From United Concordia …
Want to improve your health? Start with your daily oral health routine. Practicing good dental hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly and correctly, can have a significant impact on both your oral and overall health.
Brushing: Don’t rush when you brush. Take your time and clean everywhere. Harder is not better. Good technique that reaches all the teeth is important. A clean mouth is more than just your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth too. You should brush your teeth for about 2 minutes; however, the average person only brushes for 45 seconds!
Flossing: Tooth brushing alone isn’t enough to keep your mouth clean. Proper dental flossing reaches those areas your toothbrush can’t, like between your teeth and under the gum line. Without flossing, there are parts of your teeth that are never cleaned allowing bacteria to invade your teeth and surrounding areas.
Rinsing: Teeth surfaces make up less than half of the total mouth surface area. Rinsing with mouth wash, other over-the-counter rinses, or even plain water, can aid in eliminating bacteria that brushing and flossing alone cannot. Talk with your dentist about what kind of mouth wash or other oral rinse is right for you.
In addition to practicing good oral hygiene at home, regular visits to the dentist are also vital in keeping your mouth and body healthy.
You can learn more about the basics of oral health care by visiting United Concordia’s Dental Health Center at https://www.unitedconcordia.com/dental-insurance/dental-health/care-prevention/
You can learn more about your dental benefits and oral health information by registering on My Dental Benefits: www.unitedconcordia.com
from Anthem …
The following local in-network pharmacies, if they provide flu shots, will do so for Anthem participants with no co-pay. Anthem/Express Scripts advises you call first to check on vaccine availability, hours and age restrictions. You can call Anthem for pharmacies in other localities.
Lexington Prescription Center
It’s 2:00 a.m., your child feels sick and you need advice on how to handle. Call Anthem’s 24/7 NurseLine. Click here for information.
Feel like you’re being pulled in a 100 directions? Juggling daily demands can be incredibly stressful. Click here to register for a free webinar on ways to manage “life.”
If you have an address change during the year, you can update the address with HR/Payroll and certain benefits carriers by clicking on “Directory” in the upper right corner of most W&L web pages. Log-in if you aren’t already and click on “Preferences.” You can make edits on this page and HR and Payroll are automatically notified. We then notify benefits providers who can accept the information from us (Anthem, UCCI, FBA and Fidelity.) If you have benefits through TIAA, Genworth or MetLife, you’ll need to contact those carriers directly. Contact information for all carriers is on the back cover the 16/17 Benefits Guidebook.
If you’d like to meet with TIAA Financial Consultant Kurt Johnson or Fidelity Retirement Planner, Boyce Brice in September, their schedules and instructions for making appointments are listed on the “Programs and Events” tab on our website at humanresources.wlu.edu.
For those nearing retirement, they can explain the options for drawing money when you retire and can help with related paperwork.
Haven’t started saving for retirement yet? Take advantage of these on-campus appointment opportunities to learn about our retirement plan and investment options and they will assist you with opening your account.
We encourage all employees to meet annually with a consultant to review your investment selections, beneficiaries and demographic information.
As always, let me know if you have any questions about your retirement or any employee benefit.
From Anthem …
A short video with tips for the Sandwich Generation.
An article from Health Advocate. To learn more about the free services available to you through Health Advocate, visit our website.
Whether it’s a medical emergency or you just aren’t feeling well, knowing where to go for the proper care for injuries or illnesses can potentially save you a lot of time and money. But knowing where to go for treatment isn’t always clear or easy. Recognizing the difference between an “emergency” and an “urgent” medical issue can be difficult. Keep reading for tips to help you make a quick decision on which care provider to use if you are unsure.
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Heading back to school can be a tough transition for everyone in the family. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to help your kids transition from their summer to school day schedule. Check out these tips from the doctors you can see using LiveHealth Online. They can help you and your kids ease back into a better sleep schedule for school. And don’t forget the doctors you can see using LiveHealth Online are available any time of the day or night. So if your child comes home from school and feels under the weather, you can visit with a doctor in minutes from the comfort of home.
This is a reminder Flexible Benefits Administrators (FBA) became our FSA provider in July (replacing PayFlex). If you had healthcare or dependent care funds still available on June 30, those funds remain with PayFlex through the end of this month to allow you to request reimbursement from PayFlex for services incurred between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. PayFlex must receive your request for reimbursement by September 27. We advise sending your final claims early this month to ensure you meet the September 27 deadline.
Funds $500 or less that remain in your healthcare FSA with PayFlex the end of this month will rollover to FBA after October 1 and be available for your use in the 2016/2017 plan year. Funds remaining in your dependent care FSA will be forfeited per IRS rules.
FBA’s contact information and PayFlex Reimbursement Claim Form is available on our website at https://www.wlu.edu/human-resources/benefits/health-and-dental/flexible-spending-accounts.
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