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Employee Benefits





Melanie Carnahan, Benefits Manager

Brandy Taylor, Benefits Reconciliation

Jenai Lofton, Benefits Administrative Assistant

Fax:  662-429-4198 

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An employee assistance program is offered to every employee of DeSoto County Schools free of charge.  Employees need not be enrolled in any other employee benefits offered by DCS to utilize this program. 


The most recent flyer is attached to this email.  More information regarding the program is available on the Employee Benefits webpage on the DeSoto County Schools website.  This link will lead you directly to the Employee Assistance website:



We just received notification that the rate increase for our health insurance premiums will NOT take effect on July 1, 2018 as was previously announced. The increase has been postponed until January 1, 2019 and has been reduced from 5% to a 3% increase in premium rates. 



Time's Up On Stress

Wellness/Preventive Coverage Guidelines

April Wellness Newsletter from ActiveHealth

Download the ActiveHealth App

Quitting Tobacco Together Online Course

Better Blood Pressure Now

2018 ActiveHealth Webinar Schedule


ActiveHealth Management (AHM)

Your ActiveHealth Management Resources Motivating Mississippi – Keys to Living Healthy is the State and School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan’s wellness and preventative health program. Working with ActiveHealth Management, the Plan’s health management vendor, we are dedicated to providing Plan participants with the tools and resources to help them lead healthier lives.

 About ActiveHealth Management   ActiveHealth Management is passionate about helping everyone achieve their best health and focused on providing resources to assist participants in meeting their personal health goals. Services provided by ActiveHealth are included at no additional charge to Plan participants.  Link to 2018 program schedule and information!

  • Maternity Management You’ll work with a registered nurse over the phone through our ActiveHealth Maternity Management Program. Your nurse coach will help you navigate the changes of pregnancy and understand the needs of your baby and yourself.  If you have difficulity with registration; contact our area representative, Patricia Heflin.  Her phone number is 847-258-0680.  She will need your name and date of birth to access your information and assist you with registration.
  • Tobacco Cessation Whether you smoke, chew or dip, the program offers the one-on-one support and resources you need to lead a tobacco-free life. You’ll work with a health coach who will provide the support you need. You may even be eligible for free tobacco cessation medications. 




Online Doctor Visits are now available for participants of the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan (DCS health insurance through BCBS of MS).  For more information see the link below: 


CURRENT Dental and Vision Insurance Carrier

 Print new ID cards here: Dental and Vision.  Guardian Insurance will carryover the deductible amounts fulfilled with AlwaysCare

Effective January 1, 2017, our new dental and vision insurance carrier will be Guardian Insurance. We will see a reduction in our monthly premium rates along with better coverage. If your dentist or eye care provider does not currently accept Guardian Insurance, Guardian has agreed to contact your provider and help them enroll to become an in-network provider.  Take this nomination form with you to your dentist office.

Visit for detailed information regarding our plan.  Please find additional information on the FAQ’s, Employee Benefits Forms and Brochures as well as the Links pages of this webpage.  





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