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May 04, 2016
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FY2017 Open Enrollment

Welcome to the City of Somerville FY2017 Open Enrollment!

Open Enrollment starts today, April 6th and ends on May 4th, 2016Please review the attached Open Enrollment Communication brochure for further information.

For those employees who are benefit eligible, please take this opportunity to review your Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Health Insurance Opt Out Program options.  Also review the Deferred Compensation, Short and Long Term Disability plans. All changes will go into effect on July 1, 2016

Health Insurance

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) has new premium rates as well as health plan benefit changes for FY2017. It is important that you review the health plan benefit changes to ensure you understand the impact they may have on your current GIC health insurance plan. All of this information is reflected in the GIC Benefit Decision Guide attached.  

One health plan benefit change is that due to the Harvard Pilgrim Independence Plan’s significant premium increases and spending beyond it premium rates, the plan will be closed to new members.  Existing members can stay in the plan and change their coverage (e.g., individual to family) however; individuals who are picking up GIC coverage during Annual Enrollment cannot enroll in the plan; and existing GIC members cannot switch into this plan.

If you are NOT currently enrolled in the City’ s Health Insurance but eligible for health benefits, you will be required to complete the Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (HIRD) form, which is attached, and return it to Personnel by Wednesday, May 4 th .

Health Insurance Opt Out Program

The City will be re-offering the Health Insurance Opt-Out Program with an update in the eligibility criteria.  This benefit is being offered to qualified union and non-bargaining unit employees and would provide annual payments of either $2,000.00 or $4,000.00 per year to those who qualify.  For those employees who are eligible for and interested in the Health Insurance Opt Out Program, please ensure you complete all the appropriate forms no later than May 4th

Employees who are currently enrolled are no longer required to re-enroll annually; however as for all employees not enrolled in the City’s Health Insurance, you are required to complete the HIRD form, which is attached, annually during Open Enrollment.

Dental Insurance

Your dental insurance benefitwill continue to be provided by Delta Dentawith the Low anHigh Plan options. The dual plan design allows fomoraffordable coverage for employees to utilize. Thdentarates for FY2017 havincreased by 3%. Please find the new rates attached.

Vision Insurance

Your vision insurance benefits will continue with our current provider, Vision Service Plan (VSP). The rates for VSP will remain as is for the upcoming year. 

Life Insurance

Your life insurance benefits will continue with our current provider, Boston Mutual. The rates for Boston Mutual will remain as is for the upcoming year. 

Next Steps

If you are happy with your health, dental, vision and life coverage, you do not need to do anything.  If you do choose to make changes to your benefits, all required forms are due to the Benefits office by Wednesday, May 4th.

Payroll Deductions for Health, Dental and Life Insurance Premiums

Coverage/rate changes to health, dental, vision and group/voluntary life will go into effect on July 1, 2016. Deductions are taken the month prior to coverage effective date. Please see below for the breakdown of payroll deductions and when the new rates will take place:

Paycheck dated June 3, 2016 for City Weekly- 52

Paycheck dated June 30, 2016 for City Monthly- 12

Paycheck dated June 1, 2016 for School Weekly – 52

Paycheck dated June 7, 2016 for School Biweekly – 26

For those employees that are not paid during the summer months (School Weekly – 42 and School Biweekly –21), your scheduled deductions will be updated on the first payroll in September 2016.  A follow up communication will be sent on how deductions will be processed in June 2016 to capture the new rates during the summer months.

Flexible Spending

If you are enrolled in the Benefit Strategies Flexible Spending plan, you will have the opportunity in November to re-enroll for coverage and/or make changes for a January 1, 2017 effective date. 

Questions 

If you have any questions regarding Benefits Open Enrollment, please join us at the Perks Fair on Thursday, April 14th from 9:30 am-4:00 pm at the Cummings School.  You may review all of the Open Enrollment communication by visiting our Open Enrollment website, which will be finalized and up on April 7th at: http://www.somervillema.gov/openenrollment.  The Open Enrollment Brochure will be posted on the website as well as the applicable forms to make changes to your benefits.  In addition, this information is being mailed to your home address on file over the next week.

You may also feel free to contact Mary Alice Lally, Mary McKenna or Barbara Brown in the Benefits Department at 617-625-6600 X 3324.

Mary McKenna:  mmckenna@somervillema.gov

Mary Alice Lally: mlally@somervillema.gov

Barbara Brown: bbrown@somervillema.gov

Warm regards,

Barbara

Barbara Brown

Benefits Manager

City of Somerville

93 Highland Ave.

Somerville, MA 02143

W:  (617) 625-6600 ext. 3303

www.somervillema.gov

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Ball and Awards Night

Somerville Firefighters Ball

April 30, 2016

Montvale Plaza - Stoneham

Cocktails at 7 pm      Dinner at 8 pm

See station stewards or contact union office for tickets

Last day for tickets April 21

Class A uniform requested but not required

Hockey Schedule
Retirees Get Together

The next retirees get together will be held on May 11th at the DAV on Broadway from 09-12. Retirement papers can be notorized at this meeting. 

Jay Colbert for IAFF District 3 VP

Member and former President of Local 76 Jay Colbert is a candidate for the office of District 3 Vice President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Best of luck Jay!

All Calls

If any current or former members of Local 76, that may have changed their phone numbers,  would like to be added to the all call list please send Tommy Ross an email at tross@somervillelocal76.com


 
 
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