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CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Information

BLUE VALLEY DISTRICT CONTACTS

 

Who do I call at Blue Valley for questions about...

General Benefit Questions, Medicare, COBRA
     Laura Mack, Benefits Specialist
     Email:  LMACK@bluevalleyk12.org
     Phone:  (913) 239-4235
     Fax:  (913) 239-4157
     M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Summer Hours:  M-TH 7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

 

FMLA, Leave of Absence, Disability, General Benefits Questions

     Audrey Wilson, Benefits Specialist

     Email: alwilson@bluevalleyk12.org 

     Phone: (913) 239-4674

     Fax: (913) 239-4157

     M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (Summer Hours: M-TH 7:00am - 5:00pm)

403(b) & 457(b) Savings Plans 

   Dr. Jennifer Spencer, Director of HR for Employee Benefits
    Email:  JDSpencer02@bluevalleyk12.org
    Phone:  (913) 239-4671
    Fax:  (913) 239-4157
    M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Summer Hours:  M-TH 7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

 

KPERS Retirement Eligibility, Process, Forms

   Dr. Jennifer Spencer, Director of HR for Employee Benefits
    Email:  JDSpencer02@bluevalleyk12.org
    Phone:  (913) 239-4671
    Fax:  (913) 239-4157
    M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Summer Hours:  M-TH 7:00 am – 5:00 pm)

 

Benefit Deductions, Coordinator of Premium Payments, Payment Arrangements

     Joanne Hayes, Payroll Specialist

     Email: jhayes@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4233

     M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (Summer Hours: M-TH 7:00am - 5:00pm)

 

Contract Payouts

     Diane Willey, Payroll Specialist

     Email: dmwilley@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4351

     M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (Summer Hours: M-TH 7:00am - 5:00pm)

 

Bank Account Changes/Routing Issues

     Kathy Florio, Payroll Specialist

     Email: kflorio@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4310

     M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (Summer Hours: M-TH 7:00am - 5:00pm)

 

Update Information Due to Move or Name Change

     Katie Mitchum, HR Specialist

     Email: kamitchum@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4672

     M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm (Summer Hours: M-TH 7:00am - 5:00pm)

 

Assistance with Log In Credentials to the Benefits Administration System

     BV Care Desk

     Phone: (913) 239-4080

CARRIER CONTACTS

Customer Service:

 

(816) 395-2244

 

FAX: (816) 471-2269

 

BLUEKC.COM

Group Number:  14274000

Customer Service:  

           

(800) 234-3375

DELTADENTALKS.COM

Group Number:  1698

Network: PPO

Customer Service:

 

(866) 818-8805

 

FAX:  (866) 293-7373

 

SURENCY.COM

Group Number: 1698

Network: Access

Customer Service:

(816) 474-4472

 

HSA.UMB

Customer Service:

 

(800) 727-0182

 

Claims Fax:

 

(800) 818-0829

 

TRI-STARSYSTEMS.COM

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Customer Service:

 

(800) 789-2720

 

MyAIP.com

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Customer Service:

(800) 628-8600

www.standard.com

Customer Service:

(800) 755-5801

User Name/Password Support:

(877) 348-3365

Transfer Support:

(800) 275-8714

TRSRETIRE.COM

Kansas College Savings Plan

 

Customer Service:

(800) 579-2203

LEARNINGQUESTSAVINGS.COM

Missouri College Savings Plan

 

Customer Service:

 

(888) 414-6678

 

MISSOURIMOST.ORG

Customer Service:

(888) 275 - 5737

8:30am - 4:00pm M-F

KPERS.ORG

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Important Notices

IMPORTANT DATES/ WORKSHOPS

Important Dates

FMLA / Leave of Absence

Time Away

FMLA Overview

 

Employees may need an extended period of time away from work to care for an eligible family member, or to recuperate from a serious health condition, or due to a qualifying military family leave.  If you find yourself in these circumstances, you may request paid and/or unpaid leave under the terms of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as provided for by Federal law.   

 

FMLA Eligibility

You may be eligible for this type of leave if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You are currently employed with the District;

  • You have worked for the District for at least 12 months; and

  • You have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months.

 

Other leave options may be available if you are NOT eligible for or do not qualify for FMLA.  

 

Contact Audrey Wilson in the Blue Valley HR Benefits Department once you become aware of the need for leave or by the 3rd day of an absence due to you or a family member’s accident, illness or qualifying military family event

NOTE:  You still need to follow normal call-in procedures for your Department to report absences in addition to contacting Audrey Wilson at (913) 239-4674 or via email:  alwilson@bluevalleyk12.org

Leaving Employment

LEAVING EMPLOYMENT

Blue Valley Schools provide benefit options available to covered employees upon an approved Leave of Absence (LOA), Retirement, or Termination. The options available to covered employees consist of all of the benefits offered to active employees with the exception of Short Term Disability/Term Life Insurance unless these benefits were selected as an active employee.

 

Once the district’s coverage for health, dental, vision and the Flexible Spending Plan cease, you may elect to continue Blue Valley group health insurance benefits under COBRA provisions provided for by Federal Law. Employees who elect KPERS retirement at the time of termination may elect COBRA or State Continuation (if eligible). Continuation of coverage may also be available under an approved unpaid Leave of Absence.

BV Term Life Insurance- The Standard

For more information on continuing your life insurance coverage with Portability and Conversion, please contact The Standard at: 800-378-4668

 

Click Here for Portability and Conversion Options.

KPERS

KANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM (KPERS)

Customer Service:

(888) 275 - 5737

8:30am - 4:00pm M-F

KPERS.ORG

Employees working in KPERS covered positions, regularly scheduled to work 630 hours or more, are eligible for membership in the State retirement plan known as KPERS.  If eligible, employee participation is mandatory.  Several changes have occurred for KPERS members effective July 1, 2017. 

 

KPERS Service Credit & Retirement

 

KPERS provides a retirement benefit for eligible members who are vested in the system.  You vest after 5 years of KPERS service credit.  You may be able to purchase service credit, including: forfeited KPERS service; out-of-state service; and military service.  You can access your member account at:  www.kpers.org.  If you have questions, please contact KPERS at their toll-free number:  M – F, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, toll-free at 1-888-275-5737. 

 

For assistance in purchasing eligible KPERS service credit and completing the KPERS retirement application process, contact Jennifer Spencer at:  jdspencer02@bluevalleyk12.org  or at 913-239-4671.  For information related to KPERS retirement, go to:  www.kpers.org/retire

 

Life Insurance

KPERS membership includes basic group life insurance equal to 150% of your annual salary. The district pays for the cost of this benefit. You will need to designate beneficiaries for your retirement and life insurance benefits. Contingent beneficiaries may also be named. Login to your KPERS account at www.kpers.org to complete and submit the beneficiary form.

 

Portability and Conversion

 

Conversion and Portability Election forms, for your KPERS group life insurance, explain the benefits and costs for each option. You can get these forms by downloading them at www.kpers.org.

Questions? Contact KPERS M - F, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, toll-free at 1-888-275-5737.

Disability

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

 

If you are an active KPERS member and become disabled, you may qualify for disability benefits under the terms and conditions of the KPERS long-term disability plan. If approved, you may be eligible for a disability benefit equal to 60% of base annual salary. The minimum monthly benefit is $100, and the maximum is $5,000. Benefits for approved claims begin after 180 days of continuous total disability or the date you stop drawing compensation from the District, if later.

 

The Benefits Department will help you start the claims processing by notifying KPERS. Once KPERS verifies your benefit eligibility, you will receive a claims packet direct from KPERS’ third-party administrator towards the end of your 180-day waiting period.

 

Questions? Contact Audrey Wilson, Blue Valley Benefits Specialist at alwilson@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4674.

 

For more detailed information, please click the Benefit Guide link at the top of the page.

 

 

Medicare

MEDICARE

Below you will find information regarding your Medicare benefits if you are a covered employee or covered spouse reaching age 65.

 

Covered Employee Reaching Age 65

 

  • There should not be any penalties for having both the BlueKC and Medicare coverage if you choose to continue coverage under the District’s policy. The District’s policy provides creditable prescription drug coverage as defined by Federal law. The updated Creditable Coverage Notice is available on the Benefits Website under the Tab titled: Health / Important Notices.

  • You may want to consider enrolling in Medicare Part A effective the first of the month in which you attain age 65, even if you choose to continue your coverage under the District’s health insurance. However, if you plan to continue working at the District beyond age 65 and plan to be enrolled in the District’s BlueKC policy, you are permitted to delay enrolling in Medicare until employment with the District ends and you subsequently lose eligibility for the District’s BlueKC policy.  If you are participating in the Health Savings Account (HSA) and would like to continue making contributions to your HSA, please be aware that enrollment in any part of Medicare (even Part A) makes you ineligible for HSA contributions. 

  • HSA participants:  To avoid tax penalties, if you enroll in Medicare when it is first available (typically the first of the month in which you turn age 65), then you should stop all HSA contributions in the month prior to your Medicare effective date.  If you delay Medicare enrollment, then you should stop all HSA contributions at least six months prior to your Medicare effective date. 

  • If you decide to drop the District’s BlueKC health insurance policy, then you would also want to sign up for Medicare Parts A, B, D and likely a Medicare Supplement policy or Medicare Advantage. It is recommended that you compare the Medicare plan benefits and costs to the District’s plan benefits and costs.

  • Medicare has a great website to obtain this information: www.medicare.gov. Or you can call Medicare at (800) 633-4227. You can obtain personalized health insurance counseling by calling (800) 860-5260 if you reside in Kansas, or (800) 390-3330 if you reside in Missouri. You can also make an appointment with the local Social Security office if you prefer. The toll-free number for Social Security is: (800) 772-1213.

  • Turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare is treated as a Qualifying Life Changing Event, which opens a 31-day window from the date that you become enrolled in Medicare (when first eligible) to apply to make changes to your benefits. To apply to make changes to your benefits, call the Blue Valley Benefits Help Center at 844-239-0434, M-F anytime from 8:30am-5:00pm.

 

Covered Spouse Reaching Age 65

  • Your covered spouse may continue enrollment the District’s health insurance coverage at age 65 if so chosen (as long as you remain enrolled also). The District’s health plan would be primary and Medicare would be secondary. There should not be any penalties for having both the BlueKC and Medicare coverage if you decide to continue you and your spouse’s coverage under the District’s policy since the District’s policy provides creditable prescription drug coverage as defined by Federal law. The updated Creditable Coverage Notice is available on the Benefits Website under the Tab titled: Health / Important Notices.

  • Your spouse may want to consider enrolling in Medicare Part A effective the first of the month in which he or she attains age 65, even if you choose to continue to cover your spouse under the District’s health insurance.

  • If you decide to drop your spouse from the District’s health insurance policy, then he/she would also want to sign up for Medicare Parts A, B, D and likely a Medicare Supplement policy or Medicare Advantage. It is recommended that you compare the Medicare plan benefits and costs to the District’s plan benefits and costs.

  • Medicare has a great website to obtain this information: http://www.medicare.gov/ . Or you can call Medicare at (800) 633-4227. You can obtain personalized health insurance counseling by calling (800) 860-5260 if you reside in Kansas, or (800) 390-3330 if you reside in Missouri. You can also make an appointment with the local Social Security office if you prefer. The toll-free number for Social Security is: (800) 772-1213.

  • Turning 65 and becoming eligible for Medicare is treated as a Qualifying Life Changing Event, which opens a 31-day window from the date that you become enrolled in Medicare (when first eligible) to apply to make changes to your benefits. To apply to make changes to your benefits, call the Blue Valley Benefits Help Center at 844-239-0434, M-F anytime from 8:30am-5:00pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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