2019-20 Vision Plan

The Boise School District offers vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP), which is administered by Ameritas. Refer to the contents below for more information.

  1. 2019-20 Vision Plan Overview
  2. Benefit plan documents
  3. Who is eligible for benefits?
  4. When do benefits begin?
  5. Making Benefit Election Changes
  6. How do benefits renew?
  7. Member card
  8. How to enroll
  9. Contact Information

2019-20 Vision Plan Overview

View the 2019-20 Vision Plan Overview presentation in Google Slides.

Benefit plan documents

Rate Sheet

Plan Documents

Who is eligible for benefits?

Administrative & Certified Employees

Who is eligible?

Administrative and certified employees who work 0.5 FTE or greater are eligible for the District’s vision plan.

Administrative and certified employees who work 1.0 FTE and enroll in the vision plan will have their premiums paid in full by the District. Employees who work less than 1.0 FTE and enroll in the vision plan will cost-share the premium with the District; reference the premium cost-sharing example below.

Premium Cost-Sharing Example:
  • Employee A works a 0.5 FTE contract, the District will pay 50% of the premium and the employee will pay the other 50%.
  • Employee B works a 0.75 FTE contract, the District will pay 75% of the premium and the employee will pay the other 25%.

Classified Employees

Who is eligible?

Regular, classified employees - as outlined in the Classified Employee Handbook, 2.3.2 Status Classifications - who work 20+ hours per week and who were hired prior to February 1st of the current school year (the February 1st rule only applies to positions working less than 12-months per year) are eligible for District benefits.

Employees who work 30 or more hours per week and enroll in the vision plan will have their premiums paid in full by the District. Employees who work less than 30 hours per week and enroll in the vision plan will cost-share the premium with the District; reference the premium cost-sharing below.

Premium Cost-Sharing:
  • Employees working 20 - 24.9 hrs/week will pay 50% of the premium and the District will pay the other 50%.
  • Employees working 25 - 29.9 hrs/week will pay 25% of the premium and the District will pay the other 75%.

Dependents

Dependent refers to:

  • An Insured's spouse, an individual who is legally married to a Member pursuant to Idaho law.
  • Each unmarried and married child less than 26 years of age, for whom the Insured, the Insured's spouse is legally responsible, including natural born children, adopted children from the date of birth if the newborn child has been placed* with the Insured within sixty (60) days of the adopted child's date of birth on the date of placement for the purpose of adoption if the child is placed* with the Insured for adoption more than sixty (60) days after the date of birth, and children covered under a Qualified Medical Child Support Order as defined by applicable Federal and State laws. Grandchildren, spouses of Dependents and other Dependent family members under the age of 26 are not eligible for coverage under this plan.
  • Each unmarried child age 26 or older who is Totally Disabled and who became so incapable prior to attainment of the limiting age and who is chiefly dependent upon such member for support and maintenance. Coverage of such child will not terminate while the policy remains in force and the dependent remains in such condition, if the member has within thirty-one (31) days of such dependent's attainment of the limiting age submitted proof of such dependent's incapacity as described herein.

*Placed means physical placement in the care of the adopting health plan member. If physical placement is prevented due to medical needs of the child, "placed" means the date the adopting health plan member signs an agreement for adoption of the child and assumes financial responsibility for the child.

If enrolling eligible dependents on the plan, dependent validation documentation must be provided to Human Resources (HR). Please submit the Healthcare Dependent Validation Form or acceptable supporting document(s) as found on page two (2) of the Healthcare Dependent Validation Form to HR by the following business day following plan enrollment.

If an employee does not have the acceptable supporting documents (as found on page two (2) of the Healthcare Dependent Validation Form) to submit by the following business day, please submit the Healthcare Dependent Validation Form to HR for each eligible dependent being enrolled. Employees will then have 30 days to provide the acceptable supporting document(s).

Employees may submit the forms to HR via one of the following methods:

  1. By scanning and uploading to InfinityHR during enrollment.
  2. By faxing to HR via our confidential fax number, (208) 854-4010.
  3. By scanning and emailing to [email protected].

When do benefits begin?

New-Hire Eligibility Period

Employees and their eligible dependents are eligible for benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of employment. If an employee does not enroll in benefits during this time, the employee may still have an opportunity during Spring Enrollment to enroll themselves or themselves and their eligible dependents.

There are also additional opportunities for employees to enroll themselves or themselves and their eligible dependents; view the Spring Enrollment and Making Benefit Election Changes sections for more information.

Spring Enrollment

If an employee did not enroll themselves or did not enroll themselves and their eligible dependents during the new-hire eligibility period, they will have the option during the District’s annual Spring Enrollment. The District’s Spring Enrollment period is May 15th - June 15th. During this period eligible employees may enroll themselves or themselves and their eligible dependents.

If an employee does not use this period to enroll, there are additional opportunities to enroll themselves or themselves and their eligible dependents; view the Making Benefit Election Changes section for more information.

Making Benefit Election Changes

IRS Qualifying Event

Because the District operates its benefits under a Cafeteria Plan, the District is limited on what election changes are permissible and when. What does this mean for employees? It means employees may not make changes to plan elections outside of the new-hire eligibility period or the Spring Enrollment period unless the employee experiences a qualifying event as outlined in the IRS document, Tax Treatment of Cafeteria Plans (see §1.125-4 Permitted election changes). Please note, the District has not adopted all of the qualified changes listed in the document.

For more information, please email [email protected].

How do benefits renew?

The District’s plan year runs from September 1st - August 31st. Once an employee has enrolled in the plan, the plan will automatically renew each plan year unless the employee makes any allowable changes during the Spring Enrollment period or the employee experiences a qualifying event allowed by the IRS for Cafeteria Plans.

Member Card

Once enrolled in either plan, employees will not receive a membership card. The provider will be able to look up the employee by the social security number (SSN).

How to Enroll

The District uses an online benefits platform, InfinityHR, to manage enrollment of benefits. To enroll or drop members (during eligible periods of enrollment), navigate to InfinityHR.

First Time User

Existing User

  • Existing users, navigate to InfinityHR and enter the User ID and Password.
    • The User ID is the Employee ID followed by the last five (5) of the social security number (SSN).

Reset ID and Password

Contact Information