Benefits forMacon County Schools

Benefits Plan Overview

Pre-Tax Benefits

 Flexible Spending Accounts*

  • Medical Reimbursement Maximum $1,500/year

 Cancer Benefits: Colonial Life

 Accident Benefits: Colonial Life

 Medical Bridge Indemnity Benefits: Colonial Life

 Dental Insurance: BlueCross BlueShield

 Vision Insurance: Superior

*You will need to re-sign for the Spending Accounts if you want them to continue next year.


Post-Tax Benefits

 Disability Benefits: Colonial Life

 Critical Care Benefits: Colonial Life

 Life Insurance

  • Term Life Insurance: Colonial Life
  • Whole Life Insurance: Colonial Life
  • Group Term Life Insurance: Aetna

Insurance Products will remain in effect unless you see a representative to change them.

Enrollment Period: November 12, 2018 – December 7, 2018

Effective Dates:

January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Medical FSA, Colonial & Dental)

February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020 (Vision & Group Term Life)




  • You must work 30 hours or more per week.


Important Facts:

  • The plan year for Colonial Insurance products, the Medical Spending Account and BlueCross BlueShield Dental lasts from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The plan year for Aetna Group Term Life and Superior Vision lasts from February 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.


  • Deductions for Colonial Insurance products, the Medical Spending Account, BlueCross BlueShield Dental, Aetna Group Term Life and Superior Vision will begin January 2019.


  • If signing up for any coverage on your spouse and/or children, please have their dates of birth and social security numbers available when meeting with the Benefits Representative.


  • If you will be receiving a new debit card, whether you are a new participant or to replace your expired card, please be aware that it may take up to 30 days following your plan effective date for your card to arrive. Your card will be delivered by mail in a plain white envelope. During this time you may use manual claim forms for eligible expenses, available from your Benefits Representative during the open enrollment period. Please note that your debit card is good through the expiration date printed on the card.


  • Elections made during this enrollment period CANNOT be changed after the enrollment period unless there is a family status change as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. Examples of a family status change are: marriage, divorce, death of a spouse or child, birth or adoption of a child, termination or commencement of a spouse’s employment, or the transition of spouse’s employment from full-time to part-time or vice-versa.


  • Once a family status change has occurred, an employee has 30 days to notify the North Carolina Service Center at 1-888-662-7500 to request a change in elections.


  • Medical Reimbursement expenses must be incurred during the Plan Year in order to be eligible for reimbursement.


  • An employee has 90 days after the plan year ends to submit claims for medical reimbursement expenses that were incurred during the plan year. Please note that if employment terminates during the plan year, that employee’s plan year ends the day employment ends. The employee has 90 days after the termination date to submit claims.


  • The Colonial Cancer plan and the Health Screening Rider on the Colonial Accident and Colonial Medical Bridge plan have a 30-day waiting period for new enrollees. Coverage, therefore, will not begin until January 31, 2019.


  • Additionally, some policies may include a pre-existing condition clause. Please read your policy carefully for full details.


  • Please be aware there are certain coverages that may be subject to federal and state tax when premium is paid by pretax deduction or employee contribution.


  • An employee taking a leave of absence, other than under the Family & Medical Leave Act, may not be eligible to re-enter the Flexible Benefits Program until the next plan year. Please contact your Macon County Schools Benefit Administrator for more information.


To enroll or make changes to your Flexible Benefits Plan, please see the representative while he/she is at your location.