+ About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are requiring that any employee who travels to a country that the CDC has determined to be a country with an Alert Level 2 or Warning Level 3 must notify their HR partner before returning to work. Information on Alert/Warning Levels can be found here.
+ What does "Self-Funded" mean for my benefits?
To help control rising costs, the District and our Benefits Board have been looking at new ways to administer some of our benefits. Rather than staying with a Fully-Insured model and paying set premiums to insurance carriers, we are transitioning to a Self-Funded model. Self-funding (or self-insured) is a financial model that allows DPS to take on the monetary risk of paying claims. Savings from administrative costs and fees are passed on directly to you.
What does Self-Insured mean for you this year?
- We will see an average of 4.4% increases in premiums this year. With a Fully-Insured model, that increase would have been 11%. By moving to a self-funded model, we are already saving nearly 7% on premium increases! Final rates will be available at the end of March.
- We will continue to provide the most robust and affordable benefits possible for you.
- You’ll get new ID cards from Aetna and Kaiser.
- There will be updated contact information for our carriers.
We are here to support you in making important decisions around your health. DPS offers a variety of benefits to meet your needs. From medical to dental insurance, employee discounts, child care support, life insurance, and retirement - DPS has you covered.
Take advantage of all your benefits and enroll during Open Enrollment, April 20-May 8. Be prepared to take action by reviewing your options early. The most up-to-date, accurate information on medical options, supplemental benefits, and so much more can be found on The Commons, whenever and wherever you need it.
+ New and Improved Benefits Help on The Commons, 24/7!
Please take a moment to review the new self-service Benefits help available to you anytime, anywhere, via The Commons.
We listened to your feedback, and redesigned the information to address your most common, urgent questions from the last year!
+ Tax Withholding & W4 Changes
See this guide for instructions to update your tax withholdings in Employee Space. Contact Payroll@dpsk12.org if you need assistance once you’ve logged-in.
+ Retirement/Resignation Dates
Teachers generally have a contract end date of 7/31. If you intend to retire or resign from DPS, your resignation letter should indicate 7/31 to maximize your benefits coverage from DPS.
Colorado PERA will consider your retirement effective on the first of the month following your last physical day working.
Most teachers’ last day working this year is May 29, so Colorado PERA can make their retirement effective on June 1, even though their contract with DPS does not end until July 31. Contact Colorado PERA for details.
+ Open Enrollment for RIB's/Resigns/Retire
Teachers need to take action during Benefits Open Enrollment even if they were RIB’d, or intend to resign or retire at the end of their contract. The new elections start on July 1, PRIOR to the end of the contract on July 31.
+ How do I read my paystub?
Visit this page for instructions on reading your paystub.
+ How do I enroll in and access/use my benefits?
Check out the Benefits Self Help Center for access to our comprehensive benefits packages.
+ If I don't pay union dues, am I still part of the employee association?
Yes. Regardless of whether or not you pay union dues, you are still a part of your designated employee association.
+ How do I receive my benefit credits and/or subsidies?
Benefit Credits: Listed as a negative "deduction” on your pay stub, Benefit Credits are automatically applied to discount the cost of your medical premium. A negative number under deductions means there is a credit back to you.
Medical Subsidy: This will not appear on your paystub, but will be automatically applied to discount the cost your medical premium.
Child Subsidy: This will not appear on your paystub, but will be automatically applied to discount the cost of your medical premium.
HSA or HMO Subsidy: HSA subsidies will be automatically added to your HSA account twice a month. HMO subsidies will be automatically applied to discount the cost of your medical premiums and will not appear on your paystub.
+ What happens if I need medical care outside of the Denver Metro area?
All individuals enrolled in an AETNA or Kaiser Permanente medical plan are covered for urgent and emergency care anywhere in the world. Covered means that expenses will apply towards your deductibles and out of pocket maximums, and insurance will cover the claim as if it were within the network. Urgent and emergency care are defined by each provider.
Routine services aren’t covered outside of the Denver Metro area, so make sure to get them before your trip if you’re traveling elsewhere. Routine services include prevention, exams, checkups, and services for ongoing medical conditions.
For those subscribers and dependents who are located in a state where Kaiser Permanente has a service area, the Visiting Member Services Brochure explains how to obtain a Visiting Member Medical Record Number and access care within the visiting Kaiser region. Care while visiting a Kaiser region is more comprehensive than care outside of a Kaiser region. Visiting members are able to get most of the same services in the region that they are visiting as they would in their home region. Please note that there are no age or time restrictions for Visiting Members.
If possible, talk through symptoms with your provider prior to visiting a medical facility.
Kaiser Permanente: 303-338-4545
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