RESOURCES

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

BLUE VALLEY DISTRICT CONTACTS

 

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

 

FMLA, Leave of Absence, Disability, General Benefits Questions

     Heather Howell, Benefits Specialist

     Email: hhowell@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4674

     Fax: (913) 239-4157

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

 

Health Care Continuation Questions (COBRA, State Continuation), Benefits Communications, General Benefits Questions

     Sara Hartman, Benefits Representative

     Email: shartman@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4235

     Fax: (913) 239-4157

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

 

 Wellbeing Programs

     Candy Hawks, Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

     Email: clhawks@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4013

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

 

403(b) & 457(b) Savings Plans

     Maureen Liggett, Benefits Coordinator

     Email: mliggett@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4671

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

 

KPERS Retirement Eligibility, Process, Forms

     Maureen Liggett, Benefits Coordinator

     Email: mliggett@bluevalleyk12.org

     Phone: (913) 239-4671

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

 

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

     Kathleen McDavid, Payroll Specialist

     Email: kmcdavid@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) 395-2270

 

FAX: (816) 471-2269

 

BLUEKC.COM

Group Number:  14274000

Customer Service:

 

(816) 395-2270

 

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.COM

Customer Service:

(816) 474-4472

 

HSA.UMB.COM

Customer Service:

(816) 474-4472

 

HSA.UMB.COM

Customer Service:

 

(800) 727-0182

 

Claims Fax:

 

(800) 818-0829

 

TRI-STARSYSTEMS.COM

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Customer Service:

 

(800) 789-2720

 

MyAIP.com

Customer Service:

(800) 986-3343

PRINCIPAL.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 DATES

 

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 Heather Howell 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 Heather Howell at (913) 239-4674 or via email:  hhowell@bluevalleyk12.org  

 

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 Principal 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 - Principal

**Note: Questions regarding the coverages you have and the amounts you are eligible for should be directed to1-800-986-3343. Select "company directory" and enter extension 44335.**

 

Click Here for Portability and Conversion Options.

 

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 Teresa Damron, Blue Valley Compliance Analyst at:  tdamron@bluevalleyk12.org, or at 913-239-4628.  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 benefits 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 Heather Howell, Blue Valley Benefits Specialist at hhowell@bluevalleyk12.org or 913-239-4674.

 

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

 

 

 

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 will want to enroll 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.

  • If you decide to drop the District’s health insurance policy, then you would also want to sign up for Medicare Parts A, B, D and likely a Medicare Supplement policy. 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.

  • Enrollment in Medicare is treated as a qualifying Life Changing Event, which opens a 30 day window from the date that you become enrolled in Medicare to apply to make changes to your benefits. You would apply to make

 

Covered Spouse Reaching Age 65

  • You can continue the district health insurance coverage for spouse if you so choose. 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 will want to enroll 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. 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.

  • Enrollment in Medicare is treated as a qualifying Life Changing Event, which opens a 30 day window from the date that your spouse becomes enrolled in Medicare to apply to make changes to your benefits. You would apply to make changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO LIBRARY

Below are videos for you to view at your convenience to assist you in navigating your benefits.

 

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