EBEA Anonymous Health and Safety Form

One of the EBEA’s most important jobs as school begins is to facilitate the improvement and remediation of anything that feels unsafe for our members. This may include being asked to enter a space that feels unsafe, seeing some aspect of your classroom set up that doesn’t meet safety protocols, seeing others failing to follow protocols, or anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable. The EBEA will follow up with administration about these anonymous concerns, and it will also help us to see any patterns that may call for a more systemic response.

Please click here to fill out the form.

Thank you!

EBEA Survey and Member Forum

Hello Everyone,


In addition to meeting the normal and very abnormal challenges of wrapping this year up, the EBEA is focused on getting a seat at the table as decisions are made regarding next year so that the insight of our members is reflected in any plan that is put forward. To do this, the EBEA needs to understand how our membership feels about both what we have been through to this point and what we may be walking into in the fall.


The EBEA has created a two-part plan to begin moving towards understanding. No one can be blamed for being tired at this point in the year, but without your voice, our association will not be able to do the best job it can for our members and our students, so please participate if at all possible! The first step is to fill out this anonymous surveyThis survey was designed with all units in mind, so if you are seeing this email, hopefully the survey will work for you. It should only take a few minutes and will give the EBEA so much valuable data!


The second step is to attend an online all-EBEA member forum this Thursday from 4-5 pm. Sorry for the short notice on this- everything is happening fast, but if you can make it, please do! This forum will provide a chance for us to come to a shared understanding of which issues are most on our minds. The information from this discussion will be used in conjunction with the data from the survey to give us an even better understanding of our membership’s feelings during this time. It will also be a great opportunity to say hello to each other! 


Here is the information for logging on to the forum:  

Topic: EBEA Listening Session

Time: Jun 11, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Thank you!

The EBEA

Email from EB Town Treasurer re: Insurance

Good morning,

As you may know the Employee Insurance Advisory Committee (IAC) has been meeting for several months now to consider ways to improve our employee benefits plans.

At the present time, we are members of the Mass. Group Insurance Commission (GIC).  While the IAC may recommend changes to our GIC membership in the future, for now the law requires that we remain in the GIC until June  30, 2021.

Accordingly, the IAC and the Town Management would like to ensure that all employees have an opportunity to make the choice of a health insurance plan that best suits their and their family’s needs.

Recently you received an e-mail regarding Open Enrollment which ends on June 1.  Attached to this were plan design options, premium rates, and an informational PowerPoint prepared by our consultants. We hope you have thoroughly reviewed those materials and assume you may have further questions concerning which plan to enroll in..

Under ordinary circumstances we would hold an employee health fair, and in fact were hoping to greatly broaden the scope of that event this year.

However, the Corona-19 pandemic will not allow public gatherings so we have opted for an different option that we think will serve the needs of all East Bridgewater employees.  As an alternative to the Health Fair, we are going to make experts available to you, via an open telephone conference call to answer questions you may have regarding your health insurance options.

On Tuesday May 12, from 10:00-12:00, you have the option to call in and ask your questions anonymously and if you choose, remain on the call to hear other questions/concerns your peers may have.

The experts are Michael Berry of the GIC , Ken Lombardi, one of our consultants, NFP and Megan Crosby and Melissa Morrissey of the Treasurer/Collectors office.

Please use this call in number:

646-664-4400

Conf ID: 98423 and hit #

Password: #

I have attached the open enrollment forms and the power point presentation previously mentioned.  Please take a moment to review these and remember, the deadline for all open enrollment changes is Monday, June 1st.

Please stay safe and well during these difficult times.

Regards,

Melissa A Morrissey, C.M.M.T.

Treasurer/Collector

Town of East Bridgewater

508-378-1600 X1020 (W)

508-378-4803 (F)

Links

If you’re looking for the powerpoint, please see the 5/1 Email from Deb Seele!

Organizing an EBEA Donation to EB Food Banks

After reading the administration’s letter that mentioned the increase in the number of lunches our families are seeking from the district, some members of the EBEA wanted to do our part to help address this need. As a result, the EBEA plans to collect monetary donations from membership to support the EB Food Pantry at the Union Congregational Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. John’s, both of which recently expressed the need for monetary donations. 

We recognize that our membership is in many different financial situations right now. Please know that all of your support of our students- social, emotional, educational, and monetary (if possible)- is greatly appreciated. If you are able to contribute, please Venmo to @EBEA2020 or mail/drop off a check to the EBEA Treasurer Bill Silva (see below for his address). We hope to send a donation to the food pantry by next Tuesday, 4/28.

Mail/Drop Off Checks to:

Bill Silva c/o EBEA
9 Waverly Park Ave.
Brockton, MA 02302

Stay healthy!

The EBEA

Important Health Insurance Information, Spring 2020

Dear Fellow EBEA Members:

April 8, 2020

Dear Fellow EBEA Members:

As the EBEA rep to the town’s Insurance Advisory Committee, I am writing to let you know that the insurance rates for fiscal year 2021 are now available, and the window to enroll in or change insurance plans offered by the town is June 1, 2020.

All documents about health insurance benefits are available at the Town Treasurer’s website – the last link on the left side of the screen “IAC-Insurance Advisory Committee”.  There you will find rate sheets, a powerpoint presentation and overview from the GIC about how to choose a plan that is best for you.

At the Insurance Advisory Committee meeting on April 8, 2020 several points were made:

  1. The same plans and benefits will be offered as last year through the GIC.
  2. Rates will increase on all plans by an average of 4.74%.  See the Powerpoint for increases by plan. Rate increases go into effect July 1.
  3. June 1 is the deadline if  you wish to enroll in a plan for the first time or if you wish to change plans.
  4. If you do not wish to change plans, you do not need to do anything. 

If you are comparing plans the committee advises you to take the following steps:

  1. Review cost versus benefit summaries in the slides 9,10,11 of the powerpoint.
  2. Consider the size of networks available under the plans.  Plans with larger networks have higher costs.
  3. Consider how much independence you want in choosing providers. Many referrals are easier to get and the rates are lower. 
  4. Call your health care providers to see if they are covered under the plan.  
  5. Use the full name of the plan such as “the GIC’s Tufts Spirit” or “the GIC Tufts Navigator” plan.  Do not simply ask providers if they accept “Tufts.” See Powerpoint slide 24.

The town is planning to hold some telephone question and answer sessions in case you have specific questions.  You will be asked to email specific questions, which will be answered anonymously during a telephone meeting. Information about the e-mail address to use, as well as the time and date for telephone conferences, will be made available to you through email and through the treasurer’s website. 

Best,

Deborah Seele