AFSCME Local 348 sponsors self-pay vision insurance and dental insurance plans that are open for all Portage County and City of Stevens Point AFSCME employees in union-represented positions.
The employee pays all premiums associated with the plan. County employees may have both dental and vision premiums deducted from their paychecks. City employees may have dental premiums deducted from their paychecks and auto-withdrawal from checking or savings for vision premiums.
A new employee’s initial eligibility period to apply for insurance begins on the employee’s date of hire or receipt of this notice of eligibility and runs for 31 days. (For example, an employee hired on October 15 would be eligible to apply for dental insurance from October 15 to November 15. An employee hired on November 1 would need to apply for dental insurance by December 1.) If you choose not to apply for the insurance during the initial eligibility period, you may choose to apply during the annual open enrollment period held in March of each year. Employees with qualifying events (marriage, new dependent, divorce, loss of coverage) may enroll within 30 days of the occurrence of the qualifying event.
Employees who enroll in the insurance programs are responsible to notify the President of AFSCME Local 348 (currently Collene Ottum) IN WRITING should they decide to terminate the program. If an employee enrolled in the program goes on a leave without pay or does not work enough hours to cover the premium cost, Local 348 will adjust the deduction accordingly to recover premium amounts paid in for the employee. Should the employee terminate insurance or employment while still owing premiums, Local 348 will seek to recover those amounts from the employee.
Per payroll dental premium amounts from July 2015 to June 2016 are: Employee $20.38; Employee and spouse $41.53; Employee and children $48.85; Family $79.41.
Per payroll vision premium amounts from July 2015 to June 2016 are: Employee $3.51; Employee and spouse $7.02; Employee and children $7.17; Family $10.68.
For more information on the dental and vision plans, or for an application form, please contact Collene Ottum, 715 340 0609 (after 5 PM or on weekends). If leaving a message, please include your name, what information you want, which department you work in, and a phone number where you can be reached.