Health Benefits

Access to provider networks and benefits at some of the lowest rates available

We are better than the rest

2024 SISC Healthcare Symposium

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We know how important it is for schools to be able to tailor benefit packages that meet the unique needs of their people, labor groups and budgets. That’s why we offer an extensive array of options. And we are really good at creating, innovative solutions for just about any scenario.

Our members appreciate the value-added features we provide at no additional cost. These include COBRA administration, an Employee Assistance Program, 24/7 physician line, $0 generic drugs at Costco and Mail, an expert second opinion service and a wellness program with onsite flu shots, biometric testing and condition management.

Our Health Benefits pool is the largest school-focused purchasing pool in California—giving us access to provider networks at some of the lowest rates available.

And with our member districts spread out all over the state of California, membership in SISC is like a diversified investment. We can smooth out sharp rate changes when one region performs significantly better or worse than other regions.

We can also spread our administrative costs and claims risks over a very large membership base. Districts often pay less than half of the admin costs they would have on their own or through smaller pools.

Over the past four years, SISC renewals have averaged less than 5%; and each year, every plan (PPO, HMO and Kaiser) for every member district has been single digits.

Our districts will tell you it’s our service that really differentiates us. We have our own in-house underwriting staff and technical expertise. And each district is assigned a service team that includes an account manager and two benefit specialists. The three-member service teams average 42 years of experience in benefits.

We understand the school calendar and know that our members need as much time as possible to budget, plan and bargain for the coming year. That’s why we provide our benefit renewals in early spring and proactively educate our districts throughout the year.

Our Philosophy – “Schools Helping Schools”

Our Goal is to provide the best coverage and service to our members while keeping costs affordable and stable.

SISC is a Joint Powers Authority administered by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, John G. Mendiburu, Superintendent


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