News for Employees
ERSC to Close Early Wednesday, December 18
The Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) will close at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 18, 2013 for a staff event.
Notice of Settlement Re: Aetna Out-of-Network Reimbursement
Employees using out-of-network services with an Aetna plan effective March 2001–August 2013 will receive notice that they may be eligible to participate in a class action settlement. Aetna has shared this information with the Employee and Retiree Service Center related to the settlement. If you have questions about the settlement or how to file a claim, contact the settlement administrator referred to in the notice you receive from Aetna.
Look for Your New Health Insurance I.D. Card in the Mail
If you changed health insurance carriers or plans during Open Enrollment, check your mail for your new health insurance identification card. You will receive a new identification card if you were automatically enrolled in a Cigna plan, or if you changed carriers or plans for any other reason. You can expect to receive your new identification card within 10 business days of your January 1, 2014 enrollment effective date. Also, be sure to discard your old identification card once your new card becomes effective. If you have not received your card by January 1, 2014, you can download a temporary identification card by visiting your carrier’s website and registering for an online account.
2014 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment Has Ended
2014 Employee Benefits Open Enrollment ended Friday, November 8, 2013. The Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) received a large number of Employee Benefits Open Enrollment forms during the last week of Open Enrollment. Staff is inputting benefit changes as quickly as possible. If you submitted a change to your benefits, but have not yet received confirmation, please know that a confirmation e-mail will appear in your Outlook inbox as soon as your form has been processed. Learn about your 2014 employee benefits here.
ERSC Implementing Policy Changes as a Result of DOMA Ruling
As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ERSC is implementing policy changes for MCPS employees who currently carry domestic partner health coverage and are married. Employees who currently carry domestic partner health coverage will receive a letter from ERSC dated October 1, 2013 that explains the results of the ruling. This includes discontinuation of federal (and state if applicable) taxes to imputed income for those in same-sex marriages. To receive the tax benefit, married recipients of the letter are asked to submit a copy of their marriage certificate to ERSC by scanning it and e-mailing a PDF to ERSC@mcpsmd.org, or by mailing it to ERSC at 45 W. Gude Drive, Suite 1200, Rockville, MD 20850. Should you have questions after receiving the letter, please telephone ERSC at 301-517-8100 or e-mail ERSC.
Health Exchange Notifications
The health exchange portion of the Affordable Care Act will go into effect in 2014, ushering in a new way to shop for health insurance. To help you make health insurance decisions for you and your family, the federal government requires employers to provide employees with a document, New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage. MCPS mailed this document to all employees at their home addresses. Questions? Contact ERSC at 301-517-8100 or by e-mail.
News for Retirees
2014 Retiree Benefits Open Enrollment Has Ended
2014 Retiree Benefits Open Enrollment ended Friday, November 1, 2013. If you made a change during Open Enrollment, ERSC will send you confirmation. Learn about your 2014 retiree benefits here.