The City of Boston and Boston Public Schools (BPS) are pleased to offer BPS employees benefit programs that provide comprehensive coverage.
Employees have 30 days from their effective date to complete the process of enrolling in the City's benefits programs. View the 2023-2024 City of Boston Benefits Enrollment Guide for enrollment forms and plan comparison chart. If you do not wish to enroll within 30 days of hire, you must then wait for the annual open enrollment period.
Group Life Insurance
You must enroll in basic life insurance if you wish to enroll in a City health insurance plan. The basic life insurance is a $5,000 group term policy. Some unions may be eligible to elect the $10,000 benefit. The cost for this benefit is shared 50/50 between the City and employee. If you enroll in basic life insurance and want additional coverage, you can also enroll in the optional life insurance policy for an amount up to your base salary (maximum amount is $74,000). The cost is based on the amount of coverage and your age, and is 100 percent employee paid.
Dental & Vision Insurance
Dental and vision coverage is available to city employees as outlined in their collective bargaining agreement (CBA). It can be:
- through the Boston Teachers Union Health and Welfare Fund. Enroll at the BTU HWF Offices and be sure to bring a copy of your first paycheck.
- through the Massachusetts Public Employee Fund (MPE Fund)
- through an employee's respective union
- through Blue Cross Blue Shield - Sign in to MyBlue to see your plan's coverage information