What if I?

Select the links below to find answers to common questions. (Go to www.nwadmin.com and log in to view your personalized eligibility and enrollment information.)

General

>   What if I’m thinking of retiring?

Start by reviewing the Retirement Checklist.

Find additional retirement details by group here.

>   What if I want to change my benefits during the year?

Generally, you may make changes in your benefit elections only during annual open enrollment. However, if you experience a qualifying status change mid-year, you may make related benefit changes. Qualifying status changes include but are not limited to the events listed below. Keep in mind, you will be asked to provide documentation.

  • For marriage: Marriage license (front and back with seal).
  • For divorce or legal separation: Divorce or legal separation divorce decree or court documents.
  • For birth, adoption or legal guardianship: Birth certificate, adoption papers, court documents, custody order or guardianship paperwork.
  • For adding a domestic partner (or a partner's dependent children): Affidavit of domestic partnership.
  • For death: Death certificate.
  • For gain or loss of other coverage: HIPAA certification from former plan, documentation from spouse's/domestic partner's employer on company letterhead or spouse's/domestic partner's group insurance with coverage effective date or end date.
  • For full-time or part-time status change: No documentation required.

If you experience a qualifying status change, submit a completed Health and Welfare Benefits Enrollment/Change Form, as well as the appropriate documentation, to District HR/Benefits within 30 days of the status change.

>   Where can I go to get help dealing with a stressful situation or depression?

Many people struggle with balancing all of life’s challenges, and could benefit from some help. That’s why Trust members have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), through Reliant Behavioral Health. The program gives you an opportunity to talk to a trained professional about your concerns.

The EAP can help with:

  • Family issues
  • Emotional stress
  • Physical fatigue
  • Health problems
  • Financial pressures
  • Anxiety

Your Trust benefits cover five in-person, completely confidential counseling sessions per issue or over the phone assistance 24/7 for immediate concerns. Remember: your information and interactions with the EAP are always kept completely confidential – nothing is shared with your employer.

Find out more or speak with someone right away: 866-750-1327.

Note: the EAP is not available to substitutes or retirees.

Vision Benefits

>   Who administers my vision benefits?

It depends on your bargaining group, employee status and the medical plan you’re enrolled in...

PAT*
Employee Status: Medical Plan: Vision Administered by: Contact Information:
Full Time and Part-Time
Option 1
  • Trust Preferred Provider Plan (Regence)
  • Providence Personal Option EPO Plan
Vision Service Plan (VSP) 800-877-7195
www.vsp.com
  • Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Vision Plan 800-813-2000
www.kaiserpermanente.com
Early Retiree
  • Early Retiree Trust Plan 1 (Regence)—CLOSED
  • Early Retiree Trust Plan 2 (Regence)
  • Providence Personal Option EPO Plan
Vision Service Plan (VSP) 800-877-7195
www.vsp.com
  • Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Vision Plan 800-813-2000
www.kaiserpermanente.com
PFSP / DCU / ATU*
Employee Status: Medical Plan: Vision Administered by: Contact Information:
Full Time
and Part-Time
Option 1
 
  • Providence Open Option Plan
  • Providence Personal Option EPO Plan
Vision Service Plan (VSP) 800-877-7195
www.vsp.com
  • Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Vision Plan 800-813-2000
www.kaiserpermanente.com
Early Retiree
  • Providence Open Option Plan
  • Providence Personal Option EPO Plan
Vision Service Plan (VSP) 800-877-7195
www.vsp.com
  • Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Vision Plan 800-813-2000
www.kaiserpermanente.com

*Substitute Teachers and Part-Time Option 2 employees do not receive vision benefits.

>   Do I need to show my vision doctor an ID card when I receive care?

If your vision benefits are administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP): No — you do not need to show an ID card because VSP does not automatically issue ID cards. You may print an ID card online at www.vsp.com.

If your vision benefits are administered by Kaiser: Yes — you can show the medical ID card that was issued to you by Kaiser. That’s because your Kaiser medical plan includes medical, prescription drug and vision benefits.

Not sure who administers your vision benefits? Review the chart above by selecting the Who administers my vision benefits? link.

>   What is covered by my Vision Plan?

For more details about your vision benefits, review your Plan Comparison chart.

>   Who do I contact if I have more questions about my vision coverage?

Contact your vision plan administrator — review the chart above by selecting the Who administers my vision benefits? link to find your plan administrator — you’ll also find telephone numbers and website links.