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.

Open Enrollment:

Open Enrollment is May 1 through May 31.  This is your chance to make a change to your benefits without a qualifying life event. Eligible employees can also enroll or cancel Wage Continuation coverage.  More information is available on the Open Enrollment site.

1095 Forms: 

Electronic forms are available January 20, 2024 and physical forms will be postmarked January 31, 2024. More information is available on the FAQs .


Independence has chosen Teladoc Health (Teladoc) as our vendor of choice for telemedicine, tele behavioral health, and tele dermatology virtual care services. More information is available on the Teledoc website.

Flexible Spending Accounts:

Open Enrollment is November 1- November 30. Don’t miss your chance to save money! More information is available at Flexible Spending Accounts.

Lyra Health has put together some resources for promoting mental health in the Black community. Click the Lyra health page for information.

Introducing LYRA Healt
We are excited to announce a new partnership with Lyra Health to provide coaching and therapy how, when, and where you need it. Lyra gives you and your dependents access to the best care quickly and easily. No more endless searches for therapists, long wait times, or wondering how you’ll pay for mental health care. Learn more.

Questions about PSERS Pension Eligibility and Wage Continuation Program? Click here.

New Hire Benefits On-Boarding

If you are a new hire or changing positions, review the Benefits On-boarding page for everything you need to know to sign up for benefits. If you are enrolled or will 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.

View the Independence Blue Cross member site for benefits summaries and other important 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.

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 3 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.

Transparency in Coverage:

In compliance with federal mandate, transparency is coverage is listed at:


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