Janice Sawyer, Chief Risk Officer
Benefits Administration is a branch within the Division of Risk Management and Insurance Services of the Los Angeles Unified School District (District). Located in the “Beaudry” building in Downtown Los Angeles, the branch administers the District’s comprehensive health and welfare benefit plans serving approximately 67,000 active employees, 37,000 retirees, and 100,000 eligible dependents.
The mission of Benefits Administration is to ensure the proper and efficient administration of the District’s benefit plans, provide professional customer service, and support effective cost management of the benefit plan design and funding alternatives.
Eligible employees and retirees have a range of coverage options that include medical, medical opt-out/cash back, prescription drug, dental, vision, life insurance, health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, and deferred compensation retirement plans.
Annual benefits Open Enrollments are conducted during the month of November to provide eligible employees and retirees an opportunity to review their existing plans and make any changes for the next plan year.
Health costs are managed through the Health & Welfare fund.
Plan design changes are defined by the Health Benefits Committee with recommendations from the benefits consultant who negotiates rates annually with the District's health care vendors.
If provider fees are raised above the contribution cap, the Health Benefits Committee must introduce plan design changes in order to remain within the Health & Welfare budget.