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December Benefits Updates and Deadlines

Protect your identity in 2020

In today’s high-tech world, it’s critical to keep a vigilant watch on your personal and financial data. The State of Idaho and Blue Cross of Idaho are helping to assist members with that effort.

Blue Cross of Idaho has partnered with Experian IdentityWorks to offer members enrolled in the State of Idaho’s health plan and their families identity protection services at NO COST to the member.

It’s important to protect what’s most valuable to you, especially your health, family and home. This is an added layer of protection.

Members enrolled in the health plan should visit the Blue Cross of Idaho member portal and look for the Experian logo at the bottom of the homepage once you are logged in.

Haven’t set up your Blue Cross of Idaho member portal account? Have your Member ID handy and visit members.bcidaho.com. In addition to finding the link to enroll in the IdentityWorks services, the member portal also allows you to view plan information, explanation of benefits (EOB) documents, search for network providers and so much more.

Questions? Contact the Office of Group Insurance in person, by telephone or email. Full post on the OGI website at: https://ogi.idaho.gov/protect-your-identity-in-2020/

The Flexible Spending Accounts Grace Period is Ending December 31,2020.

With all the challenges that the COVID pandemic brought, the IRS extended a grace period enrolling or unenrolling, increasing or decreasing your Medical FSA and/or DayCare FSA elections with NO qualifying event until Dec 31, 2020. It has not been determined at this time, whether the IRS will extend this grace period beyond the current deadline. If you would still like to make an adjustment to your FSA contributions please do so before the Dec 31 deadline.

You can review Flexible Spending Accounts and other benefits on the HR website.

If you have any questions, please contact your friendly HR Benefits team at benefits@boisestate.edu.

Review your Benefits and Beneficiaries

As we head into the new year, this is a good time to review your benefits through the Blue Cross member portal members.bcidaho.com and your current beneficiary designations for the Basic Life Insurance and if enrolled, the Voluntary Term Life Insurance Plan.  You may change your beneficiary designation by submitting a completed Beneficiary Form – Basic Life.  To access the form, please click on the Benefit Forms webpage.

To view your beneficiaries through the HR Self-Service Portal:

Through the HR System log in select Main Menu > Self Service > Benefits > Dependents and Beneficiaries > Dependent/Beneficiary Coverage.

You may scan and email the form to benefits@boisestate.edu, or if you would prefer to drop off the form, our HR Office is currently open from 10am – 2pm, Monday through Thursday or by appointment.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provides free counseling for benefit-eligible faculty/staff.  Employees affected by this loss may contact this confidential service to help them through the grieving process for their own physical, mental and emotional health.

This program offers each eligible employee five (5) free counseling visits within a plan year. (7/01/20 – 6/30/21)

To access this benefit, simply call the EAP at (877) 427-2327 and identify yourself as a Boise State University employee. You may also access information online at www.guidanceresources.com by entering the company ID: SOIEAP.

Supplemental Retirement Savings Accounts (SRA)

The IRS Annual Maximum Contribution Limits for the 401(k), 403(b), Roth 403(b) and 457(b) accounts for 2021 will not change.  More information regarding the SRA plans can be found on the HRS  benefits webpages.

  • If you are under age 50, you may contribute a maximum of $19,500.00 in the 2021 calendar year,
  • If you will be age 50 or older in 2021, you may contribute an additional $6,500 for a total maximum of $26,000.00.
    Boise State has 26 pay periods in 2021.

To maximize your savings, you may reach the limits by contributing the following amounts:

  • Under the age 50: To reach the $19,500 maximum contribution limit for the year, you would contribute $750 each pay period
  • Age 50 and older: To reach the $26,000 maximum contribution for the year, you would contribute $1,000 each pay period.

Fall 2020 Tuition Fee Waivers

The last date that Fall 2020 Fee Waivers can be accepted is coming up quick! A late Fee of $50 would still apply. However, you can submit employee or spousal tuition waivers forms through this Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Spring 2021 Tuition Fee Waivers

We are accepting Spring 2021 tuition fee waivers! To avoid the $50 late fee on the employee, spouse or dependant Spring 2021 tuition fee waivers must be submitted by Jan. 11, 2021.