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APS offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and their families.

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Important Changes to APS Employee Basic Life, Additional and Dependent Life Insurance, and Long-Term Disability Insurance.

We are pleased to let you know that effective January 1, 2024, the APS Basic Life Insurance Coverage through The Standard, which is completely paid for by APS, increased from $10,000 to $30,000 for all full-time benefit-eligible employees. Additional and Dependent Life Insurance rates have increased minimally for 2024. Please refer to the 2024 Additional Life, AD&D Insurance, and Dependent Insurance page to view the changes. 

Also effective January 1, 2024, APS Long-Term Disability Insurance (LTD) transitioned from The Standard to The Hartford Insurance Company. This change was applied automatically and employees currently enrolled in LTD insurance do not need to do anything. There are changes to LTD premiums. Please read this important information on the 2024 Long-Term Disability Insurance page.

Employee Benefits COVID-19 Updates

Covid-19 Related Leave Guidance, effective 07/01/2023  

This a reminder that no paid COVID leave is available. All employees will utilize their own accrued, available leave for COVID-related absences (sick, personal, annual, unpaid), just like other illness-related absences. Please see COVID-related recommendations and guidance.

Information specific to COVID-19

For all benefit-eligible APS employees, effective 10/01/2023 – Due to the recent end of the Public Health Emergency at both the State and Federal levels, this is notice that all COVID-related medical and/or pharmacy services, testing, and treatment will be handled as any other illness under the APS medical and pharmacy plans as of 10/01/2023. This means that all COVID-related services, testing, and treatment, as of 10/01/2023, will be subject to the applicable member cost-share, ie, copay, deductible, and coinsurance. Over-the-counter (OTC) COVID tests will no longer be covered. The exception is COVID vaccinations, which are covered by the APS medical/pharmacy plans at 100% as preventive care, similar to other routine vaccinations like the flu shot. Please contact your medical plan (BCBSNM, Cigna or Presbyterian) or pharmacy plan (Express Scripts) with questions about your APS medical and/or pharmacy plan coverage.

For employees on leave, participants on COBRA, and those with retiree life insurance

Please make all payments by mail. Our mailing address is:

Albuquerque Public Schools
Attention: Employee Benefits Department
PO Box 25704
Albuquerque NM, 87125-0704

For employees planning to retire this year

  • Based on New Mexico Educational Retirement Board guidelines, employees who are working through the end of their current contract are considered July 1 retirees. Anyone planning to work a Summer School assignment will be an August 1 retiree.  
  • Please submit your retirement application and packet to the APS Employee Benefits Office 60-90 days prior to your retirement date. 
  • Packets will not be accepted more than 90 days before your selected retirement date, with only one exception: July 1 and August 1 retirement packets will be accepted as early as March 1, but will not be processed until April 1 (at the 90-day mark).

Benefits Information

2024 Medical Plan Contact Information

Many questions about your benefits can be answered by the carriers:

2024 Other Benefit Plan Contact Information

Transparency in Coverage Rule: Machine-Readable Files

The links below lead to machine-readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule. These files include negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data. Some of the files are compressed using .gzip format, which may require a tool for opening.

Links to Machine-Readable Files

Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 889-4859
Fax: (505) 889-4882
Email: employee.benefits@aps.edu

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25704 Albuquerque, NM 87125-0704

Physical Address:
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Suite 115 East and 120 East Albuquerque, NM 87110 Map