Health / Dental Benefits

Open Enrollment - Now  - April 28, 2017

Open Enrollment gives you the opportunity to make changes to your existing plan or enroll in a new health or dental plan. Please submit your changes or new enrollments to the Human Resources Office, attention: Jennifer Ortiz, by May 5th. All changes will be made effective, July 1st, 2017. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for access to enrollment forms and benefit summaries. Please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or at (413) 362-1895 with any questions you may have.

Health and Benefits Fair - April 12th, 2017

 Our annual Health and Benefits Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 12th, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the ARHS cafeteria. Please join us; we will have representatives from Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, & Hampshire County Retirement. This will be a great opportunity for our active employees and retirees to meet with our representatives and ask questions about your current benefits. Enrollment forms will be available at the fair, if you wish to make any changes to your current plan at that time.

AmherstMeds Employee Prescription Program

AmherstMeds is an optional international mail order program designed for the Employees, Retirees (Non-Medicare Eligible) and their dependents of the Town of Amherst (including all three school districts) that currently have health insurance coverage through the district. For your convenience, a listing of eligible medications, as well as an enrollment form can be found on the attached document.  If you have questions about this program please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or at (413) 362-1895.


FlexChoice - Flexible Spending Account

Online open enrollment - May 1 - May 31st, 2017

Please click here for online enrollment instructions.

This Flexible Spending Account program, administered by Sentinel Benefits is  plan that allows you to withhold pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for qualified, non-reimbursable health related (including dental) and dependent care expenses.  Please see the attached documents for more information.  If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or call (413) 362-1895.

Employee Wellness Program - AmFit

The Amherst-Pelham Health Trust is excited to announce the launch of the Amherst Employee  Fitness and Health Program, AmFit, for school and town employees. The program is administered by Jennifer Brown, the Public Health nurse in the Amherst Health Department. This program was established to help provide a healthy work environment and to support the adoption of healthy habits.  For more information or to find ways in which you can be involved with AmFit please click on the following link for access to the AmFit webpage: Employee Wellness Program

You may click 
here if you're interested in ordering a FitBit!

MetLife VisionSavings Eyecare Program

The VisionSavings Eyecare Program offers eyecare and eyewear discounts with convenient access to a nationwide network of thousands of participating eye care providers and optical retailers, including:

  • LensCrafters
  • Pearle Vision
  • Sears Optical
  • Target Optical
  • JC Penney Optical

Employees qualify for discounts on eye exams, glasses, contact lenses and laser vision correction surgery. Plus, employees can order contact lens replacements online at for additional savings and convenience. What's more, there are no enrollment or claim forms and no membership fees. Plus, using this value-added program is convenient and easy. 

  • Discounts can be used by the entire family, as often as needed
  • Participating providers located nationwide .
  • All employees are eligible for eye examinations. 

Please click on the MetLife Vision Program link below for complete details or call Jennifer Ortiz at 413-362-1895 or by e-mail at

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