CORONAVIRUS, SAFETY PRECAUTIONS & TESTING
State's Commonwealth Choice Medical Plans
Commonwealth Choice offers private health Insurance options for individuals, families and employers. These plans carry the Health Connector’s Seal of Approval for high quality and good value. You must be a Massachusetts resident. Visit the MA Health Connector website, by phone 1-877-MA-ENROLL (1-877-623-6765), or TTY 88-213-8163 to compare plans, benefits and costs.
Commonwealth’s SMART Plan - OBRA
Part-time, non-benefited employees of Bristol are required to participate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alternative retirement plan, the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA), through pre-tax payroll deductions. Each pay period, 7.5% of an employee’s gross compensation will be invested in the Income Fund. The Plan is an alternative to Social Security coverage. For more information on the Windfall Elimination Provision and Government Pension Offset Provision visit Social Security. For more information, call the SMART Plan Service Center at (877) 457-1900, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 8:00pm, or go to Mass-Smart.
The following employees are exempt, and therefore are not required to contribute to OBRA:
Active benefited full-time or part-time employees enrolled in the Massachusetts State Retirement System or Optional Retirement Program; retirees of the Massachusetts State Retirement System or Optional Retirement Program; and/or full-time students enrolled in six or more credits.