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Benefits Overview

The Benefits Department is committed to providing you with the best service possible. Our assistance is available to you on matters including enrollment of health, life, vision, dental, cancer, applications for retirement refunds, FMLA, short term disability, tax deferred annuities and Roth account and the Cafeteria Plan

Health Insurance - Effective the 1st day of employment

Rankin County School District offers the State of Mississippi, State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

Open enrollment is October 1st - October 31st -- effective the first day of following January. Click http://knowyourbenefits.dfa.ms.gov to learn more about your State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan.

Quick access phone numbers for Health Plan 

Take advantage of your Motivating Mississippi - Keys to Living Healthy at http://knowyourbenefits.dfa.ms.gov/motivating-mississippi-keys-to-living-healthy/

Life Insurance - UNUM Life Insurance Company

The state life insurance is through Unum Life Insurance administered by Millette Administrators. If you desire to enroll in this policy as an employee, then you must do so within the first 31 days of your initial hire date with no questions asked. Anytime beyond the first 31 days you must answer medical questions and be approved for coverage. Supplemental Life, and Dependent Life Insurance are also offered through this company. For more information contact Carol Beeland in the Benefits Department at 601-825-5590.

American Fidelity offers both Whole Life and Term Life plans with only three mandatory questions asked for qualification. Visit the American Fidelity website for more information regarding these policies.

Colonial Life offers a Term Life policy to age 100, of up to $100,000 in coverage through LeadersLife.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance will now be offered by Colonial Life. Two different plans  will be offered including both low and high options. The new plans will be effective January 1, 2020. 

Colonial Life low option flyer

Colonial Life high option flyer

Vision Insurance

Vision Insurance is provided by Superior Vision or Colonial Life.

Superior Vision offers a stand alone vision policy. Click the following link to access your coverage or search eye physicians and optical dispensaries: www.superiorvision.com or contact Customer Service at 1-800-507-3800.

Click here for information on Superior Vision benefits (PDF)

Colonial Life offers a vision policy as an add-on to the Colonial Life dental plans.

Click here for information on Colonial Life Vision benefits (PDF)

Cancer Insurance

Bay Bridge Administrators is marketed by Harold Oden & Associates.  For more information on this policy or to get claim forms, you may contact:

Harold Oden                                                   Additional Representatives 
1563 E. County Line Road Ste. 303                  Elaine Dodd
Jackson MS 39211                                                      Kaye Winstead
Phone 601-956-3737

American Fidelity Assurance Company provides Cancer Insurance. Visit the American Fidelity website for more information regarding this policy. 

Long & Short-Term Disability Insurance

Here's how it works. This plan is insurance that pays a steady benefit to help cover expenses while you are unable to work. Long-Term disability income insurance makes it easy to help protect your finances in case of a sudden, covered injury or sickness. To get claim forms, visit www.Americanfidelity.com

For more information  contact:

Barbara Woods-King
101 Lake Court, Ste. A
Jackson MS 39205
Phone 601-540-9876

Hospital Gap

Here's how it works. The Hospital plan pays benefits directly to you and is specially designed to help supplement your traditional insurance plan and cover certain out-of-pocket expenses.

For more information contact:

Barbara Woods-King
101 Lake Court, Ste. A
Jackson MS 39205
Phone 601-540-9876

Section 125 Benefit Election

American Fidelity also administers the Section 125 Benefit Election, better known as the Cafeteria Plan. Pre- taxing premiums and enrolling in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Dependent Day Care (DDC). The Cafeteria Plan allows you to save tax dollars by taking advantage of pre-taxing eligible benefits such as: health, dental, vision, etc. The maximum amount allowed to contribute into this account is $2,700.00 per calendar year. Because your money goes into the account before income tax is withheld, you pay less in tax and have more disposable income. You may allocate up to $5,000.00 per tax year for reimbursement of eligible dependent care services (or $2,500.00 if you are married and file a separate tax return).

Barbara Woods-King
101 Lake Court, Ste. A
Jackson MS 39205
Phone 601-540-9876

Accident Insurance

American Fidelity provides Accident insurance as well. This plan provides 24-hour coverage for accidents that occur both on and off the job and can help offset your medical expenses. There are over 30 plan benefits available, and coverage may also extend to your family. Visit the American Fidelity website for more information regarding this policy.

Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Opportunities

Did you know the average time to pay off student debt is 17 to 20 years? Fortunately, your student loan debt doesn’t have to prevent you from achieving your goals. Your employer is offering services from FutureFuel.io that can help you pay off your student loans and build a brighter future. 

Future Fuel Flyer

Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness Link

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Link

Critical Illness

Here's how it works. If you're diagnosed with a covered critical illness, specified critical illness insurance can help with your expenses, so you can concentrate on what's most important - your treatment, care and recovery.

Colonial Life offers a stand alone critical illness policy.  This plan offers guaranteed issue for up to $30,000, meaning that no health questions will be asked for this policy. Please review the Colonial Life Critical Illness flyer for more information.

American Fidelity offers a critical illness policy as an add on, which is only accessible by enrolling in the American Fidelity cancer policy. 

Contact Barbara Woods-King
101 Lake Court, Ste. A
Jackson MS 39205
Phone 601-540-9876

Statewide Federal Credit Union

Statewide Federal Credit Union has 3,400 Credit Union Service Centers in 47 states now available to Statewide members. Click this link for more information: www.statewidefcu.org.

Statewide Federal Credit Union
295 East Layfair Drive
PO Box 320483
Flowood MS 39232
Phone 601-420-5535

403b VALIC (Tax Sheltered Annuity and Roth After tax Annuity)

Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC) is a Tax Sheltered Annuity. Tax Sheltered Annuities (TSA) make it possible for an employee to defer a portion of their income for taxation after retirement. Click www.valic.com to learn more.

Roth (After tax Annuity)

Roth After Tax Annuity offers a way a way to set aside after-tax money and, after five years, make tax-free withdrawals of principal, interest and earnings if certain conditions are met. Click www.valic.com to learn more.

VALIC Brochure

Larry Taylor, Financial Advisor
113 W. Jackson St, Ste 2A

Ridgeland MS 39157
Lawrence.taylor@valic.com

Phone 601-259-1553

Mississippi Deferred Compensation

The Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan & Trust is offered through the Mississippi Public Employees` Retirement System (PERS).  This is a supplemental retirement savings plan authorized under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code and enacted by the Mississippi State Legislature. Click on the following link to learn more about Mississippi Deferred Compensation Plan & Trust: https://mdcplan.empower-retirement.com/participant/#/articles/aboutYourPlanGovt 

Mississippi Deferred Compensation Brochure (PDF)

LaTaura Wilson, Retirement Plan Counselor
Mississippi Deferred Compensation

111 Capitol Street, Suite 260

Jackson, MS 39201
Cell: 769.610.5753

Client Service: 1.800.846.4551 | Fax: 601.355.0089 | Email: lataura.wilson@empower-retirement.com