Welcome to the Office of Benefits. It is our goal to provide employees with comprehensive benefits service with integrity, responsiveness, and sensitivity. We are fortunate to be able to offer an excellent suite of benefits to our employees, including medical benefits, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). We’re here to answer your questions, from how to get started to when to make changes and who to contact along the way.

As a reminder, the Philly HopeLine is available M-F from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. to provide counseling services for students, parents and guardians who may need additional support during these difficult times. Phone or text 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673).

Student Climate Staff scheduled five or more hours a day are eligible forKeystone medical coverage effective September 1, 2020.

Visit the Student Climate Special Enrollment page for more details and instructions.

If you are enrolled or willing be enrolling in a Keystone medical plan, you must select a primary care provider(PCP) with Independence Blue Cross. View the instructions Keystone How to Find a Primary Care Provider for more information.

Premium Assistance

If you are electing an HOP Medicare plan, contact the Health Options Program (HOP) at 1-800-773-7725.  Retirees enrolling in District sponsored Keystone or Personal Choice or 32BJ Keystone POS coverage and also meeting PSERS Premium Assistance eligibility guidelines may be eligible for Premium Assistance. If you open an account on PSERS Member Self-Service (MSS) Portal, and elect PAPERLESS DELIVERY, your Premium Assistance election form will be sent to your account on the PORTAL and you will receive an email from PSERS stating there is a document for you to view or print. If you opt out of the PAPERLESS DELIVERY, you will receive a 2-side original Application via the USPS mail.

You should should sign and date Section D, Member Certification.  Employee Benefits staff will complete Sections B and C,  Plan Information and Employer Information once enrollment and payment are confirmed with Discovery Benefits.

Due to the pandemic, our office is closed to walk in customer service to ensure everyone’s safety. Forms can be emailed to benefits@philasd.org.

COVID-19 Testing and your SDP insurance

If you have Keystone HMO pr Personal Choice PPO through the SDP, our plans cover testing for active COVID-19 (RT-PCR) at no cost. The plan will cover and reimburse member cost-sharing (such as co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance) for the COVID-19 test and the administration of the test when performed at an in-network physician’s office, urgent care center, by a home health agency, or an emergency room. The plan will cover COVID-19 antibody testing with no member cost-share in accordance with federal guidelines and company medical policy for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Note most sites will not provide a test without being pre-screened and without presenting a physician order.

This is a list of Participating COVID-19 testing locations. The most current information on our plan policies is available on IBC site at ibx.com/htdocs/custom/covid19/index.html 

For the latest information, and valuable resources to help you and your family stay safe and healthy, visit the District’s Coronavirus Information Hub and our Essentials for Today Page.

Looking for Emotional Support? Independence Blue Cross is now offering Tele-Behavioral Health and other On-Line resources. If you are enrolled in a School District of Philadelphia’s medical plan, you now have access to these services.  Click here for more information about COVID-19 and Independence Blue Cross.

For all the latest Independence Blue Cross news, visit IBX directly.

Tele-Medicine, MD Live, is available to all employees enrolled in a School District of Philadelphia medical plan. Consult a doctor from the comfort of your home with MD Live.  Click here for more information on getting started.

Guidance Resources is available if you need help.  Click here for more information. Virtual Counseling sessions are also available to you at no cost from Guidance Resources.

If your children need health insurance, either because they never had it or because your benefits have changed during the COVID crisis, our partners at PCCY can help you apply. Visit PCCY for more information.

Important Flexible Spending Account Update:

Due to COVID-19, employees can change their Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account elections for 2020. Employees can also change parking and transit elections during the year. More infomation is available here.


Form 1095 is now available online!

Form 1095 contains information about you and your dependents* eligibility for School District sponsored healthcare coverage. The Form 1095 does not need to be filed with your tax return; please keep for your records.

COBRA members and Retirees enrolled in School District medical coverage can also access their Form 1095 online.

*Employees represented by District 1201/32BJ will receive a second form from their national union that indicates coverage for any dependents.

For residents of NJ who have adult children covered on their health plan, please provide your child with a copy of the Form 1095 if they file their own NJ state tax return.

Please follow the below instructions to access your Form 1095 online.

Click www.healthefxforms.us/sdp
Click the “Register as a new user” link underneath the log in button,
Fill out the required information on the “Create A New Account” page,
Click “Create A New Account

You will receive a confirmation email to activate your user account.

You must submit your registration and wait for the confirmation. Both steps need to be completed within 24 hours and from the same computer.

Once you have created and confirmed a user account you will be given the option to receive this form via electronic delivery. If you choose to receive this form online, you will not receive a copy mailed to your home.

Wage Continuation:
All employees who have enrolled in Wage Continuation coverage should check their Wage Continuation information through the Payroll Application system.  Ten month based employees do not have Wage Continuation payroll deductions for July and non-contractual work days in August. Ten month based employees will see the first deduction on the September 6 pay.

How do I check my leave balance?

You can view your leave balance through the Employee Payroll Information application or by checking your paycheck. Your School District of Philadelphia email name and password are used for access. If you do not know the name and password, call the Technology Help Desk at (215) 400-5555 for assistance. Please note that the balances shown are all subject to a post separation audit. Your paycheck references this.

From the School District of Philadelphia main website (http://www.philasd.org) go to the Employee Portal. In the Employee section, enter your email name and password.  Your email user name should exclude the “@philasd.org” designation.

Launch the “Payroll Information” application. Enter the last four digits of your social security number when prompted.  You can then select Leave Balances tab.

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