English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish



User login




Mission Statement

Students will graduate prepared and motivated to succeed in their choice of career and higher education and to contribute to the common good. ×

Benefits: Confidential / Management

Benefits Overview


Employee Groups



Welcome to Palm Springs Unified School District! We are pleased to provide a wide range of options to support and help our employees and their eligible dependents stay healthy.

This information is specific to Confidential/Management employees. The following links can be used to navigate through the information.

DentalWho Do You Call?Vision

Management/Confidential Benefits and Costs

For a pdf version of this table:

Managejent/Confidential Benefits and Costs pdf file

Managing your Benefits

The following information is to help you understand how your benefits can help you and know what you need to do to be covered.

Who is Eligible for Employee Benefits?

All Confidential/Management employees, working 51% or more, and their dependents, may participate in Palm Springs Unified School District’s benefits program.

Eligible dependents include:

  • Spouse of employee (Marriage Certificate is required)
  • Domestic Partner (State Registration Certificate is required)
  • Child of an enrolled employee or domestic partner under 26 years of age:
    • Natural child - (Birth Certificate is required for enrollment) 
    • Adopted child - (Final Adoption Papers are required for enrollment)
    • Step child - (Birth Certificate is required for enrollment)
    • Child of an eligible, covered domestic partner - (Birth Certificate is required for enrollment)
    • Unmarried child under legal guardianship - A dependent child under a court ordered legal guardianship of the employee is eligible for coverage, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. Please note: eligibility ends on the date of expiration of the court awarded guardianship or upon the 18th birthday of the child, whichever comes first. (Legal Guardianship Papers are required)
  • Permanently disabled child - A permanently disabled dependent who is married will lose their coverage at age 26; and a permanently disabled dependent who is single will continue to be covered past age 26 until he or she marries or is no longer certified as permanently disabled.

Back to Top image

When You May Enroll

Eligible employees may enroll at the following times:

  • As an eligible new hire
  • When a current employee has an increase in hours making them eligible for benefits
  • Each year during annual open enrollment
  • Within 30 days of a qualifying event

As a new hire, the effective date of coverage is provided to you by the Human Resources Department.

Changes to Enrollment

Each year, there will be an annual open enrollment period where you can make new benefit elections for the following plan year. Once you make your benefit elections, you cannot change plans; however you may add or remove a dependent if you experience a qualifying event. Examples of qualifying events include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Marriage, divorce or annulment
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • A qualified medical child support order
  • Death of a spouse or child
  • A change in your dependent’s eligibility status
  • Loss of coverage from another health plan

Back to Top image

Plan Years

Currently, Certificated employees will have more than one Open Enrollment period. The effective dates/plan years are as follows:

  • Medical: 07/01/2014 to 09/30/2015
  • Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Prudential Voluntary Benefits: 07/01/2014 to 06/30/2015
  • Voluntary Products (Except Prudential): 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2015

Once an employee selects their benefit package, they will remain with the same coverage throughout the plan year (if they continue to be eligible for benefits).

Back to Top image

Employee Benefit Models

Palm Springs Unified School District uses two employee benefits models - a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and a Trust. They both consist of public education agencies that are established for the purpose of purchasing employee benefits, but the JPA is a public entity doing public business while a Trust is a private entity/corporation doing public business. Selecting the JPA and Trust is part of the negotitions proccess with the bargaining units.

California Value Trust (CVT)

This year, the Palm Springs Teachers Association (PSTA) elected California Value Trust  as the administrator for the medical plans, which includes medical, mental health, an employee assistance program and prescription coverage.

Being a member of CVT brings you many different partners in the healthcare industry. As a result, you may see many different products and provider names associated with your benefits, but it’s important to note they are your partner through CVT.

CVT has created a site for our employees to find information about their benefits at  http://www.cvtrust.org/welcome-palm-springs-unified , but make sure you also visit other areas on their website where you can find useful tools and information to maximize the use of your benefits. A good starting place would be www.cvtrust.org/member.

Riverside County Employer/Employee Partnership for Benefits (REEP)

REEP, a JPA, through Keenan Services, continues to administer ancillary plans for all PSUSD employees. Once an employee's enrollment is processed by the Benefits Office, they will have access to BenefitBridge, the employee insurance portal. By registering on their site, employees will have access to specific information about their coverage.

BenefitBridge provides an extensive amount of resources and information to help employees understand their coverage and maximize the use of their benefits, and answer many of the questions using different perspectives and scenarios. They provide tools that help members make decisions and as a new added benefit, Keenan now provides a complimentary new health and wellness interface through Well.Org.

To access employee specific information, employees can register on BenefitBridge:

BenefitBridge Support: is available to help you by calling (800) 814-1862; Mon. – Fri., 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PST.

Back to Top image

Who do you call?

The following information is to assist you in getting the answers you need when you need them. Our hope is that this website will be able to answer many of your general questions, but since we are unable to address every scenario that may arise, we are providing you with the following guidelines. If your situation is not addressed, please call our Benefits Department for futher assistance.  If it is urgent please email your designated Benefits Specialist as it is oftern a more reliable way to communicate, especially if they are away from the office.

CALL PSUSD Benefits Office...
  • You want to know when your coverage will end.
  • You need to change your address and/or phone number.
  • You want to add a new family member, i.e.; spouse, domestic partner, newborn, or other eligible dependent. (Remember you only have 30 days to do this)
  • You need to delete a family member, i.e.; due to divorce, or an overage dependent getting married, or no longer eligible, or death in the family.
  • You need to make beneficiary changes or additions
  • You really don't know who to call about a benefits issue
CALL PSUSD Payroll Office...
  • You have questions regarding your payroll deduction

  • You have eligibility questions about yourself or your dependent regarding medical insurance and prescription coverage
  • You receive a letter from California's Valued Trust and have questions.
  • You need carrier phone numbers, not listed on your insurance card(s).
WHEN ...
  • You have questions on an explanation of benefits (EOB).
  • You want to know how much deductible you have, or have met.
  • You want to know how much towards your maximum you have used.
  • You are billed or balance billed by a provider of service.
  • You need the status of a claim.

Back to Top image

Medical Benefits

California Value Trust (CVT) administers the medical benefits for Certificated and Management/Confidential employees. A variety of medical plans are offered to provide options that meet the diverse needs of active employees and retirees. 

Confidential/Management employees have eleven different plans available:

Plan Comparisons

The following are comparisons between plans. To view as pdf in a new window please click on one of the tables.

CVT HMO Plan Comparison

CVT PPO Plan Comparison

CVT Confidential Management PPO summary with rates

Back to Top image

Medical Plan Information

With the Blue Shield of California Health Maintenance Organization Access+ (HMO) plans, you will be required to select a Primary Care Physician (PCP) within the Blue Shield Access+ HMO network. Your PCP will coordinate all of your medical care and refer you to specialists when needed. You will receive benefits from the doctors, clinics and hospitals that belong to the medical group in which you are enrolled. While this will be the way you will use this plan, there are allowable circumstances that you are able to go outside your medical group:

  • An emergency
  • Away From Home 
    • Coverage for dependents that go to school or have work assignments that require them to work and live out of state for extended periods of time
    • Available in most states but not all. For information please call 1.800.622.9402

You can receive referrals from your PCP or, with the Access+ Specialist feature, you can choose to self-refer to a specialists within your PCP’s medical group for a higher copay. All HMO plan options offer prescription drug benefits through Blue Shield Pharmacy. For information on pharmacies and the formulary, please visit https://blueshieldca.com/bsca/pharmacy..

Summary of Benefits and Coverage:

For more detailed information, the Evidence of Coverage and Disclosure Form booklet describes the terms and conditions of coverage of your Blue Shield health Plan:

The Blue Shield of California Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans allow you to direct your own care. Please visit providers in the Blue Shield of California PPO network and you may self-refer to specialists. If you receive care from a physician who is a member of the PPO network, a greater percentage of the entire cost will be paid by the insurance plan. You may also obtain services using a non-network provider; however, you will be responsible for the difference between the covered amount and the actual charges and you may be responsible for filing claims.

Blue Shield offers a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) PPO Medical Plan: This type of plan is similar to a PPO in that it requires you to meet an annual deductible before your insurance will pay anything. However, HDHP's carry higher deductibles and you need to meet meet the amount before medical and prescription drug benefits are covered. You’ll pay only 20% of the cost after you have met the deductible. The District will continue to contribute $1,200 in the month of July and $1,200 in the month of January for each year. This plan also meets the requirements for a Health Savings Account (HSA). Call the Benefits Department for additional details.

You also have the option to select our Blue Shield PPO Wellness Medical Plan. You’ll gain access to wellness resources and have the opportunity to earn up to $400 in wellness credits which can reimburse you for deductible and coinsurance expenses.


Alere’s Health Management Program:
PPO members and dependents with qualifying chronic conditions are eligible to participate in Alere’s Health Management Program. This program will provide you with the facts you need to know about your condition to help you slow disease progression, lessen the effects, and help you live a healthier life. It’s personal, private and it’s available to you at no additional cost. Start today by calling (877) 864-1327.

Blue Shiels PPO plans includes MDLIVE, a 24/7/365 service where you have access to doctors and pediatricians to help you anytime, anywhere about your medical care. You can register by calling MDLIVE toll free at 888-632-2738 or going on the internet at www.mdlive.com/cvt.. Be prepared to provide your name, the patient’s name (if you are not calling for yourself), the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, your date of birth, and the patient’s phone number.

Services are provided either through online video, where you see a doctor using your computer over the internet, over the telephone or through secure email. You will be required to pay a $5 co-payment for each visit.

The doctor will ask you some questions to help determine your health care needs. Based on the information you provide, the advice will include general health care and pediatric care of you or your dependent’s condition.
When to use MDLIVE:

  • If you are considering the ER or urgent care center for non-emergency medical use.
  • Your primary care doctor is not available.
  • Traveling and in need of medical care.
  • During or after normal business hours, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • To request prescriptions or get refills.

Note: Refer to your MDLIVE I.D. card for the name and contact information.

The copay for PPO members is $5 and $38 for HDHP members.

MDLive overview

Blue Shield PPO Summary of Benefits and Coverage:

Back to Top image

Find a Provider - Blue Shield Plans

Step 1. To find a provider for Blue Shield plans, you would go to www.blueshieldca.com, Find a Provider page you will log in if you are registered or enter your plan information. If you have an HMO select Access+ HMO for the Plan and SubPlan. If  you have a PPO Plan, select Blue Shield of California PPO Network (no subplan is needed).

Step 2. Select the kind of provider that you need. You can select either Doctors or Facilities if you are on a PPO plan (the other items are not part of your Blue Shield Plan). If you have an HMO plan you can select Doctor's, Facilities, and Pharmacies.

You can also use the advanced features to filter your search.

Find a Mental Health Provider

Mental health services for Blue Shield members is provided through MHSA Participating Providers and is available through the Mental Health Services Administrator (MHSA) network. To find an approved caregiver, you will follow the instructions above but you will select Mental Health Caregiver on the doctor type or specialty.

A pop-up window will appear and you will select Search or Visit  the MSHA Network option.

Follow the prompts under "Begin Your Search" and select the BSC MHSA, then click on "Non Medicare Providers" and enter your zip code.

You will be provided with the network caregivers that meet your criteria.

Please note: If you are a PPO Plan member, your coverage is through your Blue Shield Medical Plan and your caregiver/doctor will need to contact HealthComp at (800) 442-7247 for verification.

If you are an HMO member, Blue Shield of California has contracted with an MHSA to underwrite and deliver all Mental Health Services through a unique network of Mental Health Participating Providers. All Non-Emergency Mental Health Services, except for Access+ Specialist visits, must be arranged through the MHSA. Members do not need to arrange for Mental Health Services through their Personal Physician.

Back to Top image

Find a Provider While Traveling

To locate a provider, go to blueshieldca.com/findaprovider and select the Providers Outside of California link under Traveling. This takes you to the BlueCard Doctor and Hospital Finder on the BlueCard Program's website. Or you can call BlueCard Access at (800) 810-BLUE (2583), seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 

BlueCard® Program For Blue Shield Members 

As a Blue Shield member, you have access to coverage through the BlueCard® Program, no matter where you live or travel. Providers in more than 200 countries belong to the BlueCard Worldwide® Network, and 85% of providers in the United States belong to BlueCard's national network. Note that you will need to get prior authorization for certain services, including inpatient surgeries, hospital stays, and outpatient surgeries.

For PPO  plan members

If you're a member of a PPO plan you may use the BlueCard Program for access to covered benefits, except dental and vision care, and prescription drugs.

For Blue Shield HMO members

HMO plan members have coverage for emergency and urgent care services, or authorized medical follow-up care, when they are out of their HMO service area. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

if you are in the U.S., or go immediately to the nearest medical facility, and then get the necessary authorization when it's possible for you to do so.

Back to Top image

Blue Shield PPO Plan Prescriptions

CVT provides a CVS Caremark Card for prescription drug needs for each Subscriber and their eligible dependents enrolled in a CVT PPO Plan.

You can expect to receive your combination medical and pharmacy benefit card from CVT and CVS Caremark in approximately three to four weeks. If you do not receive your card or you need to visit a doctor or pick up a prescription before you receive your card, you or your provider can call CVT's Member Services toll-free at 800-288-9870.

PPO plan members, your card is only in your name, but it may be used for all eligible dependents.

If you ever misplace your card or would like to order additional cards for family members, please call CVT's Member Services.

Click on the image for a pdf file in a new tab or window:

CVT PPO Prescription Drug Coverage - CVS Caremark

Back to Top image

Kaiser Permanente HMO Plans

With the Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans, services must be obtained at a Kaiser facility, except in the case of emergency. Kaiser integrates all elements of healthcare such as physicians, medical centers, pharmacy and administration in one convenient facility. To get started you can view the  Kaiser offers online tools so you can email your doctor’s office, make appointments, refill prescriptions, and more.

Kaiser HMO Wellness Medical Plan: This plan combines traditional health coverage along with resources to help you make healthy changes. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to earn up to $400 in rewards.

Kaiser HMO plans include Chiropractic & Acupuncture Supplemental Coverage through ChiroMetrics. Click on the ChiroMetrics image below for the coverage outline or on this link to go to the CVT ChiroMetrics website: http://cvtchiro.com


Find a provider - Kaiser Permanente

Finding a provider for your Kaiser plan is very simple:

  1. Go to kp.org/newmember
  2. Click on “Choose a Doctor,”
    1. Browse doctor profiles, see what languages they speak, their education and what their interests are.

From the kp.org/newmember you are also able to register on the website. This will allow you to securely email your doctor’s office, refill most prescriptions, schedule routine appointments, and lots more.

Back to Top image

Dental Benefits

The Dental plans are managed by REEP. 

There are three options for dental plans. When there is an employee contribution, the amount is deducted from the paycheck with pre-tax dollars. This means that contributions are taken from  earnings before taxes – resulting in lower taxes and increased take home pay.

Dental Matrix

MetLife Dental

MetLife Dental HMO Plan

With the Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO) plan through MetLife, you are required to select a general dentist to provide your dental care. You will contact your general dentist for all of your dental needs, such as routine check-ups and emergency situations. If specialty care is needed, your general dentist will provide the necessary referral.

For covered procedures, you'll pay the pre-set copay or coinsurance fee described in your DHMO plan booklet:

MetLife DHMO Schedule of Benefits

Please keep a copy of your booklet to refer to when utilizing your dental care. This will show the applicable copays that apply to all of the dental services that are covered under this plan.

MetLife Dental PPO Plan

This plan provides comprehensive coverage for preventive, basic, and major services. It offers you the opportunity to receive services from a network of dentists with whom MetLife has negotiated reduced-fee schedules. However, outof-network benefits are also available and provide you with the option to see any dentist, and reimbursement is based on reasonable and customary limits.

The plan covers eligible preventive, basic, and major services, after applicable coinsurance, at a percentage of costs, up to $2,000 annually for in-network services or $2,000 annually for out-of network services. This plan also includes a lifetime maximum of $1,500 for orthodontia coverage.

MetLife PPO Plan Benefits

For more information and to create an online MetLife Dental account, you can go to their website by clicking here: MyBenefits

If you have the MetLife Dental HMO plan, the company name is Palm Springs USD (Dental HMO) 

If you have the MetLife PPO Dental plan, the company name is REEP (PPO Dental) Riverside County Employer-Employee Plan

Once you enroll, MyBenefits is there to help you manage your dental plan. It's your secure member website. You can review your plan information, check your claim history, download a claim form and more.

Delta Dental PPO Incentive Plan

Your dental benefit incentive plan is designed to encourage regular visits to the dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Here is an example of how an incentive plan works:

  • The first year of your plan, most services are covered at 70 percent.
  • The second year, your coverage increases to 80 percent, as long as you have visited the dentist once in the first year.
  • The third year, your coverage increases to 90 percent, as long as you visited the dentist again in the second year.
  • You receive your maximum benefit level in the fourth year — 100 percent — as long as you have visited the dentist in the third year.
  • If you skip a year, you will revert to the previous year's amount - so if you miss the third year, you will revert to 80 percent coverage during the fourth year.

To control costs, you will benefit from using dentists within the Delta Dental Network.. However, you may also obtain services using a non-network dentist- just remember that you will be responsible for the difference between the covered amount and the actual charges and you may be responsible for filing claims.

Back to Top image

Vision Benefits

PSUSD provides vision insurance through VSP for all eligible employees and their eligible benefits when they are covered under a medical plan. There is no additional cost for the employee and an application is not necessary. 

The VSP Vision plans provide professional vision care and high quality lenses and frames through a broad network of optical specialists. You will receive richer benefits if you utilize a network provider. However, you can use a non-network provider, but you will be responsible to pay all charges at the time of your appointment and will be required to file an itemized claim with VSP Vision.

You can get additional information once you are enrolled by registering on BenefitBridge, our insurance portal for Certificated employee's vision, dental, life insurance, AD&D coverage, and Legal Plan.

Back to Top image

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through ValueOptions provides employees and their family members with free, confidential assistance to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with family or work responsibilities and obligations.
Services include:

  • Counseling Sessions: Employees and their family members can receive up to 6 counseling sessions per person, per year (maximum of 2 episodes/courses of treatment)
  • Telephone Referrals: Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free nationwide number
  • Work/Life Services: Specialists refer employees to options and provide support, guidance, and informational materials to empower them to make informed choices about child care, elder care and assistance with other daily life issues
  • Legal-Financial Solutions: Referral services, a free 30 minute legal consultation (either face-to-face or telephonic) and a 25% discount if further services are needed
  • Achieve Solutions Website Access: A dynamic online resource with information, tools and other resources on more than 200 topics, including depression, stress, anxiety, alcohol, marriage, grief and loss, child/elder care and work/life balance

Accessing the EAP:
To access EAP benefits, go to www.achievesolutions.net/cvt or you may call (877) 397-1032 to be immediately connected to an EAP counselor.

Back to Top image

Wellness Programs

Each medical plan includes a wellness component that promotes the mental and physical wellbeing of the employees. To complement those programs, PSUSD offers a Fit for Life program, providing access to services including

  • Flu Shots – free of charge at local CVS pharmacy

  • Health screenings hosted at annual health fair: total cholesterol & high density lipids (TC/HDL), blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and glucose.

  • “Lighten Up” is our staff weight loss competition held in the fall and spring each year. The three-month program consists of teams of two, three or four working together to lose those unwanted pounds. Prizes for the winners each month and cash prizes at the end of each competition for winning individual and teams. Fall session will launch at Eat Smart, Play Hard Festival in October. Our staff members have lost nearly 5,000 pounds over the past five years.

  • Health and wellness seminars on various topics are held during the year. Watch for email information.

  • Desert Regional Hospital will be providing free flu shots in the fall for all interested staff members. The immunizations will be provided at our Eat Smart Play Hard Festival in October.

  • Our annual Eat Smart, Play Hard Festival is a staff health and fitness fair featuring more than 25 local medical providers including free health screenings, dental providers, chiropractic care, fitness facilities and non-profit health and wellness organizations as well as food samples, competitions and entertainment. The Festival is held in October each year at one of our middle schools.

Back to Top image

Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Palm Springs Unified School District provides a $150,000 basic term life insurance and a $2,000 accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) policy to Confidential/Management employees as part of their health insurance package at no cost.

Voluntary Life Insurance

PSUSD's Prudential Voluntary Term Life Insurance Plan offers you the option to purchase additional life insurance to supplement the basic term life insurance provided by the District. The cost is deducted on an after-tax basis from your pay and you can add coverage for your dependents if eligible.

Clicking on the image will open a pdf file in a new tab or window:

This information offers a high level overview of the Voluntary Group Term Life Insurance, it is not a contract. To see the schedule of benefits click below:

Prudential Term Life

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

As an employee of Palm Springs Unified School District, you are eligible to receive $2,000 of AD&D coverage. You are also eligible to enroll for additional amounts of Voluntary AD&D coverage at competitive rates for you and qualified family members.

At age 70, the employee's benefit amount will reduce to 50%. Qualified dependent benefits will reduce proportionately, independent of age when the employee reaches age 70.

To receive your $2,000 of Voluntary AD&D coverage you must complete the employee and beneficiary information form.

The following has detailed information:

Back to Top image

Voluntary Plans To Protect Your Financial Wellbeing

In addition to benefits provided by the district for eligible employees, there is an opportunity to purchase other coverage at a discounted group rate with the convenience of payroll deduction.

Hyatt Legal Plan

Opportunity to purchase a legal services plan through Hyatt Legal Plans at discounted group rates. Participants and their eligible dependents are entitled to receive certain personal legal services in a variety of areas

    Back to Top image

    Long Term Care

    Benefits to help pay for care in case of a chronic illness or not able to perform two or more activities of daily living without substantial assistance from another individual, or require substantial supervision by another individual due to severe cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer's disease or a mental illness).

    Back to Top image

    American Fidelity Plans

    Using a discounted group rate, America Fidelity, manages several voluntary benefits, including:

    • Permanent Life
    • Accident Only Insurance
    • Cancer Insurance

    In addition, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is available to create a medical expense reimbursement account or a Dependent daycare reimbursement account. The amount deducted by payroll would be pre-tax dollars, the taxable income is reduced and the take home pay is increased. Who couldn't use a little more money? That's what you'll receive when you take advantage of a flexible spending account (FSA).
    An FSA allows you to set aside a portion of your salary, before taxes, to pay for qualified medical or dependent care expenses. Because that portion of your income is not taxed, you end up with more money in your pocket.

    Back to Top image

    This website provides an overview of some of the benefit plan choices. It is for informational purposes only. It is not a legal plan document. If there is a disagreement between this website and the plan documents, the plan documents will govern. In addition, the plans described in this brochure are subject to change without notice. Continuation of any benefit plan or coverage is at the organization's discretion and in accordance with federal and state laws. If you need additional information or have any questions about the benefit program, please contact the Benefits and Risk Management Department.