New in 2019

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    • Minor medical plan changes in 2019
    • Annual enrollment period for 2019 Benefits is November 1 through November 15, 2018

    The good news for this coming year is that there are no major changes to your health care, life insurance, disability, and most of the other HISD benefit programs. And, we are introducing new programs and services designed to encourage all district employees and their families to live happier, healthier lives. However, the dental plan costs are going up 7% for each plan option (DHMO and PPO).

    New pharmacy programs
    Our prescription plan is always free if you are enrolled in a HISD medical plan, and generic drugs for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and some women’s contraceptives are free as well with certain conditions. Find out more at FAQ/prescription-drug-program and

    Employee assistance program
    Always free to all employees, our EAP program is currently “under construction.” We will communicate information about the program as soon as it becomes available.

    New Cigna wellness website
    Coming soon! A new Cigna Wellness website with programs where you can earn points, prizes, and incentives as you improve your health.

    QCD discount dental program
    The QCD Discount Dental Program has a new website with additional benefits. See www.qcdofamerica/hisd for complete details.

    Preventative care and screenings
    Preventive care is a smart and affordable way to stay healthy, discover any serious health conditions early, and limit financial risks associated with these conditions. See the new chart on page XX for general preventive care and screening guidelines and immunization recommendations for adults.

    Dental premiums going up
    The premiums for our DHMO and DPPO plans are increasing by seven percent due to higher claims costs.

    Cigna Telehealth Connection
    Your 24/7 on-demand access to medical help for registered HISD employees and their dependents is going up slightly. Amwell is now $49 annually, and MD Live is $45 annually.

    Cigna healthcare debit card
    All employees who enroll in a HISD medical plan will receive a Cigna healthcare debit card. Only employees who are enrolled in a Health Care FSA and/or have remaining funds from their Healthfund (money that HISD used to provide) can utilize the card.

    Toss those paper ID cards!
    Register at for instant access to your medical, dental, FSA and HRA benefits and electronic ID cards. For smart phone access, you can download the Cigna and my Cigna apps from the App Store and Google Play. Your medical provider can simply scan your phone when you arrive at their office.

    Working couples
    If you and your spouse both work for HISD, each of you may have coverage but only one of you can cover your qualified dependents. In addition, only one employee can enroll in life insurance on their spouse.

    Elegible dependents coverage
    Every year it is important to review your eligible dependents, as they are the only dependents who can be covered under your plans. It is your responsibility to remove ineligible dependents from all your voluntary insurance plans (dental, life, accident, hospital indemnity, critical illness, cancer, etc.). If you have a dependent who no longer qualifies as an eligible dependent, you must notify the Benefits Services Center at 1-877-780-4473 immediately. If you fail to do so, we will make an adjustment to remove the dependent when we discover the ineligible dependent while auditing our plans, and there will be no refund of premiums paid for ineligible dependents.

    Free life insurance continues
    HISD provides $10,000 each of Life and AD&D coverage at no cost to all employees who are eligible for benefits. You also may purchase supplemental life and a matching AD&D benefit for yourself, your spouse, and your dependent children.

    Already enrolled and making no changes?
    No need to do anything! However, if you participate in an FSA plan, you must re-enroll every year.