Flexible Benefits Updates

 

No. 72 - May 2, 2016

To:  Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits

 

Flexible Benefits Plan — Average employee savings of over $300 per year!

Benefits Debit Card – Participants now have easier access to funds through a debit card.

$500 Carryover - $500 of unused contributions can be carried over to following plan year

Eligibility – Must match eligibility for health coverage

Deadline for Submitting Claims — Submit claims before November 30

Key Features of the Plan — Designed for savings and speed

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans — Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs

Enrolling for Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2016 —Worksheet makes enrollment easy

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan – COBRA Administration is provided by CSI

Plan Document, SPD, Non-Discrimination Testing and 5500’s – Federal regulations

Employer Contributions to the FSA – Limits on employer contributions to FSAs

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 71 - August 5, 2015

To:  Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits

 

Arcadia's New System Platform:  Attached flyer detailing new platform

New Benefit's Debit Card:  Attached flyer detailing new benefits debit card

Blackout Period:  Claims blackout period will be August 22 through August 31

Deadline for Clains:  November 30, 2015, claims deadline

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

  

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No. 70 - May 1, 2015

To:  Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits

 

Flexible Benefits Plan — Average employee savings of over $300 per year!

Eligibility – Must match eligibility for health coverage

Deadline for Submitting Claims — Submit claims before November 30

Key Features of the Plan — Designed for savings and speed

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans — Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs

Enrolling for Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2015 —Worksheet makes enrollment easy

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan – COBRA Administration is provided by us

Plan Document, SPD, Non-Discrimination Testing and 5500’s – Federal regulations

$500 Carryover - $500 of unused contributions can be carried over to following plan year

Employer Contributions to the FSA – Limits on employer contributions to FSAs

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

  

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No. 69 - August 8, 2014

To:  Participating Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits

 

New $500 Carryover — Can now carryover $500 of unused contributions

Automatic Enrollment if HSA Eligible — protects your HSA status

Deadline for Claims — November 30, 2014

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

  

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No. 68 - May 23, 2014

To: Participating  Boards and Eligible Employees

From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Vice President of Employee Benefits

 

Flexible Benefits Plan — Average employee savings of over $300 per year!

Eligibility – Must match eligibility for health coverage

Deadline for Submitting Claims — Submit claims before November 30

Key Features of the Plan — Designed for savings and speed

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans — Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs

Enrolling for Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2014 —Worksheet makes enrollment easy

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan – COBRA Administration is provided by us

Plan Document, SPD, Non-Discrimination Testing and 5500’s – Federal regulations

Employer Contributions to the FSA – new regulations

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

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 No. 67 - May 24, 2013

To: Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Flexible Benefits Plan — Average employee savings of over $300 per year!

Eligibility – 40% of full time or more are eligible

Deadline for Submitting Claims — Submit claims before November 30

Key Features of the Plan — Designed for savings and speed

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans — Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs

Enrolling for Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2013 —Worksheet makes enrollment easy

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan – COBRA Administration is provided by us

Plan Document, SPD, Non-Discrimination Testing and 5500’s – Federal regulations

Contacting Us for Support — Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 66 - April 15, 2013

To: Boards and Administrators of CSI Member Organizations Not Participating
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Flexible Benefits Plan Recent Update - Amendments to the Section 125 Plan 

Top Seven Items Employers Miss with a Flex Plan - Friendly reminders

Excepted Benefits - When eligibility for your Flex Plan is lower than your Medical Plan

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance

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No. 65 - November 15, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Administrators
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

New Flex Documents - 2012 Plan document, summary plan description and adoption agreement

Flex Plan Updates - Recent amendments made to the Plan

Excepted Benefits - When eligibility for your Flex Plan is lower than your Medical Plan  

Friendly Reminder: Top Six Items Employers Miss with a Flex Plan - Good reminders

Contact CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance 

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No. 64 - May 21, 2012

To: Participating Boards and Eligible Employees
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average savings of over $300 per year! - Read More

Eligibility - 40% of full time or more are eligible - Read More

Contribution Limit is Lower - From $3,000 to $2,500 for the Health Flexible Spending Account - Read More

Elimination of the 2 1/2 Month Grace Period - Due to regulations we have eliminated this feature - Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Submit claims before November 30 - Read More

Pricing Changes - Lower costs to schools! - Read More

Key Features of the Plan - Designed for savings and speed - Read More

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans - Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2012 - The Worksheet makes enrollment easy - Read More

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan - COBRA Administration is provided by CSI - Read More

Plan Document, SPD, Non-Discrimination Testing and 5500s - Federal regulations - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 63 - April 10, 2012

To: Boards and Administrators of CSI Member Organizations Not Participating in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan (Section 125 Plan)
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Introduction - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average savings of over $300 per year! - Read More

Eligibility - 40% of full time or more are eligible - Read More

Contribution Limit is Lower - From $3,000 to $2,500 for the Health Flexible Spending Account - Read More

Elimination of the 2 1/2 Month Grace Period - Due to regulations we have eliminated this feature - Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Submit claims before November 30 - Read More

Pricing Changes - Lower costs to schools! - Read More

Key Features of the Plan - Designed for savings and speed - Read More

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans - Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2012 - The Worksheet makes enrollment easy - Read More

COBRA for the Flexible Benefits Plan - COBRA Administration is provided by CSI - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 62 - April 2011

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Eligibility Change - 40% of full time or more are eligible - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average savings of over $300 per year! - Read More

Over-the-Counter Expense Change - Change in list of eligible expenses - Read More

All Reimbursements by Direct Deposit - Rapid reimbursement with direct deposit - Read More

Features of the Plan - Designed for savings and speed - Read More

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans - Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2011 - The Worksheet makes enrollment easy - Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Submit claims before November 30 - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 61 - April 2010

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average savings of over $300 per year! - Read More

Over-the-Counter Expense Change - Change in list of eligible expenses - Read More

All Reimbursements by Direct Deposit - Rapid reimbursement with direct deposit - Read More

Features of the Plan - Designed for savings and speed - Read More

Using the Health FSA with HSA Plans - Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2010 - The Worksheet makes enrollment easy - Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Submit claims before November 30 - Read More

Contacting CSI for Support - Contact us if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 60 - November 10, 2009

To: Schools and Participants in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Grace Period - Incur claims until November 15 for reimbursement from 2008/2009 funds - Read More

November 30 Deadline for Submitting Claims - Remaining funds will be forfeited - Read More

Claim Forms - Claim forms available online - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 59 - August 27, 2009

To: Schools and Participants in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Grace Period - Incur claims until November 15 for reimbusement from 2008/2009 funds - Read More

November 30 Deadline for Submitting Claims - Remaining funds will be forfeited - Read More

Claim Forms - Claim forms available online - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 58 - May 2009

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average savings of over $500! - Read More

All Reimbursements by Direct Deposit - Rapid reimbursement with direct deposit - Read More

Features of the Plan - Designed for savings and speed - Read More

Using the FSA with HSA Plans - Federal regulations limit the use of FSAs with HSAs - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2009- Use the Worksheet to make enrollment easy - Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Submit claims before November 30 - Read More

Who To Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 57 - March 27, 2009

To: CSI Member Schools
From: Howard Van Mersbergen, Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Reduce Your Health Care Expenses - Every dollar of savings helps your staff - Read More

Schools Save an Average of $2,700 Each Year - Schools save as well as participants - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - CSI's plan is set up specifically for schools and staff - Read More

Features of the Plan - Minimal administration with rapid claim reimbursement - Read More

Health Savings Account (HSA) Contributions - Pretax contributions to an HSA - Read More

Cash in Lieu of Benefits - Plan allows schools to pay cash instead of benefits - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2009- Act Now! - Read More

Who to Contact - Contact CSI if you have questions or need assistance - Read More

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No. 56 - August 29, 2008

To: Schools Participating in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Introduction - Read More

Send Payroll Reports to Arcadia - Read More

Claims Paid from Your Bank Account - Read More

November 30 Deadline for Submitting Claims - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 55 - May 2008

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of over $500 - Read More

All Reimbursements by Direct Deposit - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Using the FSA with the HSA Plans - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2008Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 54 - May 9, 2008

To: Schools and Boards Participating in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Flexible Benefits Plan Changes Effective September 1, 2008 - Read More

No Need to Report Premium Amounts - Read More

Payrol Deductions - Read More

Monthly Administration Fee Change - Read More

Annual Form 5500 Fee Change - Read More

Appeal Process for Denied Claims - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 53 - November 13, 2007

To: Schools and Employees Participating in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

November 30 Deadline for Submitting Claims - Read More

Direct Deposit Speeds Reimbursement - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 52 - May 2007

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of over $476 - Read More

Direct Deposit Speeds Reimbursement - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Orthodontia Change - Read More

Using the FSA with HSA Plans - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2007Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 51 - May 3, 2006

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of over $450 - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Using the FSA with HSA Plans - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2006 Read More

Deadline for Submitting Claims - Read More

CSI Contact Information - Read More

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No. 50 - May 3, 2005

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

New Claims Administrator - Read More

Change in Monthly Fee - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of over $450 - Read More

Using the FSA with HSA Plans - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2005Read More

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No. 49 - November 19, 2004

To: All Participating Member Schools
From: Brian C. Meekhof, CEBS Benefits Administrator

2003/2004 Plan Year Account Balances - Read More

Submit Your Claims by Fax - Read More

Claim Forms - Read More

Contacting CSI or Basic - Read More

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No. 48 - August 4, 2004

To: Participating Schools and Participants
From: Brian C. Meekhof, CEBS Benefits Administrator

CSI Flexible Benefits Plan and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) - Read More

Double-check FSA Enrollment - Read More

Over-the-Counter Drugs - Read More

Check Your Balance Now - Read More

Verify Mailing Address for Claims - Read More

Contact Information for CSI - Read More

 

 

No. 47 - June 9, 2004

To: CSI Member Schools
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Reduce Your Health Care Expenses - Read More

Schools Save an Average of $1,800 Ech Year - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Cash-in-Lieu of Benefits - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2004Read More

 

 

No. 46 - May 17, 2004

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Contact Information for the Plan - Read More

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of $395Read More

Increase in Annual Maximum - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2004Read More

 

 

No. 45 - April 13, 2004

To: Participants and Schools
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Change in Claims Administrators - Read More

New Contact Information for BASIC - Read More

HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices - Read More

 

 

No. 44 - February 17, 2004

To: Participating Member Schools
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Change in Benefit Election Forms - Read More

2002/2003 Plan Year Account Balances - Read More

 

 

 No. 43 - February 17, 2004

To: Participating Member Schools
From: Brian C. Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Change in Benefit Election Forms - Read More

2002/2003 Plan Year Account Balances - Read More

 

 

 No. 41 - September 12, 2003

To: Participants and Schools in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Over-the-Counter Drug Reimbursement Approved by the IRS! - Read More

Effective Date - Read More

Documentation Requirements - Read More

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No. 40 - May 21, 2003

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The CSI Flexible Benefits Plan - Average Savings of Over $350 - Read More

Features of the Plan - Read More

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2003Read More

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No. 39 - November 25, 2002

To: Schools Participating in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan
From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

CSI Flexible Benefits Plan Administrative Manual

Request for Reimbursement Forms and Change in Benefit Election Forms

Web Access

Summary Plan Description

Changes in Benefit Elections

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No. 38 - August 15, 2002

To: Schools Participating in the CSI Flexible Benefits Plan 
From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

New CSI Flexible Benefits Plan

New Remittance Procedures

Administration Manual

 

 

No. 37 - May 10, 2002

To: Schools and Employees Eligible to Participate in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The New CSI Flexible Benefits Plan (Formerly the Rainbow Plan)

New Features of the Plan

Claim Submission after August 31, 2002

Enrolling for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2002

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No. 36 - April 30, 2002

To: Member Schools Not Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Flexible Spending Account Plans (Section 125 Plans)           

The New CSI Flexible Benefits Plan (Formerly the Rainbow Plan)

New Features of the Plan

Enrollment Forms for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2002

No. 35 - April 29, 2002

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

The New CSI Flexible Benefits Plan (Formerly the Rainbow Plan)

New Features of the Plan

Claim Submission after August 31, 2002

Enrollment Forms for the Plan Year Beginning September 1, 2002

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No. 34 - May 16, 2001

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Enrollment

 

 

No. 33 - May 24, 2000

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Enrollment

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No. 32 - April 19, 1999

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Enrollment

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No. 31 - January 21, 1999

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Reduction in Rainbow Plan Fees

IRS Update on Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Election Changes

Submitting Claims by Fax

No. 30 - December 1, 1998

To: CSI Member Schools Not Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Savings from the Flexible Spending Account Plan - $875/school, $275/employee

Reduction in Flexible Spending Account Fees

Cash in Lieu of Benefits

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No. 29 - August 5, 1998

To: Principals/Administrators of Participating Schools

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Flexible Spending Account Plan COBRA Provisions

 

 

No. 28 - July 23, 1998

To: Participating Schools in the CSI Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

1997/1998 Plan Year Account Balances

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No. 27 - April 28, 1998

To: Participating Schools in the CSI Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Re-enrollment

No. 26 - December 9, 1997

To: CSI Member Schools in Pennsylvania

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Pennsylvania State Tax Law Now Allows Pretax Contributions for Sec. 125 Health Plans like the Rainbow Plan

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No. 25 - December 5, 1997

To: CSI Member Schools Not Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Savings from Flexible Spending Account Plan

Cash in Lieu of Benefits

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No. 24 - July 18, 1997

To: Participants in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Balances

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No. 23 - May 15, 1997

To: Participating Schools and Employees in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Deadline for Incurring and Submitting Claims

New Request for Reimbursement Forms

Change in Eligibility for Dependent Day Care Expenses

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No. 22 - April 28, 1997

To: Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Reenrollment

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No. 21 - December 23, 1996

To:  Participants in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Reduction in Monthly Administration Fee

Submission of Claims

Claim Documentation Requirements

 

No. 20 - November 21, 1996

To: CSI Member Schools Not Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Savings from Flexible Spending Account Plan

Cash in Lieu of Benefits

 

No. 19 - September 18, 1996

To: Participants in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Changes to the Rainbow Plan

Cash Compensation in Lieu of Medical Benefits

Clarification of Eligibility and Effective Dates

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No. 18 - September 18, 1996

To:  Schools Participating in the Rainbow Plan

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Changes to the Rainbow Plan

Revised Portions of the Administration Manual

Cash Compensation in Lieu of Medical Benefits

Clarification of Eligibility and Effective Dates

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No. 17 - July 18, 1996

To:  Participating Schools

From: Brian C Meekhof, Benefits Administrator

Rainbow Plan Enrollment Deadline

Changes in Benefit Elections during the Plan Year