Links and Resources for Employees:
- My Benefits Hub (Enrollment and Benefit Information Platform)
- 2020-21 Benefits Guidebook and Contacts
- Benefits FAQ for 2020-21--How to get cards? Where do I go for help? How can I review coverage?
- Forney ISD Benefits Broker Information: Gentry Financial - 903-939-8133
Eligibility, Enrollment, and Plan Effective Dates:
- Non-substitute employees who are expected to work 15 hours per week or more are eligible for all of the benefit programs described in this guide. In addition, these employees are eligible for Forney ISD’s $225 contribution towards the cost of TRS Medical premiums.
- Employees who are expected to work less than 15, but at least 10 hours per week, including substitutes, are eligible for medical insurance only. These employees are not eligible for the Forney ISD premium contribution of $225 per month, and will pay the full cost of the TRS ActiveCare Medical plan premium.
Employees are allowed to enroll in or make changes to their benefits coverages at three (3) distinct times:
New Hire Enrollment Period: All new employees have thirty-one (31) days from their date of hire to enroll in insurance. After this new hire enrollment window, benefit elections are locked until the following Annual Enrollment period, unless the employee has a qualifying event (change in tax dependents or change in access to health insurance).
- Annual Insurance Enrollment Period: Also called Open Enrollment, this period starts in the month of July every year. All eligible employees are allowed to make changes, drop, or enroll in provided benefit coverages. Specific dates and deadlines are communicated before and during each year’s enrollment period.
- Qualifying Event Enrollment Period: The only time that employees are able to change benefits enrollment outside of the new hire or annual open enrollment window is if they experience a qualifying event. A qualifying event is any event that changes either your number of tax dependents or your access to healthcare. Examples of qualifying events include:
- Birth, adoption, death, or guardianship of a child
- A change in marital status (marriage, divorce, death)
- A dependent’s loss of eligibility (attainment of a limiting age)
- Gain or loss of other coverage (i.e. a spouse starts or ends a new job and is eligible for or loses insurance coverage)
All employees have thirty-one (31) days from the qualifying event date to elect changes in coverage. You must notify HR, provide documentation of the qualifying event, and complete your amended enrollment for changes to take effect. Notifying HR of the intent to make changes only is not sufficient.
Coverage for qualyfing employees begins:
- Medical: On the first day of work OR the first of the month following hire date (employee's choice)
- Example: An employee who begins work on August 5 would be able to have medical coverage start either August 5 or September 1.
- All other plans: On the first of the month following hire date
- Example: An employee who begins work on August 5 would have dental, vision, and all other insurance coverages (if elected) as of September 1.
Our benefits plan year runs September 1 - August 31. Employees who are out of their first year of employment will have coverage start and end dates that match our benefits plan year.
Plan-specific links and information:
2019-20 Plan Year
- 2019-2020 TRS ActiveCare Information (English and Spanish)-Published by TRS
- 2019-2020 TRS HMO (Scott & White) Information-Published by TRS
- ALEX Benefits Counseling/Selection Assistance
- Healthcare Benefits/Services provided by Aetna:
2020-21 Plan Year
- 2020-21 TRS ActiveCare Plan Highlights (Published by TRS)
- 2020-21 TRS ActiveCare Summary of Benefits Coverage (Published by TRS)
- What's new and changing for 2020-21 (Published by TRS)
- BCBS Transition FAQ (Published by TRS)
MetLife Dental does not send out identification cards – your provider can verify your coverage by calling the automated hotline at 1-877-MET-DDS9. If you would like a generic paper card to carry with you with the number, you can print one here: Forney ISD Generic Dental Card
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Forney ISD offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through OneAmerica. This benefit provides access to resources, such as financial planning, legal questions, and covered counseling services at no cost to the employee. For more information about the services provided, or to access these benefits, please use this link:
Retirement: 403(b) Information
Retirement: Teacher Retirement of Texas (TRS) Information
Separation of Employment
Benefits coverage typically ends on the last day of the month in which you separate employment. For employees on a 207 calendar (or below) and who complete their full calendar prior to separating, benefits are provided through your final paycheck with the district.
Information regarding continuation of benefits coverage through COBRA will be sent to you from bSwift for Medical and Gentry Financial for all other qualifying plans.