Changes Due to COVID-19

  • As the COVID-19 legislation is rapidly changing to meet the needs of employees, the corresponding IRS rules regarding benefits and Section 125 cafeteria plans are evolving. All updates and changes to the Olathe Public Schools benefits plans will be posted here.

BCBS Medical Plans

  • All virtual visits are covered by BCBS at 100% regardless of the reason for the visit through October 23, 2020.

     

    Effective April 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) is waiving all member cost sharing for testing due to the diagnosis of COVID-19. Members can also connect with in-network providers for virtual, telephone, email or text visits for medical services or behavioral health therapy at no cost through the Blue KC App.

     

    For more information on how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is adjusting to help members during the COVID-19 pandemic, go to https://www.bluekc.com/consumer/covid-19.html.

Health Savings Accounts

  • The recent CARES Act expanded allowable medical expenses to include the purchase of over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a prescription from a physician. This rule also incudes reimbursement for menstrual products. The CARES Act reverses the previous restriction imposed by the Affordable Care Act. Members can use Health Savings Accounts, Medical Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Reimbursement Accounts for this purpose effective 4/15/2020.

     

    For more information on the COVID-19 changes and list of eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses, go to https://more.umb.com/coronavirus/#covid-hsa.

Medical Flexible Spending Accounts

  • The recent CARES Act expanded allowable medical expenses to include the purchase of over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a prescription from a physician. This rule also incudes reimbursement for mensrual products. The CARES Act reverses the previous restriction imposed by the Affordable Care Act. Members can use Health Savings Accounts, Medical Flexible Spending Accounts, and Health Reimbursement Accounts for this purpose effective 4/15/2020.

     

    For more information on the COVID-19 changes, go to https://americanfidelity.com/footer/notices/ and click on Reimbursement Accounts.

    For a list of medical, dental, and vision expenses, go to https://americanfidelity.com/claims/fsa-hsa-eligibility-list/.

Dependent Day Care Accounts

  • Due to COVID-19 and day care closings, American Fidelity is allowing dependent daycare elections to be decreased or cancelled. 

    • If you would like to cancel, select drop dependent day care and write COVID-19 as the reason. 
    • If you would like to reduce your annual contribution, write the corrected annual amount on the dependent day care line and write COVID-19 as the reason.

    Return all forms to Lisa Roberts at ljroberts@olatheschools.org.

     

    For more information on Dependent Care Account changes, go to https://americanfidelity.com/footer/notices/ and click on Reimbursement Accounts.

Dependent Day Care Form

403(b) and 457(b) Accounts

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is afffecting more than just medical benefits. Legislative changes impacting 403(b) and 457(b) withdrawls, loans, and associated penalties. COVID-19 related withdraw forms, repayment forms and repayment suspension forms are located on OMNI's website.

     

    For more information on COVID-19 related disbursements for 403(b) and 457(b) accounts, go to https://www.omni403b.com/Important

403(b) & 457(b) Changes

Olathe Public Schools COVID-19 Updates

  • The district is collaborating with public health officials around this issue to ensure that current practices are appropriate. For more information regarding the Olathe Public Schools and COVID-19 updates, go to the Coronavirus Updates Page