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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the FDAC EBA?

Formed in 2005, the Fire Districts Association of California Employment Benefits Authority is a statewide Joint Powers Authority, which is a partnership of community service and fire protection districts in California to provide comprehensive health and welfare benefits for its members.

Who can join?

You can join the FDAC EBA if you are a public agency in California that provides fire protection or emergency services. A district, city or county must become part of the Joint Powers Authority to participate in the program.

What services are provided?

The FDAC EBA offers a full spectrum of employee benefits and insurance solutions that meet the unique needs of our membership. As an FDAC EBA member district you will have access to the following programs:

  • Medical – EBA has partnered with Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente to provide high-quality insurance services specifically packaged to meet our members’ changing needs.
  • Dental – EBA has partnered with Delta Dental to provide multiple PPO dental plans and with MetLife (formerly Safeguard) to provide a DHMO dental plan. This gives the districts the option to provide multiple dental plans to its membership and flexibility to meet the needs of their employees.
  • Vision – EBA has partnered with Vision Service Plan (VSP) to offer their Signature Plan portfolio of comprehensive and affordable vision plans to our members.
  • Basic Life and AD&D – EBA has partnered with The Standard for the life insurance coverage. The Standard extends the coverage to the employee and their dependents.
  • EAP – Employee Assistance Programs are available with Magellan EAP. All participating members receive the three-session model with option to buy up to either a five or eight session model.

What plans are offered?

Medical:

FDAC EBA offers Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente with a variety of plans that are both comprehensive and competitively priced.

  • Blue Shield:
    • Basic and Premium PPO Plans – Select from Basic Coverage (80% coinsurance with a $30 office visit copay) or Premium Coverage (90% coinsurance with a $15 office visit copay)
    • Basic and Premium HMO – Select from Basic Coverage ($10 office visit with 80% coinsurance for hospitalization) or Premium Coverage ($10 office visit with traditional copay model with a $250 hospitalization copay) HMO plans include chiropractic benefits.
    • Health Savings Account (HSA) PPO Plan – Consumer-driven health plan with significant savings in premium and tax-free advantage to the plan participant.
  • Kaiser Permanente:
    • Basic and Premium HMO Plans – Select from Basic Coverage ($30 office visit copay with $500 hospitalization copay) or Premium Coverage ($15 office visit copay with full coverage for hospitalization)

Dental:

FDAC EBA contracts with Delta Dental and MetLife (formerly Safeguard) to provide dental benefits to members. Delta Dental offers PPO products that will meet the needs of your employees and their dependents with flexibility and convenience. Delta PPO plans offer one of the largest dental networks in California and along with a variety of benefits from which the district can select to offer to its employees. MetLife (formerly Safeguard) offers a DHMO plan that is structured with defined copayments and uses their own MetLife HMO provider network.

Vision:

FDAC EBA offers vision plans through VSP which are simple and affordable. Vision benefits are a highly valued benefit with a minimal cost to the employer.

Life and AD&D:

FDAC EBA offers its Basic Life and AD&D through The Standard. Basic Life and AD&D are employer-paid benefits. Employers are able to select the level of benefit they will provide to every eligible employee from $10,000 to $100,000. Supplemental Insurance can be selected by the employee for themselves, as well as their eligible dependents. This is an employee paid benefit through payroll deduction. Employees can select any amount up to $200,000 without providing proof of insurability in increments of $20,000, but no more than $300,000. Any amount over $200,000 must be underwritten by The Standard for approval. Employees can purchase coverage up to 50% of their election for a spouse in $10,000 increments. Dependent child coverage is also available in $2,000 increments up to $10,000.

What other services will my District receive by joining the pool?

  • Consolidated Billing and Eligibility – The EBA partners with Hourglass for billing and eligibility. You will receive one bill for all lines of coverage, as opposed to a separate bill from each carrier.
  • Online Eligibility – You will have access to the Hourglass AdminDirect System to enter employees benefit elections in the system; Hourglass will submit to the carriers and ensure your employees are enrolled for their benefits. There is no longer a need to submit enrollment forms to multiple carriers.
  • HR Benefits Support – Contact your service team to get support on billing and claim issues.
  • COBRA Administration – ASi is the COBRA Administrator and is included in the fees. Why worry about whether you are compliant with Federal Regulations, when ASi will handle COBRA on behalf of the district
  • Retiree Benefit Administration – There are plan options available for eligible retirees. Direct billing for retirees is provided by ASi.

Want more information about the insurance programs and services through the FDAC EBA?

Contact:

  • The FDAC EBA Administrator can be contacted directly at 877-350-4EBA. Please speak to Melissa Dixon or email her at mdixon@firebenefits.org.
  • Our endorsed Insurance Broker and Consultant is Keenan & Associates. Please call 844.580.6856 or email fdaceb@keenan.com.
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