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By Cara Beth Lewis

Bladen County Schools shared the following information on their website today, regarding benefits enrollment for faculty and staff of BCS.

Here is the BCS website post:

“The annual benefits enrollment period for Bladen County Schools Benefits Plan will be September 13, 2021 to December 3, 2021. A Pierce Group Benefits Counselor will be contacting you very soon to schedule an onsite group briefing for annual enrollment. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. This onsite briefing will last approximately fifteen minutes and we appreciate your help in allowing these briefings to be scheduled. The link to the online sign-up sheet for onsite 1-on-1 enrollment sessions will be provided to you and your staff by your Benefits Counselor following the group briefing.

In addition, an employee letter will be sent to all employees within the district on the first day of annual enrollment. It will provide detailed information and communicate expectations regarding annual enrollment. The Pierce Group Benefits Counselor will provide you site specific information to relay to your staff.

Please be sure that all eligible employees are informed of open enrollment. Elections made during the enrollment period may not be changed during the plan year. The only exception is for a family status change as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. A plan change due to a family status change must be initiated within 30 days of the qualifying event.

If an employee is currently on leave during the open enrollment period, they will not be allowed to sign up for benefits at this time. An employee on leave will have 30 days upon their return to sign up.”

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