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Employee Benefits


Mountain Empire USD offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their eligible dependents.  There is a choice of three medical options, dental and vision coverage, district-paid employee basic life insurance, voluntary employee life insurance, voluntary dependent life insurance and voluntary accidental death and dismemberment coverage.  Mountain Empire USD belongs to the California Schools Voluntary Employee Benefits Association (VEBA).

Since 1993, VEBA has been providing management of Southern California's largest federally-funded trust that specializes in providing health care benefits for education employees.  VEBA was created as a voluntary joint labor-and-management benefits organization and was established through the combined efforts of school superintendents and representatives of both the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA).

The district pays the full cost of two medical plans offered, dental and vision plans for eligible employees.  The district also pays the cost of basic life insurance for eligible employees.

The amount that an employee may be required to pay for coverage may change annually.  These amounts are announced during the Open Enrollment period held in November/December.  Any required employee contribution is made through automatic payroll deduction on a ten-month basis, September through June.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

A flexible spending account, or FSA, is an account eligible employees allocate pre-tax money to throughout the year.  They then use funds in that account to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs.  Employees can use FSA funds to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs.

Check out the FSA Store or the Complete Eligibility List.

If you would like a Flexible Spending Account, you can sign-up during open enrollment.

Are you turning 65?  What are your options?

Here is a timeline if you are planning for retirement at age 65 or if you are working while you are 65. Medicare Timeline

If you have any questions, regarding what options you have for the supplemental medical coverage for you or your spouse, once you obtain Medicare A & B, please email Christina Noland, your benefits coordinator at

Open Enrollment

You are able to change your elections during the Open Enrollment period.  Unless you experience a qualified status change, you will not be able to change your enrollment election until the next Open Enrollment period.
Open enrollment will be November 1-14, 2020.  I will send out email reminders in September and October, be ready.

Vision Plan

Optum Chiropractic & Acupuncture

San Diego & Imperial County Schools Fringe Benefits Consortium (FBC)

Hyatt MetLaw Legal Plan (FBC)

IMPORTANT - Effective Date of Coverage 

An employee’s coverage under the district-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance plans becomes effective as outlined below:

  • Employees hired and having a start date between the 1st and 15th of the month — Benefits will become effective on the first day of the month following the first day of paid service in a monthly salaried position of at least half-time or more. EXAMPLE: An employee starting on Aug. 10 would become eligible for benefits on Sept. 1.
  • Employees hired and starting work after the 15th of the month — Benefits will become effective the first day of the second full month of paid service in a monthly salaried position of at least half-time or more. EXAMPLE: An employee starting on Aug. 26 would become eligible for benefits on Oct. 1.
  • Coverage for Eligible Dependents who are included on an employee's enrollment form becomes effective the same date as the employee's coverage. All enrollment forms must be received in the Employee Benefits Office no later than 31 days from the date the employee becomes eligible. If the forms are not received by the 31st day, employees and their dependents will have to wait until the next Open Enrollment period to apply and benefits will be effective Jan. 1 of the following year.

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