General Benefits Information/Eligibility

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • The employee must be employed with Fort Mill School District in a permanent and full time basis working 30 or more hours per week.
    • Part time employees may also be eligible based on their position.
    • The employee must complete appropriate election forms with 31 days of the date of employment or status change.

    Enrollment Deadline: 31 days from hire date

    Effective Date: State Insurance

    • Employed on the 1st day of the month –coverage begins on that day.
    • Employed on the 1st working day of the month, coverage may begin the 1st day of that month or the first day of the following month.
    • Employed after the 1st working day of the month, coverage begins the 1st day of the following month.

    Open Enrollment for Dental: October, in odd-numbered years employees can make dental plan changes.

    Spouse/Children (younger than 26): Eligible dependents may be added to coverage with required documentation.

    State Standard Health Plan and Savings Plan – (Important Points)

    • Worldwide access to network hospitals/physicians through the Blue Card Program.

    Making Changes to Insurance Program:

    • Eligible employees may make certain changes to benefits during designated enrollment periods and within 31 days of a family status change or special eligibility (life events) situation.

    Health Insurance Cards: Issued by the vendor within 3 weeks of enrollment.  All insurance cards are in the employee's name. 

    Tobacco User Certification -

    • Enrolling in a health plan will require certification as a tobacco or non-tobacco user. If only you, as the employee, are enrolled and use tobacco, there will be an additional $40 per month surcharge added to the health premium. If dependents are covered (even if only one out of the group uses tobacco), an additional $60 per month surcharge will be added to the health premium.

    Transferring Employee-

    • As an active employee, PEBA Insurance Benefits considers you a transfer if you change employment from one participating group to another with no break in insurance coverage or with a break of employment of no more than 15 calendar days.
    • A transfer is not a new hire for insurance purposes. He must remain enrolled in the same insurance benefits in which he was enrolled at his former employer.

    Separating Employee-

    Employee's benefits will terminate on the first day of the following month of the employee's termination date.  COBRA packets will be mailed within two weeks of the termination date.