if you are currently enrolled and take no action?

If you are currently benefit-eligible and do nothing, then your medical, dental and vision plan enrollment will continue at your current level and at the rates in effect on July 1, 2014 based on your District affiliation.

How do you effect a change?

To effect a change, complete the Universal Benefit enrollment form and submit it to the District benefits office no later than May 31, 2014.

Where to send your Universal Benefit Enrollment form:

Escan:   benefits@peralta.edu
Mail to:   PCCD Benefits Office 333 East 8th Street; Oakland, CA 94606  (Postmark by May 31, 2014)
Fax:        510 466-7865    (Keep your fax receipt and send the hardcopy to the District Benefits Office.)

What if you need to make a change after the annual open enrollment deadline has passed?

If you miss the open enrollment window, then you may effect an enrollment change within 30 days of when you experience a life event (get married, birth or adopt child). You will need to submit your request on a Universal Benefit Enrollment form. Refer to the Frequently Asked Question #9 in the Peralta Benefits Everyone Open Enrollment edition dated April 28, 2014 and mailed during the week of May 1, 2014 to employee and retiree home addresses.

Open Enrollment for part time hourly faculty will occur in mid-August for Fall 2014 coverage.

Open Enrollment Materials are available for Download here:

Please download and print the following documents in PDF format  which provide details and required forms for enrollment/re-enrollment in the benefit plans:

pdf_small.gifMay 2014 Open Enrollment Newsletter

pdf_small.gif2014-2015 Employee and Employer Contribution Table

pdf_small.gifUniversal Benefit Enrollment Form (Rev 8-28-2014)

  • Use this form to effect and open enrollment change
  • Changes become effective 7-1-2014  

 

Announcements

LegalShield offers a voluntary insurance program for family legal services. Watch this video presentation and visit the Family Legal Plans page for more information!

Get familiar with the Kaiser HMO enrollment process and how to get started with Kaiser Permanente via this informative video presentation. Click to View

Peralta Community of Retirees, Staff & Faculty! Join us for the Peralta Benefits Fair Monday, May 12, 2014 for workshops, free information and more! See the Peralta Benefits page for more details.

Enrollment into the Flexible Benefits plan for calendar year 2014 begins November 1 and ends November 30, 2013, for all current active employees of the District. Open enrollment into IRS Plan 125 for eligible medical and dependent care expenses begins November 1 and ends November 30, 2013. Active employees can enroll online; no more paper forms! Online enrollment instructions are noted on pages 16 - 24 of the Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Handbook 2014.

For guidance or to learn more about the plan, you may either:

Good News! CoreSource has a just launched a brand new web portal! The consolidated, personalized member portal from CoreSource is simple to use with a new look and feel that we believe makes navigation and retrieval of information easier and faster. Please view the presentation and read the brochures below for further information:

MyCoreSource.com Website Brochure

MyCoreSource Members Guide

Annual Survey happening now! Help us plan for upcoming events and communication strategies! Click here to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJTWWCN. What types of fun activities and informative workshops would you like to attend, what do you think of wellness incentives, what types of articles would you like to see in the Benefits Newsletter? The Benefits Office is anxious to hear from you! Only 9 questions.

Peralta Community College District and Sutter Health are pleased to provide you with the enclosed information to help you stay on top of your health.

The District is offering and early retirement incentive for current, active and eligible employees. Read the newsletter for details.

Take our employee/retiree activity survey – how do you want to have fun with the Peralta Community? Interested in a group cruise? Do you want to help plan the District-wide picnic for peralta employees, retirees at Marine World/Six Flags in Vallejo? Answer a few questions, give us your feedback?

Take the Survey Here

Tomorrow, you walk into Wal-Mart...and you see signs everywhere which say:

*** NEW PRODUCT NOW BE OFFERED AT WAL-MART ***
*** DISCOUNTED LEGAL SERVICES ***

The benefits of the plan Wal-Mart now offers includes the following...

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Health & Wellness Tips

Though the common cold and seasonal influenza share several symptoms, there are points of differentiation that will help you identify which you may have and seek proper treatment. It is important to tell the difference, as the flu can result in more serious health complications, while the cold likely will not.

Maintaining good posture is a simple yet effective way to keep the structures in the back and spine in good working order. In fact, good posture and back support are essential in reducing back and neck pain. Even sitting at a desk all day can wreak havoc on the back and neck, and result in painful strains.

Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-aged children. Vision problems can begin at an early age; therefore it is important that children receive proper eye care. Untreated problems can worsen and lead to permanent vision loss and delayed development. Because it is possible for your child to have a serious vision problem without being aware of it, infants should be screened for common eye problems during their regular pediatric appointments.

H1N1 flu is an infection caused by the influenza A virus. It is a respiratory disease of pigs; however, human cases of H1N1 have been identified in the U.S. as well as internationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that H1N1 is contagious and is spreading from human to human.

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma. You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here are some tips on how to safely enjoy your time in the sun.

Caffeine myth or caffeine fact? It's not always easy to know. Chances are you have some real misperceptions about caffeine. For starters, do you know the most common sources of caffeine? Well, maybe two of the sources aren't too hard to name -- coffee and tea leaves. But did you know kola nuts and cocoa beans are also included among the most common caffeine sources? And do you know how much caffeine content can vary from food to food? Turns out it's quite a lot actually, depending on the type and serving size of a food or beverage and how it's prepared.

The holidays are here and it’s usually a time of celebration but for some, it may be a time of self-evaluation, reflection on the past and even anxiety about the upcoming year. Sometimes, we feel the stress that accompanies the holidays and our eating habits may have an effect on our job performance.

Truth or myth: You need 8 hours every night? Stay up and read this tonight (you’ll thank us in the morning!)

Is bottled water better than tap? Prepare to be shocked. Bottled water - already a more than $10 billion industry - is the fastest-growing beverage category in the U.S. But is it good for you? Here's the pure truth.

Start Here. Start Now. These words are more than a call to action; they’re the keys to leading a long, healthy life. Prevention represents the greatest control we will ever have over this disease. We can all play a part in eradicating it by adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes diet, exercise and screenings.
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Benefits News

Effective for plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act prohibits group health plans and issuers from imposing pre-existing condition exclusions (PCEs)on any enrollees. Prior to 2014 plan years, the ACA prohibits PCEs for enrollees who are under 19 years of age. The ACA’s restrictions on PCEs apply to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered plans.

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) exclusion of same-sex unions from the federal definition of marriage “is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires employers to report the aggregate cost of employersponsored group health plan coverage on their employees’ Forms W-2. The purpose of the reporting requirement is to provide information to employees regarding how much their health coverage costs.

Effective immediately, employers are required to provide a reasonable space and time for nursing mothers for one year after their child’s birth. This space must be an enclosed location, other than a restroom, and protected from intrusion of the public and coworkers.

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