Human Resources » Health Insurance

Health Insurance

The District participates in the Bucks Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium, a management-labor consortium of schools and entities which have joined together in a unique self-funded arrangement as a large group purchaser of medical insurance, prescription drugs and other employee benefits. The purpose of the arrangement is for consortium members to group together to get the best price possible for health care and employee benefits while also focusing on collectively improving employee health and wellness, potentially leading to even greater cost savings. 
Website info:
  • Felicity Hanks, Management Trustee
  • Chris Sterman, Labor Trustee
Questions regarding medical benefits should be directed to Elizabeth Jones, Benefits Secretary at Ext. 4001.
Benefits Information for 7/1/18-6/30/19 plan year


Medical and Rx Plans:

Effective July 1, 2018 a new plan option Open Choice 3 is available to District Employees.*  Open Choice 3 is a lower cost option for employee health insurance.  It is a partial deductible style plan and some categories of coverages will have to meet a deductible in lieu of a standard co-pay arrangement.  The deductible is applicable only to ambulance, blood/blood products, DME, home health care, hospice, infusion therapy, diagnostic/x-ray/lab services, prosthetics, and private duty nursing. Prentative care remains fully covered under this new plan.  Please check out the comparison chart below and this Aetna presentation (slides 6-7) to see the differences in the new plan.  
This chart contains a comparison of the 4 medical plans available July 1, 2018 (OC1, OC2, POS, OC3):   
BMCS Open Choice 1
Rx Open Choice #1 
BMCS Open Choice 2
Rx Open Choice #2  
Rx BCMS POS (**)
BMCS Open Choice 3  Deductible Plan - new for 2018-19
Rx Open Choice (same as OC2)
Mail Order Rx:  Mail Order is no longer required.  Filling prescriptions at the pharmacy are the same cost as mail order. 
(*) Eligibility may be limited to some employees due to collective bargaining.
(**) Rx Plan for POS has been slightly amended for ESPA, Secretary, and Confidential Secretary Groups to include a $30 non-formulary co-pay.  Plan summary will be posted when received from CVS. 

Lab Work Cost Comparisons:

Know before you go: All members should be aware of the costs associated with lab work.  Members on the Open Choice 3 should especially be cognizant of the different costs that may be incurred based solely on where the work is done. 

Quest Diagnostics is Aetna’s preferred lab vendor which allows Aetna members to receive low contracted rates.  Quest is almost always the lowest cost.  Check out these comparisons showing that the same test at an area in-network hospital may be a thousand ($1,000) dollars more than at a Quest lab.  

Remember to use the member payment estimator tool located in Navigator (Aetna’s secured member portal) to research lab services as well as many other lower cost options for MRIs, CT scans, etc. 

Vision Plan:


DISTRICT HEALTH PLANS - 7/1/2017-6/30/2018 

Summary of Benefits Coverage Documents in SBD Format-Coverage Period 7/1/17 – 6/30/18