Employee Benefits Information

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The month of August is the Open Enrollment period for the District’s medical and vision plans.  If you would like to switch your medical coverage from one plan to another, or add eligible dependents to your coverage, August is the time to complete the required forms.

All changes made during open enrollment will become effective October 1, 2016.  Please review the complete renewal information available at the links provided below.


Active Employees & Early Retirement Option Participants

As agreed upon in negotiations, effective October 1, 2016, the employee monthly cost for the Blue Shield PPO/HMO will increase from 40% to 70% of the cost difference between the Blue Shield plans and the Kaiser HMO plan. The employee monthly premium amounts are listed in the link below.

Open Enrollment 2016: Premium Cost-Sharing

Open Enrollment 2016: Medical Plans

Open Enrollment 2016: Vision Plan (active employees only)


Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

The Summary of Benefits and Coverage listed below are provided for comparison purposes.  These summaries are designed to allow an employee to compare plan benefits in a standard format.

Kaiser HMO

Kaiser HMO HSA

Blue Shield HMO

Blue Shield PPO

Blue Shield PPO HSA


Annual Notices

Listed below are annual notices provided for informational purposes.

2016 Annual Notices


Retirees 65+

The Companion Care/Navitus and Kaiser Senior Advantage plans are renewing with no changes to the coverage.

Open Enrollment 2016 Retiree Renewal Premiums

Open Enrollment 2016: Retiree Health Plans


The current Eligibility Period for the Adjunct Medical Benefits Program is March 1 through March 31, 2017 for the benefit period April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017. For information see the following,

Cover Letter

Declaration of Eligibility & Enrollment Request

Premium Payment Voucher

Summary of Medical Plans


Santa Rosa Junior College offers its employees, and their eligible dependents, a comprehensive fringe benefit package that includes health insurance, dental insurance, vision care, life insurance, and long-term disability.  The highlights of the package include:

Medical Insurance
The District offers a choice of five health plans through our membership in Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC):

  • Kaiser Permanente HMO
  • Kaiser Permanente Account Based Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Blue Shield of California HMO
  • Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Blue Shield of California Account Based Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA)

Benefit summaries for all of the health plans listed above are available at the following link (Medical Plans).  A comparison chart of the five health plans is also available.

Employees enrolled in a SISC health plan, have an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) available to them as well.  This plan provides up to 6 sessions per problem situation with a provider, at no cost to the employee.

Dental Insurance
Santa Rosa Junior College offers a self-insured dental plan that includes more than 750 participating dentists.  The annual dental benefit provided each benefit year is $1,700.00.  Claims are administered by:  Arrow Benefits Group, 1 Willowbrook Court, Suite 230, P.O. Box 750758, Petaluma, CA  94975, (707) 544-1801.  Attached are the links to a complete Summary Plan Description and Listing of Participating Dentists.

Vision Care Plan
The District provides a Vision Service Plan (VSP) benefit to employees.  This vision plan provides an annual exam and an allowance to purchase vision products from participating providers.  A summary of the VSP benefits is available for review.

Life Insurance
The District paid basic life insurance benefits are provided by Standard Insurance Company.  The benefit amount is $50,000.00 for the employee and $5,000.00 for eligible dependents.  These benefit amounts are doubled if an accidental death & dismemberment event occurs.  Voluntary supplemental coverage is available at the employee’s expense.

Long-Term Disability
Income protection coverage for employees is provided through Sun Life Financial. Should you become disabled, after a 60-day waiting period, the benefit payable to you is two-thirds of your monthly salary before tax liability. Depending on your employment status, you are entitled to either a one-year benefit or up to the age of 65.

Retirement Plans
Employees are eligible for participation in either the State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) or the Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) based upon the position classification and/or prior membership.  These programs provide a lifetime retirement allowance based upon a retirement system formula which includes five full-time years of service.  Adjunct faculty also have the option of participating in Fidelity Investments or the CalSTRS Cash Balance system which do not require any vesting or years of service.

Holidays 2016-2017
• Independence Day: July 4, 2016
• Labor Day: September 5, 2016
• Veterans Day: November 11, 2016
• Thanksgiving Day: November 24, 2016
• Day after Thanksgiving: November 25, 2016
• Christmas Holiday: December 26, 2016
• Christmas Holiday: December 27, 2016
• Floating Holiday: December 28, 2016
• District Provided Holiday: December 29, 2016

• New Year's Holiday: December 30, 2016
• New Year's Holiday: January 2, 2017
• Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday: January 16, 2017
• Lincoln's Day: February 17, 2017 **
• President's Day: February 20, 2017 **
• Memorial Day: May 29, 2017

** The dates given for Lincoln's Day and President's Day are subject to change based on variations in the college calendar.

Date last updated: June 2, 2016