SPEEA members serve as science fair judges
Above: A number of SPEEA members recently volunteered as science fair judges. The large group pictured
included members who attended the judges training at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair
(WSSEF) in Bremerton in March. Organizers estimate about 30 SPEEA members overall participated as
judges – filling a critical need for judges with technical experience for the older students. A total of 300 judges
took part in the two-day event which drew more than 600 students from K-12.
Right: Craig Buckham, past SPEEA president, and Sarajean Churchill, a former member, judge a science
fair exhibit by Ella Bailey, 9, at Kimball Elementary School in April. Bailey’s mother, Amie Patao, is a SPEEA
member. SPEEA member Debra Coleman organized the science fair for Kids in Science and Engineering
(KISE), which she launched to provide hands-on learning opportunities outside of school for third-through-fifth
graders. SPEEA member Robert Gifford, not shown here, was also at the science fair because he volunteers
with KISE on a regular basis.
Action required for this year’s Spirit open enrollment
WICHITA – Open enrollment continues through May 15 for employees repre- sented by SPEEA at Spirit AeroSystems.
Due to recent interim negotiations, a new medical plan option is available to SPEEA represented
Spirit employees. The HealthSaver plan pairs a
high deductible catastrophic health plan with
a federal savings plan called a Health Savings
Account (HSA). Because of the high potential
out of pocket costs, this plan may not be suitable
for many employees.
Open enrollment is the only time of the year to
make routine changes to health care. Unlike prior
open enrollments, this year action is necessary.
You must complete the steps in annual open
enrollment in order to be covered by a health plan
of your choosing along with your dependents.
• If you opt for a different plan, changes take
effect July 1.
• If you enroll previously uncovered dependants, their coverage will take effect July 1.
Keep in mind
Since you must enroll or re-enroll, it is a great
year to take a fresh examination of the plans
that are available to enroll in, according to Matt
Kempf, SPEEA benefits director.
“Often, individuals get distracted by the high
deductible of the Enhanced Plan, and do not
realize that the premiums required for the Core
Plan can be higher than the premiums plus
deductibles for the Enhanced Plan minus the
employer-paid Personal Care Account,” he said.
“This year, more than ever, individuals should
strongly consider the Enhanced Plan, even if they
expect to have healthcare costs that exceed the
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
• Once you look at your costs for last year
and choose a medical and dental plan for
next year, it is time to estimate your costs
for the year ahead and consider setting
aside tax-free savings.
Choose a medical plan
•;Moderate out-of-pocket cost
•;PCA funded by Spirit
The Enhanced Plan has low monthly
premiums, but has a deductible and
coinsurance that you must pay when
you incur non-preventative claims.
•;If you do incur expenses, the
company-provided Personal Care
Account (PCA) can help cover
some of the expenses.
•;If you don’t incur any expenses, the
PCA rolls over from year to year.
•;Fewer out-of-pocket costs
The Core Plan has higher up-front
costs in monthly premiums.
•;The Core Plan requires referrals,
but in certain circumstances
has office visits with zero
•;In many situations, the high
premiums of the Core plan
make it too expensive of an
NEW - HealthSaver Plan
•;High potential out-of-pockets costs
•;HSA funded by Spirit
•;Optional HSA funding by employee
•;Individuals eligible to establish
an HSA may receive an HSA
contribution from Spirit, and may
•;Unused HSA funds rollover from
year to year and are investable
once certain thresholds are met.
•;The high potential out-of-pocket
costs make the HealthSaver plan a
About Flexible Spending
The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is an option for those who want to pay eligible medical
expenses income tax-free.
• Your entire annual election is available
immediately. You do not have to wait
for the fund to accrue.
• FSA funds can be used to reimburse
your out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays or deductibles for medical, dental
• Funds do not carry over from year to
year – you have to use it or lose it.
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