Your benefits are effective on the first day of the month following your hire date or a life/qualifying event date.
Benefits premium payments are retroactive to the first of the month and deducted from the employee's paycheck accordingly.
Example: Donna is hired on April 15. Donna has 31 days to enroll for benefits before her waiting period expires on May 15. Donna is having trouble deciding and finally makes a decision on May 14. Donna will still owe premiums for benefits beginning May 1. Donna’s insurance coverage will go into effect on May 1 and as a result Donna will be retroactively billed for the effective date of May 1.
NOTE: It takes 7-10 business days before an employee becomes active in the carrier's system. Cards are mailed within one week of the vendor's system update. Employees can check the status of their cards or coverage by contacting the carrier directly.
All new hires are required to log in to the Benefits Portal and either elect or decline benefits within 30 days of their start date.
Need assistance? Please contact the Benefits CareLine at 833-453-1680 (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and a representative will assist you with your new hire benefits enrollment.
A district substitute is eligible to enroll in TRS-ActiveCare if the district reasonably expects the substitute to work at least 10 hours per week. Hours worked for other school districts are not considered in determining whether a substitute is eligible for benefits through Mansfield ISD.
Benefit changes may only be made if you experience a valid qualifying event, such as the birth of a child, the adoption of a child, getting married, spouse job status change, etc. Changes must be made within 31 days of the event.
The Mansfield ISD Benefit Plan is a Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan (Cafeteria Plan) allowed under the regulation of Section 125 of the Internal Revenue code. “Pre-tax” elections cannot be revoked or changed during the plan year unless there is a qualifying event.
Election changes must be consistent with the event. An employee cannot elect to drop coverage retroactively; a future cancellation date is required. Please keep in mind, switching plans during the plan year could cause your deductible and out-of-pocket limits to reset.
Supporting Documents Required to Enroll/Cancel Coverage
REMINDER - Any changes made during the plan year must be processed by the Benefits Office.
EXAMPLE OF QUALIFYING EVENT
REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Birth of a Child
Verification of birth facts issued by hospital
Placement for adoption paperwork -or- Legal documentation of the adoption
Original signed divorce decree
Dependent’s enrollment in another employer’s benefits through job change or open enrollment
Proof of the enrollment including effective date of coverage, type of coverage (medical, dental, vision), and the names of dependents enrolled with their effective date of coverage.
Loss of benefits due to loss of job or loss of eligibility
Letter from former employer or print screens from insurance carriers listing:
Types of coverage lost, the last date of coverage, and the names of dependents losing coverage
For birth and adoption, benefits become effective the date of the event. Marriage, divorce, and death become effective the first of the month following the event date.
To submit a change, complete the TRS Change Form and submit with documentation to the Benefits Office via email email@example.com, fax: 817-548-2161, or in person at: 605 E. Broad Street, Mansfield TX 76063.
**No changes will be made outside of the 31 day window allowed**
Medical – You can contact a BCBSTX Personal Health Guide at 1-866-355-5999 or request a new/replacement ID card or print a temporary one through Blue Access for Members. (NOTE: Blue Access for Members also offers a variety of tools and services including locating providers in your network and checking claims status.)
Dental – You can contact Lincoln Financial Group at 1-800-423-2765.
Vision – You can call Davis Vision at 1-877-923-2847 or login to their website. MISD Group Number is 7511.
The purpose of the Sick Leave Bank (SLB) is to provide the members additional paid sick leave days in the event of a catastrophic illness or injury (as defined in Board Policy DEC(LOCAL)-X) that force them to exhaust all paid leave and would result in a loss of income.
Are you eligible?
Have you been out for 10 consecutive work days?
Is this a catastrophic condition or illness?
How to request days from the Sick Leave Bank:
The process starts with requesting medical leave under the FMLA through the FMLA Leave Request Form. The link to apply for days from the SLB will be included in the FMLA Eligibility Notice.
You will need to contact TRS at 800-223-8778 or visit the TRS website to read about “Planning for Retirement”.
TRS also has a TRS Education Membership video series intended to provide answers and information to the most commonly asked questions about TRS member pension benefits. No matter where you are in your career, you will find something useful in each video. Watch each video in the series here.
You will need to bring your TRS 7 form to the MISD Payroll office located at 605 E. Broad Street, Manfield TX 76063. Once complete, they will forward to TRS after your final paycheck from MISD is processed.
A 457(b) planis an employer-sponsored, voluntary retirement plan that allows you to save money in a pre-tax account. For more information on how to make change, visit the 457B Plan Benefits Hub webpage.
Annual enrollment is typically held during the summer. Employees are able to review and renew their benefits in multiple ways including online and in-person. For the most recent information, visit the Open Enrollment webpage.
Employees and dependents covered by TRS-ActiveCare are eligible for COBRA continuation coverage. After your resignation has been processed, you will receive a COBRA enrollment kit at the address we have on file.
For questions regarding the continuation of your medical benefits, please contact the TRS-ActiveCare COBRA Administration at 1-833-682-8972 or Scott and White Health Plan COBRA Administration at 1-877-722-2667.
For questions regarding the continuation of your dental, vision & flexible spending account (FSA) benefits, please contact NBS COBRA Department at 1-800-274-0503.