Benefits: Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is open enrollment for health insurance?

Open Enrollment occurs during the month of November with benefit changes going into effect on January 1.

What if my spouse loses his/her insurance?  Do I have to wait for open enrollment?

No. If your spouse loses his/her coverage you can switch to our plan within 30 days ofcancellation with proper documentation.

How do I add a new baby to my insurance policy?

You have 30 days after the birth to add the baby to your benefits. 
BY PHONE:Benefit Center Call Center: 888-251-6148
ONLINE: https://www.nextgenerationenrollment.com/nge/login.asp

  • Username: the first letter of your first name, first six letters of your last name and the last four digits of your SSN. ex) jwillia1234. Password: the same that you had during open enrollment DOB in the following format: YYYYMMDD. If you forgot your password you'll have to call 888-251-6148 to reset it for you.
  • Select "Make Changes to My Benefits"
  • Select the life event that requires a change in your benefits along with the date of the event.
  • Review & update your account information as necessary: Your Info, Your Dependents, Your BenefitsReview & Confirm your changes.
  • Changes will be "PEND" until supporting documents (marriage license, birth certificate, etc) are received by the Benefit Cener. Please bring your supporting document to Liberty School, Human Resources Department and we'll forward your information to the Benefit Center.

Contact Jen Barnard with questions. Email: barnardj@salineschools.org  Phone: 734-401-4009.

Who is my Dental Insurance Provider?

 Delta Dental may be reached on their website or by calling 800-482-8915.

Who is my Vision Insurance Provider?

MESSA Vision Service Plan (VSP) for vision services.  They can be reached at www.vsp.com or by phone 800-877-7195. 

When can I sign up or re-enroll in the flexible spending account program (FSA)?

During open enrollment period.

How do I buy years of service through the Office of Retirement?

Go to the ORS web site at www.michigan.gov/ors to learn all about this program.  You can view a 'webinar' on this site.  You can also call the ORS at #1-800-381-5111.

I'm thinking about retirement, what do I do now?

All questions on retirement should be directed to the Office of Retirement Services.  Their Office of Retirement Services (ORS) website is very informative, but if you cannot find what you are looking for on the website.  Their contact information is:

The ORS Customer Contact Center is open for phone calls Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Lansing area telephone number: (517) 322-5103 
From outside the Lansing area: (800) 381-5111

I would like to take a personal business day before/after a holiday.  Can I do that?


SEA Members (taken from the SEA contract)

  1. Personal Days & Holidays: Personal Business days may be used before or after a holiday if they are approved in advance (in writing, to the Executive Director of Human Resources) and if the reasons fall into special categories listed below:
    • You are observing a religious holiday.
    • You or members of your family are to be in a wedding.  You are to participate in rehearsal activities (for the wedding) and the wedding is scheduled over a holiday, i.e., Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc)  The District does not wish to penalize the employee because a wedding was planned over a holiday, and the employee had no control over the date.
    • A death in the family occurs, and as a result of the relatives' traveling distances, the memorial service id scheduled near a holiday.
    • A parent or close family member is scheduled to undergo surgery or a medical procedure; or a parent or close family member is being released from a medical facility on the day before or after a holiday.
    • Your spouse is being given a special award in a ceremony that is planned before and/or after the holiday weekend and you  must travel out of town.
    • Others, at the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee.
  2. Building Closed:  If the building is closed due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, power outages, etc. , and the employees are told not to report for work, an employee who had previously scheduled a personal business day will not be charged for that day.
  3. Conversion of Personal Business Day: If a teacher has used all their sick days, they may convert a personal business day into a sick day.
  4. Trade Sick for Personal Business Days:  If a teacher utilizes his/her two personal business days prior to the end of the school year and an emergency arises, the teacher may trade two of his/her accrued sick leave days for one additional personal business day.  This provision allows for a maximum of two additional personal business days.  The teacher must make written application to the appropriate principal in advance of taking such days.
    • An emergency includes deaths or illness not included in Article XVI, Sick Days, legal business or family business, that cannot be conducted at other reasonable times.
  5. Unused Personal Business Days:  Teachers with unused personal business day(s) remaining at the end of the school year shall have the option of either of the following:
    • To have any unused day(s) added to sick leave accumulation under Article XVI(B); or
    • Upon notice to the business office not later than the last scheduled teacher workday, receive $100.00 per day for any unused day(s).

ESP Members (taken from the ESP contract)

  • Restrictions on Personal Business Days:  No personal business days may be taken except in case of emergency, immediately before or after a holiday.  An employee is not entitled to use personal business days as part of a vacation or couple personal business days with unpaid leave to extend a vacation. 
  • A Personal Business Day may be used before or after a holiday if they are approved in advance (in writing, to the Executive Director for Human Resources) and if the reason falls into one of the special categories listed below:
    • You are observing a religious holiday
    • You or members of your family are to be in a wedding.  You are to participate in rehearsal activities (for the wedding) and the wedding is scheduled over a holiday, and the employee had no control over the date.
    • A death in the family occurs and, as a result of the relatives' traveling distances, the memorial service is scheduled near a holiday.
    • A parent or close family member is scheduled to undergo surgery or a medical procedure; or a parent or close family member is being released from a medical facility on the day before or after a holiday
    • Your immediate family member is being given a special award in a ceremony or they are to participate in a special event that is planned before and/or after the holiday weekend (which the employee had no control over) and you must travel out of town.

Others, at the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee.