HCPSS MPIA Request #2021-001

Amy Grutzik
Requested Information
Please supply all healthcare actuarial reports from 2017 to current to include pricing of employer and employee contributions.

In addition, please supply any healthcare plan design and cost benchmarking reports or studies that was supplied to the school system from the past 5 years.

I would also like to have an explanation of the Benefit Credits program ( how is it administered, who is eligible, how much does part time ees receive, does an employee need to be enrolled in a plan to get the cash payment?) Also, what is the philosophy for giving $420 towards benefit.

Please supply a report of the last 3 years with how much the school system has paid in benefit credits and confirm whether the benefit credits are included in the pricetag of the benefit.
Also, please supply a breakout for FY2020 of how employees spent their benefit credits. For example, 500 employees used it towards HMO medical benefits, 100 employees had it put in their FSA, etc.

Thank you.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, in addition to the records provided below, staff indicates HCPSS has not made any health plan design changes within the past five years, which must be negotiated with each bargaining unit. Furthermore, no existing records will reflect how an employee chooses to spend the benefit credit. The credit is post-tax and is not directly related to a specific optional insured benefit. Our Accounting Office also indicates no report exists for the amount the school system has paid in benefit credits over the past three years. Please note, under the MPIA process, and as advised in the Fourteenth Edition of the Maryland Public Information Act Manual created by Maryland’s Office of the Attorney General, an agency is only obligated to produce existing records and is not required to generate new data or summarize data. 

Responsive Documents
The attached Annual Benefits Guides cost charts will contain pricing as well as benefit credit amounts. A description of benefit credits can also be found under a Benefit Credits section found in the table of contents.

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