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San Francisco Health Service System (SFHSS)
San Francisco Health Service System (SFHSS)

Message from the Executive Director

February is an exciting month for the San Francisco Health Service System. We are thrilled to debut our new website, an attractive, organized and mobile-responsive site that is designed exclusively for our members to find information quickly and easily.
Our was conceived and designed with you in mind. Use as a resource to find out about all the benefits available to you and important information on how to manage benefits for you and your family.

We cover many benefits topics from New Hire Orientation and Leaves of Absence to transitioning from active employee to retiree, among many other subjects and resources. You will also find all of our plan documents that can be viewed and downloaded easily.

Explore our Well-Being and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sections to learn about new campaigns, events, updated exercise class schedules, EAP services and other useful information to support your total well-being.
We hope you will visit many times. Bookmark it and share it with your colleagues and family members.
Get reacquainted with all the benefits available to you today. It is never too late to take advantage of your health and well-being benefits.

Abbie Yant RN, MA
Executive Director

Use It or Lose It!
FSA Reimbursement Deadline is 3/31 

Do you still have a balance for your 2018 Health Care Spending Account or Dependent Care Spending Account? Make sure you submit all your claims for eligible medical expenses incurred in 2018 before March 31, 2019!

Healthcare and Dependent Care Spending Accounts are governed by IRS regulation. If you have a balance in your 2018 Healthcare Spending Account between $10.00 and $500.00, it will carry over to plan year 2019. Any amount greater than $500 will be forfeited.

However, any balance left over in your 2018 Dependent Care Spending Account will be forfeited after the March 31st deadline. Go to to submit your claims online or call P&A directly at (800) 688-2611.

We recommend that you check back after your claim is submitted to confirm that your claim is accepted and approved before the March 31st deadline.

Reminder: Health Service Board Commissioner Nominations End February 14th

The Health Service Board (HSB) elections are scheduled to occur in May 2019 to elect two Commissioners. The Commissioners can be nominated from SFHSS membership. 

The nomination period runs through Thursday, February 14 at 4:00pm PST.

Nominations can only be made by eligible SFHSS members (both active employees and retirees). SFHSS encourages anyone who is interested to nominate themselves or other worthy candidates to be a part of the HSB. 
If you are interested in participating in the process, please review the election timeline below:
January 11, 2019 – SFHSS members can start nominating candidates for the election that will take place between May 9 – 29, 2019.

February 14, 2019, 4:00pm PST – Nomination forms are due back to the Health Service Board Secretary no later that 4:00pm on February 14, 2019. Completed nomination forms can be mailed or dropped off in person at SFHSS at 1145 Market Street, 3rd Floor, during normal business hours.

February 21, 2019 – Nominees will be notified of the nomination status.

February 28, 2019 – Candidates who have been notified of their nomination will meet at the Department of Elections for an orientation meeting from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

March 27, 2019 – Deadline for candidates to file their Election Statements with the Department of Elections.

April 30, 2019 – Ballots are mailed out by the Department of Elections to SFHSS members.

May 9 through May 29, 2019 – Election is live. All ballots MUST be mailed back to the Department of Elections. No ballots can be delivered to SFHSS offices.

May 30, 2019 – Ballots are counted and winners are announced.

June 13, 2019 – Elected members begin their term on the Health Service Board.
Nomination Forms – Forms are available for download on our website here.  
Questions about the HSB nomination or election process should be directed to Natalie Ekberg, Board Secretary, at

February Health Service Board Meeting

The Health Service Board (HSB) will meet Thursday, February, 14, 2019 at 1:00pm in Room 416. 
For more information about the meeting and copies of the presentations, please visit our Health Service Board page here. Click here to watch a live broadcast of the meeting and bookmark this link to watch a recording of the meeting as well as an archive of previous HSB meetings.

SFMTA Blood Drive TODAY!

The SFMTA and the American Red Cross are a blood drive TODAY!

Please join in this lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: 1 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Room Name: 2nd floor Atrium
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

To schedule your appointment, please click here.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

February at the Wellness Center

Check out the variety of classes and special events this month at the Wellness Center. Print a copy of the calendar and share it with a colleague. 

Wellness Activities:

2/14 – Office Ergonomics Training, 9:00am – 11:00am
2/22 – Health Screening, 9:00am – 4:00pm

For more information, visit the Special Events Calendar and for exercise class updates, visit the Group Exercise Calendar
Disclaimer: Wellness Center group exercise classes, workshops, coaching, and other activities are open to all employees and retirees of the City & County of San Francisco (CCSF), Superior Court of San Francisco (CRT), the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and City College of San Francisco (SFCCD). Employee and retiree family members are also welcome to participate in these activities, if they are age 18 or older and enrolled in a San Francisco Health Service System (SFHSS) health plan. Participate at your own risk. We encourage all attendees to be mindful of their physical limitations and safety during classes. Please consult with your doctor if you have questions about which type of exercise is best for you. Employee Assistant Program (EAP) services are for active employees (CCSF, CRT, SFUSD, SFCCD) and immediate family members only.
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