FAQs for Professional Educational Benefit

When does the PEB benefit take effect?

  • The benefit takes effect 1/1/19 

Why do we need our Member ID #?

  • Member ID are used as another way to make sure your name aligns with the Member ID#
  • Member ID # can be found on the Davis Vision card

How much do we get reimbursed?

  • Any purchase made between 7/1/18-6/30/19 will have a maximum reimbursable amount of $500
  • Effective 7/1/19-6/30/20, the benefit will increase to $1000.

What is the deadline to submit for reimbursement?

  • All claims must be submitted to the Benefit Office electronically within one (1) year from the date of purchase or payment.

How long does it take to get reimbursed?

  • It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to get reimbursed.  However, since this is a new benefit it may take a little while longer due to programming and testing phase.

What is reimbursable?

You may receive reimbursement for only one of any identical items per Plan Year.

  1. Audio & videos tapes, DVD’s, CD’s, MP3’s
  2. Board Exam Fees
  3. Books and eBooks
    • You may receive reimbursement for more than one book only if each book has a different title.
  4. Conferences or online courses
  5. Dues & Journals for Medical Specialty Societies
  6. Equipment (Just to name a few)
    • Blood Pressure Monitor
    • Pen Light
    • Pulse Oximeter
    • Scrubs
    • Stethoscope
    • Surgical Loupes
    • Surgical Shoes (clogs)
  7. License Application and Examination Fees
  8. Software or electronic medical apps 
  9. Mobile Electronic Medical Devices 


The maximum reimbursement for one MEMD per Plan Year is limited to 75% of the total device cost up to the maximum amount of the benefit. Only one device per Plan year is allowed.

For Example:

  • A PGY 1 resident purchases a $1,000 laptop and $500 in medical books on March 10, 2019
  • The resident will only be reimbursed a maximum of $500 maximum for that Plan Year up to June 30, 2019

Reimbursement Limitation

  • MEMD costs will not be reimbursed if purchased in the last 6 months of your residency. 

What steps do I have to do to get reimbursed from the PEB?

  • Step 1 – Must be on payroll at the time you purchase the eligible items
  • Step 2 – Go to cir website “www.cirseiu.org”
  • Step 3 – Click on “Members”
    • Find Your Hospital drop down to LAC + USC, Harbor-UCLA, Martin Luther King Jr., or etc click “go”
    • Los Angeles County Benefits page
    • Under “Benefits Claim Forms” click on PEB
  • Step 4 – Must have a valid email address and your member ID# to submit for reimbursement

If I need assistance who can I call?

  • Contact the Benefits Office in New York, (212) 356-8180
  • Monday – Friday from 9am – 5 pm EST. (3 hours ahead)
  • Submit an email to benefits@cirseiu.org