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Posted January 10, 2013

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Employees Will Take Home Less Pay

Increases to the Social Security tax and health insurance costs will mean smaller paychecks for APS employees.

APS employees will take home less pay beginning tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 11, due to increases in Social Security and health insurance.

Employees will contribute 2 percent more of their pay to Social Security (FICA). The increase, which went into effect Jan. 1, is the result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The law increases the employee-paid portion of Social Security from 4.2 to 6.2 percent. The employer contribution to Social Security remains at 6.2 percent. The total Social Security tax is 12.4 percent.

In addition, employees who have health insurance through APS will pay from 2 to 9 percent more for their benefits. Employees covered by Presbyterian will see a 2 percent rate increase. Employees covered by Lovelace will see an increase of between 8 and 9 percent, depending on their plan. Those covered by Lovelace will see a higher increase because their premium was raised to match Presbyterian’s. Until this year, those covered by Lovelace paid as much as $15 less per paycheck than those covered by Presbyterian.

The total health insurance increase will range from between about $1 and $20 per paycheck depending on the employee’s medical plan and salary.

Also, co-payments for some services have increased. Those services include:

  • Urgent care visits – from $40 to $50
  • Specialist visits – from $35 to $40
  • Outpatient surgery – from $100 to $250
  • Emergency room visits – from $120 to $150
  • Advanced radiology – from $60 to $100
  • Brand drugs minimum/maximum co-pay increase of $5
  • Specialty drug co-pay increase of from $90 to $100 (out-of-pocket maximum increased from $750 to $1,000).

Employees can review their pay and benefits by going to the APS intranet site. The Lawson Employee Self Service system is only supported on Microsoft Windows PCs running Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8. To log on:

  • Go to http://intranet.aps.edu/logons.htm;
  • Scroll down and click Lawson
  • Scroll down and click Proceed to Lawson by Clicking Here
  • Type in username (employee identification number preceded by the letter e
  • Type in current email password.

Macintosh users must use a PC emulator or remotely connect to a Microsoft Windows computer. Contact your school tech for assistance or contact the APS Technology Service Desk by calling 830-8080 or going to http://servicedesk.aps.edu.

Employees who have questions or concerns about their health insurance or other benefits may contact Employee Benefits at 889-4859 or employee.benefits@aps.

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