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Benefits Available Through
the Archdiocese of Santa Fe


General Information

All employees who work at least 17.5 hours per week are eligible for benefits through the group sponsored plans offered through the Archdiocesan Human Resource Office. Employees MUST enroll in the plans of their choice during the first week of employment. Please note the following:

  1. Plan coverage becomes effective the first of the month after thirty (30) days.
    1. Mary Martin begins work on August 1st, and her coverage begins on September 1st.
    2. Mary Lincoln begins work on August 2nd, and her coverage begins on October 1st.
  2. Employees may add/drop dependents (spouse and/or children):
    1. During the initial enrollment
    2. During the annual open enrollment
    3. After a qualifying event:
      1. Spouse's insurance ceases to cover spouse
      2. Marriage
      3. Separation/Divorce
  3. Employees who have worked for us for five (5) years and are age 55 may retire and remain on our plans. The employee must stay on a regular plan until age 65, and then must elect the Senior Plan. EMPLOYEE PAYS THE PREMIUM.
  4. Upon retirement at age 65 AND with Medicare A and B, an employee may elect to remain on the Archdiocesan plan, but must elect the retirement plan. EMPLOYEE PAYS THE PREMIUM.

All employees must have a copy of the "New Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options and Your Health Coverage". Click here.

Specific Information

Summary of Benefits and Coverage: What this plan covers and what it costs

2016-2017 Premium Explanation

Coverage Explanation

Group enrollment/Change application


Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico

  • $20 PPS Office Visit







Custom BlueNet Plan $500 ($1,500/family) Deductible plus 20% coinsurance until you hit the out of pocket limit for hospitalization of $2,000/$6000 Prescription Drugs $10/$35/$75/15% ($125)


Cost cost



Delta Dental of New Mexico – Premier Plan

  • Annual deductible of $25
  • Annual maximum $1500
  • May select PPO dentist from provider list (no paper work to submit after dental work)
  • May select your own dentist, (you must complete the paper work after the dental work)
  • Two free cleanings per year
  • Free diagnostic (x-rays)

CosT cost


Enrollment Form


Vision Service Plan - Optional benefit paid totally by the employee

Cost cost


Enrollment form


Life, Dependent Life, And Accidental Death UNUM Company

Life and Accidental Life insurance is worth 1.5 times the annual salary with a maximum of $50,000. Cost is $0.145 per thousand dollars of coverage. Dependent coverage is available for $1.01 per month. Dependent Life values are $5,000 for spouse and $2,000 per child under eighteen. (Employee must work at least 30 hours per week.) Click here for the enrollment form.


Miscellaneous Forms

Attention Business Managers

Waiver of Benefit Coverage



Upon resignation/termination an employee may elect COBRA. The employer and employee must notify Human Resources as soon as the date of resignation/termination is known. Human Resources will notify the insurance provider who will then send the employee the appropriate forms to request participation in COBRA. A COBRA election:

Allows employees to continue coverage for 18 months

Employee pays the full premium plus 2% administrative fee

Employee is removed from regular billing and receives a monthly statement

Coverage terminates immediately if one (1) monthly premium is missed.

Retirement Plans

There are two 403(b) tax deferred plans available through the Archdiocese. Agents will gladly come to your location to make presentations to the staff. Please contact Human Resources to schedule a presentation.

The parish makes employer contributions (which are added to the employee contribution) based on years of service. The following percentages are an example of possible contributions:

  • 90 days - 3 years 25% above the employee contribution
  • 4 years - 5 years 35% above the employee contribution
  • 5 years - 9 years 50% above the employee contribution
  • 10+ years 75% above the employee contribution

These percentages are up to 10% of the 20% or the current maximum of the allowable employee contribution. Priests and religious are not eligible to participate in these plans.

Exempt (Salaried) Employees &
Non-Exempt (Hourly) Employees

Recently, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was reviewed with regard to those clauses which pertain to exempt (salaried) and non-exempt (hourly) employees. In brief:


Exempt Employees:

  • are not "on the clock", but maintain regular office hours set by the employer
  • do not receive overtime
  • are responsible to complete the work no matter how long it takes
  • receive compensatory time for time worked over 40 hours


Hourly Employees:

  • work on strict time, i.e. 8:30 am – 4:30 pm w/ lunch 12-1 pm
  • receive overtime pay if overtime has prior approval by the supervisor
  • do not receive compensatory time

Currently, Congress is considering an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act which would allow non-exempt employees to accept compensatory time in lieu of overtime to facilitate current life needs.



  • Exempt employees, as defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), fit into three classifications: a) executive; b) administrators; c) professionals.
  • The nature of work performed by exempt employees demands that "the job get done no matter how long it takes".


Compensatory Time

  • This is time away from work granted to exempt employees who have worked over forty (40) hours in any one week, and not to exceed 15 hours per pay period.
  • Compensatory time must be used within four (4) weeks or two (2) pay periods of occurrence. Use it or lose it.
  • Exempt Employees do not receive payment for overtime.

This information is provided so that you may make informed decisions when choosing coverage for yourself and/or your family. Please feel free to call Marcy Gonzales at 505.831.8118 if you have any questions or need additional information. If you are opting for family coverage, please see your payroll person to discuss subsequent payroll deductions.