Benefits Administration

Benefits News

Hearing Aid Discount Program - New Benefit Added

VSP is pleased to announce the TruHearing® MemberPlus Program. TruHearing is the first and only state-approved discount health medical organization (DHMO) for hearing, offering deep discounts to all VSP members and their covered dependents on state-of-the-art digital hearing aids and professional services from a nationwide network of audiologists and hearing instrument specialists.

There is no charge for joining the Program ($108 value). Members can combine this program with their current health coverage to maximize the benefit and reduce their out-of-pocket expense. In addition, VSP members may also add up to four (4) guest members (parents, grandparents, siblings) at no extra charge. Please note: Eligibility for the TruHearing® MemberPlus Program is not extended to VSP vision coverage.

To take advantage of TruHearing® Discounts VSP members can enroll at http://vsp.truhearing.com/ or call TruHearing at 877-396-7194.

Fall 2014 Fee Waiver Deadline —

California State University Northridge offers eligible employees the opportunity to enroll in the CSU Employee Fee Waiver and Reduction Program. This program provides for the waiver or reduction of certain fees for employees who enroll in work related courses offered by the CSU for the purpose of improving skills for existing jobs, or advancement in accordance with a career development plan. In addition, an eligible CSU employee may transfer his or her fee waiver benefit to a spouse, domestic partner, or eligible dependent child. The fee waiver may be transferred to one person only per semester, regardless of whether the individual uses the full two (2) courses or 6 units.

The CSUN Fee Waiver Module will be available for Fall 2014 registration on February 18, 2014. In order to insure timely processing, please submit your application no later than April 18, 2014.

Application Is Easy! The application link is located in the myNorthridge portal under Human Resources/ Employee> Apply For Fee Waiver Benefit (Faculty will find this link on their Staff page). When you submit your application, you will receive an immediate confirmation email. If there are any problems filling out the on-line application, just Save as Draft Version and call ext. 2173. If you forget if you applied, you can always view your application during the enrollment time frame.

Questions may be directed to the Fee Waiver Coordinator at feewaiver@csun.edu.

Covered California and the Affordable Care Act —

October 1st marked the launch of Covered California, the California insurance exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Covered California is available for individuals that are not eligible for health insurance through their employer or don't have access to health insurance. Covered California has a menu of affordable health insurance options for individuals to choose from.

Looking ahead, ACA requires all individuals to have health insurance effective January 1, 2014. In addition, all health plans must comply with ACA guidelines that prohibit individuals to be denied coverage due to having a pre-existing health condition and waiting periods for insurance may not exceed 90 days. Employers will be required to offer affordable coverage to all employees working an average of 30 hours per week and implement specific IRS reporting requirements effective January 2015.

For general information on Covered California and health coverage offered through the CSU, please visit http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/benefits/documents/covered-california-notice.pdf; for detailed information about Covered California or to sign up, please visit http://www.coveredca.com.

Your Benefits Administration Representatives

If your last name begins with the letter A-K contact Monica Baskerville at (818) 677-3810 or e-mail at: monica.baskerville@csun.edu.
If your last name begins with the letter L-Z contact Cathy Salazar at (818) 677-2119 or e-mail at: cathy.salazar@csun.edu.

If you have questions about a leave of absence or Workers' Compensation, contact Kari Dom at (818) 677-3351 or kari.dom@csun.edu
If you have questions about retirement, contact Cathy Salazar at (818) 677-2119 or e-mail at: cathy.salazar@csun.edu.

If you have questions about Fee Waiver or HR Solar Security, contact Sherrill Bunce at 818-677-3354 or email at: sherrill.bunce@csun.edu.

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Workshops & Seminars

View the Spring 2014 Personal and Professional Development Program Catalog for a complete listing of Benefit focused Workshops and Programs.