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Posted October 2, 2014

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Employee to Pay a Bit More for Prescriptions, Dental & Vision in 2015

No increase in medical premiums for those who completed their health screenings. Learn more during Switch/Open Enrollment at City Centre Oct. 17 and Oct. 20-24.

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What's New for 2015?

Medical Plan
There were significant plan design changes that went into effect in 2014. For 2015, APS is not making any changes to our medical plan except slight enhancements due to federal and state regulations.

There will be no increase in employee premium contributions for the medical plan for 2015 as long as employees and their spouses/partners completed their health screenings by Sept. 30, 2014.

The medical plan will include an expanded autism disorder benefit to include applied behavioral analysis

Prescription Drug Plan
Mail Order co-pays will increase effective Jan. 1, 2015:

  • Generic to $20, Preferred Brand to $55, Non-Preferred Brand to $120
  • An out-of-pocket maximum will be implemented on the prescription drug plan: $4,200 for employee only coverage and $6,150 for employee plus dependent(s) coverage

Dental Plan
3.37% increase in employee premium contributions

Vision Plan
2.65% increase in employee premium contributions

These increases, depending on your plan, range from as little as 3 cents to no more than a dollar a paycheck.

Swith/Open Enrollment

Who: APS benefit-eligible employees

When: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 17 and Oct. 20-24

Where: Alice and Bruce King Educational Complex (City Centre), 6400 Uptown Blvd NE in the Arroyo Chico conference room in the west tower, first floor.

Why: This is an opportunity to learn more about your benefits. There were significant changes to the medical plan in 2014 that will continue in 2015 including changes in deductibles and co-payments.

During Switch/Open Enrollment, employees can:

  • Enroll in a benefit plan they aren't already participating in
  • Switch their current medical plan coverage from Presbyterian to Blue Cross Blue Shield or vice versa
  • Add or dis-enroll eligible dependents
  • Enroll or dis-enroll in the Pre-Tax Insurance Premium Plan
  • Enroll or Re-enroll in the Flexible Spending Accounts (employees must re-enroll each year)


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