Frequently Asked Questions - AFSCME & SCUPA

When do my benefits take effect?

Your benefits take effect on your first day of employment with the exception of supplemental benefits (dental, hearing, prescription, vision) and State Paid Life Insurance. The Supplemental benefits will apply after a six month waiting period. State Paid Life Insurance will take effect after a three month waiting period.

During the first six months of employment medical coverage is offered to the employee only. If dependents need to be added during the first six months of employment an additional fee will apply.

Once the waiting period is over the dependent buy up will drop and supplemental benefits will be added at no additional cost.

How long do I have to make decisions about my benefits choices?

Legally you have 30 days, however making decisions after your first 7 to 10 days of employment may result in additional deductions on your second paycheck to catch up the deductions owed but not taken from your first pay.

  When will I receive my benefit cards?

 Your medical card(s) will be mailed to your home address within 3-4 weeks of the date you submit your medical insurance enrollment form to the Human Resources office.

  Can I change my retirement plan once I begin employment?

 No, you will not be able to switch between the three types of retirement plans once you begin employment. However, if you choose to participate in the ARP plan you may change between the four vendors at any time.

  What should I do if I have to see a doctor before receiving my medical and supplemental cards?

Ideally all doctor appointments should be scheduled three to four weeks after your date of hire in order to allow time to receive your cards. If you must schedule an appointment prior to receiving your cards please contact the Human Resources Office as far in advance of your appointment as possible.

  As an employee covered under the AFSCME Bargaining Unit will I be required to pay union dues?

Yes, AFSCME will send information to your home address explaining the benefits of joining the union.

Full-fledged members contribute a percentage of their salary towards union dues.

If you choose not to be a full-fledged member you will then be considered a fair share member. Fair Share members pay a percentage but lower than the full-fledged members.

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