Employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the Employee Benefits Program. Employees have the option of having benefits start on the first day of employment or first of the month following employment. Employees will be able to change their benefit options during the Fall Open Enrollment Period or when there is a change in status (i.e. birth, marriage).
Benefits (Paid by BIDMC and You)
During your first month of employment, you may elect comprehensive individual, dual or family coverage in one of several health insurance options. The amount you pay each week for health, dental and vision premiums will be paid with pretax dollars before federal, state, and social security taxes are withheld.
Health & Dental Plan Choices
Through Harvard Pilgrim Health Insurance you can elect the following health plans: CareGroup Value Plan, CareGroup Plus Plan or a PPO plan. When you elect the Value, Plus or PPO plan, you are automatically enrolled with Caremark for your prescription coverage. Our Dental insurance is through Delta Dental. We offer a vision plan through EyeMed Vision Care.
Earned Time (Paid by BIDMC)
Earned Time (ET) is a program in which traditional sick, vacation and holiday hours are combined to provide you with maximum flexibility in determining the use of your paid time-off benefit. You are eligible for earned time if you are regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week. Based on the current ET accrual rates, full-time employees accrue 28 days annually. You will earn additional days as your years of service increase. ET is pro-rated for regular part-time employees working less than 40 hours per week.
Tuition Reimbursement (Paid by BIDMC)
After you have completed six months of employment, you may receive reimbursement of tuition costs for approved work-related courses for up to $1,500 during each calendar year. Direct patient care employees are eligible for up to $3,000 each year. After five years of service, the amount increases to $2,250 per year. This amount is pro-rated for regular part-time eligible employees.
Another great incentive for our BIDMC employees is our discount opportunities. Discount movie tickets as well as seasonal ski and water park tickets are available through the BIDMC Gift Shops. Wireless discounts are offered through the Telecommunications Office. As the Official Hospital of the Boston Red Sox, employees can use their ID badge to obtain up to two tickets for $5.00 each a half-hour after the start of a home game. Please note the Red Sox tickets are based on availability only.
Tanger Be Well Center (Paid by You)
As an employee at BIDMC, you have the opportunity to join the Tanger Be Well Center. This on-site fitness and wellness center is located on the East Campus. Services include personal training, fitness and health education seminars and screenings, group exercise classes and massage therapy. The weekly cost is $12 with an initiation fee of $50, which is waived if you are a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plan participant.
The Office of Workforce Development in Human Resources offers a number of opportunities for employees to enhance their job skills. This office provides free career and academic counseling, college placement testing, on-site pre-college prep courses in math, reading and English and college-level science courses.
Workforce Development also offers free on-site English classes for non-native English speakers. Workforce Development also oversees BIDMC's Pipeline Programs that sponsor employees' education and training for specific jobs at BIDMC, such as Patient Care Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nurse, and Research Administrator.