Benefits

2020 Bonar Street, Room 234, Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510.644.6666
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Email: benefits@berkeley.net
Kimberle Sanders, Risk Management and Benefits Supervisor

The Berkeley Unified School district provides medical, dental and vision benefits for eligible employees. In addition, BUSD provides other benefits such as an Employee Assistance Program and Flexible Spending plans.

Very soon, BUSD staff will receive open enrollment materials and enrollment form in the mail regarding the District’s change to CalPERS Health. The effective date for this change will be January 1, 2017. Your current medical benefits through Kaiser or Health Net will end on December 31, 2016. The Open Enrollment period is October 3, 2016 through October 31, 2016 in the district Board Room. Please look at this webpage for further details: http://www.berkeleyschools.net/calpershealth/.

Documents for 2017 Open Enrollment:

BUSD Active Employee Guide to District Health Benefits Sept 2016
The guide to the new health plan and enrollment procedures specifically aimed at Berkeley Unified employees.

2017 Health Benefit Summary
The 2017 Health Benefit Summary provides valuable information to help you make an informed choice about your health plan and health care providers. This publication compares covered services, co-payments, and benefits for each CalPERS health plan. It also provides information about plan availability by county and a chart summarizing important differences among health plan types.

CalPERS Kaiser Comparison with district’s current Kaiser Plan
A four-page chart comparing CalPERS Kaiser Comparison with district’s current Kaiser Plan.

Certificated Rate Sheets 2017
Rate sheets for Teachers, Principals, and Other Certificated Staff

Classified Rate Sheets 2017
Rate sheets for Classified Staff

Declaration Health Coverage 2017
This is a short form you must fill out. The form is also in the benefits packet being mailed to you.

BUSD Health Benefits Enrollment Form 2017
This is an one-page form you must fill out. The form is also in the benefits packet being mailed to you.

Forms regarding 2016 plans:

Employee Assistance Program

With MHN’s EAP, employees can confidentially address and resolve their day-to-day personal and workplace challenges.

Click to download a fact sheet filled with useful information (PDF):

BUSD Parking & Transportation Reimbursement Plan 2012:

Eligible employees may designate a portion of tax-free dollars to pay for qualified transit, parking and van pooling or parking expenses. You may access your plan dollars by either of the following methods:

Debit Cards:

Each Parking & Transit participant may receive a debit card.  Debit cards will be mailed separately to the participant’s address of record.  They should receive their cards about two weeks after we receive their enrollment.  Please note, CBA provides one debit card that will work for the Medical FSA, Parking, and Transit accounts (the debit card cannot be used for the day care account).  If an employee has a debit card already and signs up for the transit or parking account, they will not receive a new card.  Instead, their existing card will be enhanced to accept parking and transit transactions.

Please know that contributions are added to each participant’s Parking and/or Transit account on each payday (just like a bank account).  So if an employee elects $100 per pay day to be contributed for Transit expenses, the funds will not be available until the actual pay day.  This is quite different from the Medical FSA, which allows employees to be reimbursed up to their “annual election” at any time during the year, regardless of the amount they have actually contributed. If you have any problems accessing your account please contact CBA customer service for assistance.

Below is the information contained in the Welcome Packet: