Muscogee County School District strives to treat everyone with dignity and respect and promote equity and access tp continue to align with the District’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Anchors.  

Points of Contact

Benefits Call Center

  • Benefits Support Email

  • 855-949-0060 Available 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday during Open Enrollment

MCSD Contacts

2021-2022 Open Enrollment

Welcome to MCSD’s and the State Health Benefit Plan’s/SHBP 2021 Open Enrollment – OE – for the 2022 Plan Year.

OE gives members the opportunity to enroll in coverage if they are new to SHBP or to review your current Plan Options and make changes to your coverage based on your needs that will take effect January 1, 2022. 

OPEN ENROLLMENT WILL BE FROM OCTOBER 18, 2021 – NOVEMBER 5, 2021

This year’s enrollment is more important than ever, as many employees are re-evaluating their health needs and seeking to protect their financial well-being. Instead of in-person benefit fairs, MCSD is providing our employees with educational benefits information virtually, when it may be safer to stay at home in partnership with Alexander & Company, our third-party vendor. 

Active Member Decision-Making Guide

The 2022 Active Member Decision Guide provides information on new identification cards, your OE responsibilities, how to make an election, benefits comparison charts, wellness incentives, and more.

What if I Do Not Take Any Action?

If you do not need to make any changes to your current plan; you do not need to take any action for Health and Dental coverage. NOTE: Flexible spending account enrollment is separate and if you would like to continue the coverage; you must enroll and designate the amount. 

If the Division of Human Resources does not receive an election from you through the website, or by contacting our Employee Call Center, you have made a decision to take the default coverage. This means your health and dental coverage will remain the same (i.e. Current Plan Option and Tier) with your current Medical Claims Administrator in 2022.

NOTE: If you paid a Tobacco Surcharge in 2021, it will continue to apply. If you did not pay a Tobacco Surcharge in 2021, you will not pay one if you default coverage.

Additional Resources & Information

Open Enrollment Flyer

WeCare Health & Wellness Fair

The Division of Human Resources is reintroducing the annual health & wellness fair. For more details, see flyer below: 

WeCare Health & Wellness Fair Flyer

 WEllness Initiatives

The Division of Human Resources is dedicated to our employee’s overall health and is partnering with local community partners on introducing physical and financial wellness initiatives. 

Financial WEllness

Coming Soon!

Mental WEllness

Below is the calendar of all the sessions for SY 2021-2022. CLICK HERE to register! 

 CLICK HERE to access the sessions from SY 2020-2021

Physical WEllness

 

Our partners at Elite Fitness are providing employees with a chance to try introductory classes on October 30, 2021. The list will be a raffle for 20 employees to attend either a 7:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. class on October 30, 2021. CLICK HERE to submit your name for a chance to win!

 

BeWell Initiatives with SHBP

We have partnered with the State Health Benefit Program (SHBP) Be Well Program to provide employees with information on opportunities to win prizes for using their insurance! State employees and covered spouses enrolled in SHBP coverage (through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield or UnitedHealthcare, non-Medicare Advantage plan options) have access to the Be Well SHBP well-being program at no additional cost!  

 Physical Health Incentive

We have partnered with the State Health Benefit Program (SHBP) Be Well Program to provide employees with information on opportunities to win prizes for using their insurance! State employees and covered spouses enrolled in SHBP coverage (through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield or UnitedHealthcare, non-Medicare Advantage plan options) have access to the Be Well SHBP well-being program at no additional cost!

This is a great benefit that rewards you for engaging in healthy activities.  To get started, just make sure you have registered for an account at BeWellSHBP.com (first-time users, create your account HERE or if you already have an account sign in HERE).   You can then complete the RealAge® Test (an online health assessment) and earn your first 120 well-being incentive points!

Follow the steps listed on the site to earn a total of 480 well-being incentive points total for the 2021 program.  These points can then be redeemed for your choice of reward:  either incentive credits in your insurance account, or earn all 480 points to redeem for a $150 Visa Reward Card.

For more information on the Be Well Program CLICK HERE!

Vaccine Incentive

The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) has added a vaccine incentive as part of the Be Well SHBP® well-being program for eligible* members and covered spouses!   If you have received your vaccines, or if you become fully vaccinated by November 30, 2021, you can earn up to 480 well-being incentive points by completing a few steps.  (Upcoming webinars will review this new incentive; see registration details below). 

How to earn with your COVID-19 vaccines:

  1. Register or log in to the Be Well SHBPprogram 
  2. Complete the RealAge Test if you have not done so in 2021
  3. Select You Immunizations
  4. Click Add New and enter COVIDin the search bar
  5. Select the vaccine you received and enter date (eligible vaccines include one dose of Johnson & Johnson [Janssen], or two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna)
  6. Repeat steps 4 – 5, if you have received a 2nddose

A schedule for our partnerships with local gyms will be shared soon!

WeShare Sick Leave Program

Eligibility

To be eligible for membership in the WeShare Sick Leave Program, an employee:

  • Must be eligible to earn and use personal sick leave in the District.

  • Must enroll as a new member of the sick leave bank during the published enrollment period.

  • Must contribute two days of earned local sick leave.

      • Contributing employees must have five full days of accrued sick leave remaining after contributing the two days of sick leave required for membership. One day is defined based on the work schedule:

            • Full-time employees: One day is 8 hours.

            • Part-time employees: One day is 4 hours, 5 hours, or 5.5 hours based on the work schedule.

          In order to maintain the sick leave bank, additional contributions of accrued sick leave may be required. If additional contributions are necessary, an employee would need to make the minimum contribution in order to continue their membership.

Membership Form

CLICK HERE to access the Membership Form

Process to Withdraw for Medically-Related Purposes

 A member of the sick leave bank may withdraw leave from the bank under the following conditions:

  • Must have catastrophic mental or physical illness or injury which results in the inability to engage in any substantial gainful employment as confirmed by a medical professional, which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 weeks, or result in death. (Note: Only the Division of Human Resources will access medical information)

  • Must have contributed leave to the sick leave bank.

  • Must have exhausted all accrued time.

  • Must not currently receive any benefits from workers’ compensation and/or short-term and/or long-term disability.

  • Must submit a completed application to the Division of Human Resources to request a withdrawal of leave from the bank.

  • Must receive prior approval from the Division of Human Resources for all withdrawals after the review of the member’s application and documentation by the WeCare Time Share Program Committee. All decisions are final and are not subject to appeal and/or grievance.

  • Each employee, upon joining the bank and throughout the duration of membership, agrees to release the WeCare Time Share Program and Committee members, the MCSD, and MCSD Board of Education, and any of its individual employees, agents, or members from any and all liability as a result of actions or decisions taken by the WeCare Time Share Program and Committee members.

 

Process to Withdraw for Bereavement Purposes

Benefits-eligible employees may submit a request from the WeCare Time Share Program for Bereavement purposes under the following conditions:

  • Must have exhausted all accrued time.

Additional Limitations

  • Leave withdrawn from the bank may only be used for the employee’s own personal illness/injury or for bereavement purposes.

  • A member of the sick leave bank may request a maximum of 30 days of leave per fiscal year, subject to the approval by the Division of Human Resources.

Employee Assistance Programs

Employee Resources

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is intended to provide employees with access to deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health, and well-being.  Below are EAP options for all employees for at no cost:

    • Pastoral Institute is the EAP provider for MCSD and offers employees and their family members with individual and group counseling. MCSD has partnered with Pastoral Institute to provide employees with the first five visits per fiscal year at no cost to employees.

    • Mutual of Omaha is currently offering MCSD employees with an EAP option to employees, their spouses or domestic partners, dependent children under the age of 26.

How To Participate in EAP Services: Pastoral Institute

Pastoral Institute is a confidential resource for our employees who need to talk to someone about difficult or complex events in their daily lives. Pastoral Institute offers employees five (5) free visits within a school year for all employees. After the five (5) visits are completed, each employee will be responsible to use his/her insurance or pay for services. To make an appointment with Pastoral Institute, call 706-649-6500 or 1-800-649-6446 and let them know you are a Muscogee County School District employee. You will be connected with licensed and certified counselors located across the United States and gain access to professional support with issues that impact your personal, family, and work life. Take advantage of your benefit for any number of issues, including but not limited to:

  • COVID-19

  • Relationships

  • Child and elder care

  • Stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Alcohol, drug abuse, and other addictions

  • Domestic violence and anger

  • Divorce, remarriage, and step-parenting

  • Bereavement

  • Work issues

How To Participate in EAP Services: Mutual of Omaha

Mutual of Omaha’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) assists employees and their eligible dependents with personal and job-related concerns such as emotional well-being, families and relationships, legal and financial, healthy lifestyles, and work and life transitions. Mutual of Omaha’s EAP provides professional, confidential consultation 24 hours a day.  You will speak directly to an EAP professional to receive immediate support and guidance.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. The MCSD is a beacon of educational excellence where all are known, valued, and inspired.

Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road | Columbus, GA 31906

706-748-2000