Health Benefits

Welcome to the Bakersfield City School District Health Benefits Website. This site was created to assist our employees by providing information regarding our insurance benefits.

There are several insurance forms and informational packets available on this site. If you should need further clarification or assistance please contact Susan Kirklin at 631-4722 or Our direct fax number is 324-3186.


In light of the COVID-19 situation, effective March 13, 2020, SISC is implementing  $0 copays on MDLive services.  This benefits provides 24/7 access to a physician by phone.  MDLive physicians follow CDC guidelines with respect to persons exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.  Click here to register for MDLive.




See information below with regard to alternate hospital providers and Dignity Health Termination FAQ's:  

Health Benefits Open Enrollment 

Open Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is August 2 - 20, 2021.  Any changes made will be effective October 1, 2021.  Click on the link for more information:

Voluntary Health Benefits

For more information on voluntary benefits available, please click on the link:


Frequently Requested Numbers:


Flu Season is here!

Have you had your Flu vaccine?  You are eligible to receive vaccines through your local participating pharmacy with a $ ZERO copay*.

*Please note if the pharmacy charges an administration fee this is 100% reimbursable through Navitus.  Pharmacy must be contracted with Navitus for this fee to be reimbursed*

We highly suggest you contact Navitus PRIOR to visiting a pharmacy to ensure they are participating in the vaccine program.

Vaccines included are Flu, Pneumonia, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), TDAP,Td, Hep A, Hep B, Varicella, HPV, MMR, and Meningococcal.

These vaccines must be administered at the Pharmacy by a licensed Pharmacist.

No prescription necessary.  Each vaccine has required guidelines which must be met.

If you do not meet these requirements, your Physician can request an authorization through Navitus.

Please note:  Not all pharmacies may carry these vaccines or have someone on staff to administer them.

It is recommended you call ahead to see if your pharmacy carries these vaccines and has staff to administer the medication.

You cannot pick up the medication and take it to the Physician’s office.  It will not be covered.

It is also always recommended you consult your Physician prior to receiving any vaccines to avoid any unnecessary or repeated vaccines.

For any further coverage clarification you may contact Navitus directly at 1(866)333-2757.


Understanding your Health Insurance

The District offers Anthem Blue Cross PPO as their sole health insurance provider.  Our administrator of this plan is Self-Insured Schools of California, SISC.  SISC is not an insurance company, they are a public entity.  SISC employees are public school employees just like we are. 1 out of every 1,000 Americans are covered by a SISC medical plan.  The District is self-insured with SISC.  This means that we pay our own claims.  The money the District contributes to each employee's health plan goes right back in the account to pay our own health claims. Yearly health insurance rates are based off our previous year's claims experience.  

For explanations of each of your benefits, please click on the tabs to the right or here for the link to the Employee's Health Benefits Guide. 

 Urgent Care

Ever have those weekend illnesses or can’t get an appointment with your primary physician? Don’t go wait in line at the Emergency Room and save yourself some time and money.  For non-emergency visits stop by one of our contracted Urgent Cares.

Urgent Care visits are covered through our insurance just like a doctor’s visit. Deductibles and out of pockets apply.

Click here for a list of contracted facilities.


MDLive is option available to all SISC insured members.  It is a Dr.'s visit right over the phone!  It's great to use if you are traveling or just want to stay in your pj's and call from the privacy of your own couch. 

MDLive now offers the EAP program.  If you or anyone in your household need to speak with a counselor, contact MDLive!  It is suggested that you don't wait to register for this service.  Save time and download the app on your phone now!  

Click here for additional information. 

Please visit the links below for additional information.

Additional Plan Benefits
All programs listed below are included in your Health Benefits Package at NO cost to insured members.
Hinge Health is a at home personalized back and knee exercise therapy program available to all insured members 18 years of age and older.  Click here to learn more. 
Advance Medical is a program available through SISC.  If you're looking for a second opinion on a medical condition or treatment click here for additional information.  It's free, easy and 100% confidential. 
Carrum Health is another option for members needing Hip or Knee Replacement or Spinal Fusion. Click here for additional information. 

Lark's Diabetes Prevention Program is a program focused on helping you improve your health through digital diabetes prevention coaching. Click here for additional information.