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Time for a Benefits Check-up?

From time to time, employees come in for a refresher on the many benefits and perks provided by the university, to see if there are any benefits they want but aren’t yet enrolled in, to check their beneficiaries on life insurance and to see what their net pay would be if they contribute more to their retirement account with Fidelity or TIAA/CREF.  If you’re interested in a “benefits check-up,” call or email me and we’ll arrange a convenient time for you to stop by.

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Follow Up to Benefits Open Enrollment Meetings

The following topics were discussed in open enrollment meetings on May 8 and 9.  As promised, here are answers to the good questions and topics that were mentioned:
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
As disclosed in the open enrollment newsletter, Anthem will no longer cover the removal of wisdom teeth effective June 30.  We have confirmed that this procedure is covered under the UCCI Dental Buy-Up Plan at 50%.  Please note that you must be enrolled in the Buy-Up Plan for a full year before you receive the major services coverage at 50%.  If you would like to switch from the Core to Buy-Up plan, an enrollment form is necessary by May 31.
Urgent Care Centers
When Anthem processes the claim from the urgent care site (or any practice), Anthem determines the co-pay amount based on the physician’s specialty that is on their provider database for the rendering physician reported on the claim. If the rendering physician is an emergency medicine specialty, Anthem applies the specialist co-pay, if the rendering physician is a family practice specialty Anthem applies the PCP co-pay. If the provider does not collect the correct co-pay, then they may either owe the patient a refund or they may have to collect more after the claim processes.
Many of the urgent care sites employ both emergency medicine physicians and family practice physicians. So co-pay may vary depending on which physician the member sees.
It was also mentioned during one of the informational sessions that Carilion/Stonewall Jackson Hospital has a “Fast Track” in the ER.  We followed up with Carilion to determine whether it qualified as an urgent care center with a lower co-pay.  We learned that “Fast Track” may help with quicker service but the copay is still an ER copay.  Additional information is on Carilion’s website at http://www.carilionclinic.org/csjh/emergency-services.
Flexible Spending Accounts
There was a question on mileage reimbursement.  Mileage or fares related specifically to an eligible medical visit to and from healthcare providers, hospitals and pharmacies is an eligible medical FSA expense.   Effective January 1, 2013 and until further IRS notice, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks), is $.24 per mile. Actual fares for buses, taxis, trains and subways are reimbursable for the full cost.  To be reimbursed, submit an itemized statement showing date of service for each trip.
Data Security and Confidentiality – Live Well Program
Since questions about the security of the information contained in the LiveWell program continue to arise from time to time, we thought it would be useful to provide this  link to an earlier post on this subject.
http://dashboards.blogs.wlu.edu/2012/02/13/livewell-participation-growing-is-your-personal-health-related-data-safe/
Our wellness program vendor is bound by the same federal law (HIPAA) that protects individuals’ health information.  Your individual information is not shared with W&L or with Anthem and W&L only receives aggregate information including data on the number of participants and on the health risks that are present in our population.
The LiveWell program is entirely voluntary, but we hope concerns about privacy will not deter you from participating and receiving the health and monetary rewards!
As a reminder, the deadline to make changes to your benefits for the 2013/2014 year is this Friday, May 31.  To enroll or re-enroll in flexible spending accounts, enrollment forms are needed by June 14.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 

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Accessing Anthem Health Insurance While Traveling

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Across the nation and in over 200 countries -your Anthem group health insurance travels with you.  It’s important; however, to know how to access your benefits.  Before taking a trip (especially out of the country) call 1-800-810-BLUE or visit Anthem’s website at http://www.bcbs.com/already-a-member/coverage-home-and-away.html for the information you need.
 

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New Funds Now Available Through University’s Retirement Plan

This is a reminder that on November 1, new fund choices became available through TIAA/CREF and Fidelity, some funds have been closed to new contributions and balances in some funds have migrated to new fund choices.  You will receive notices from TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity when fund changes are made.
TIAA/CREF and Fidelity Guidance Consultants will be at W&L in November and December to meet with employees who would like to review the new fund choices and make changes to their accounts.  To schedule an appointment with Boyce Brice of Fidelity, call 1-800-642-7131 or go to www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations.  To schedule an appointment with Shawn Dorr of TIAA/CREF, call 1-800-732-8353.

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Missed the Meeting Last Week on Changes to University’s Retirement Plan?

If you weren’t able to make one of the informational sessions last week on upcoming changes to the investment choices through the University’s Retirement Plan, we’ve added Fidelity’s and TIAA/CREF’s presentations to our website at  http://www.wlu.edu/x31977.xml.
TIAA/CREF will be adding dates to their schedule of on-campus visits through the end of the year.  When we have those, we will announce them through our blog.
In addition to being here on November 7 and December 5, Fidelity has added the following dates:  November 6 and December 4.  To schedule an appointment with Fidelity,  go to www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or call 1-800-642-7131.

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Free Flu Shots

This is a reminder to W&L employees participating in our Anthem Group Health Insurance plan …
Anthem has partnered with pharmacies – several in our area – to offer free flu shots to Anthem group health insurance participants.  Listed below are the participating pharmacies in Lexington and Buena Vista.  Additional pharmacies can be found in an email to you dated 9/28/2012.  You will need to present your Anthem health insurance card for a $0.00 co-pay.
CVS (Buena Vista and Lexington)
Medicap Pharmacy (Buena Vista)
Kroger Pharmacy (Lexington)
Lex Care Pharmacy (Lexington)
Lexington Prescription Center (Lexington)
 

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Gold’s Gym Staunton Offers Discount to Washington and Lee Employees

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… From Tony Cassidy, Fitness Consultant with Gold’s Gym Staunton
Gold’s Gym Staunton is offering reduced enrollment and monthly dues to all Washington and Lee employees. We offer lots of cardio, free weights, and circuit equipment.  Some of our amenities include 2 complimentary fitness sessions with a personal trainer and monthly reassessments, group exercise classes, ladies only exercise area, travel passes, Kid’s Club, tanning, hydro-massage.  Gold’s Gym is located in the Staunton Mall, 90 Lee Jackson Hwy Staunton, VA 24401.  Call, click, or visit us for more info.
(540)886-5888      www.goldsgym.com/gyms/virginia/staunton/1020

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Upcoming Changes to the Fund Choices Available through the University’s Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

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This is a a reminder of the important informational sessions being held on Wednesday, October 17 in Stackhouse Theater regarding upcoming changes to the fund choices available through our retirement plan with TIAA/CREF and Fidelity.  Please plan to attend one of the identical 60-minute sessions at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM.  Information about the upcoming changes was sent to your home within the last couple of weeks.  It may help to bring the mailing and your latest TIAA/CREF or Fidelity statement with you to the session.
For further information including details on scheduling a personal appointment with the TIAA/CREF or Fidelity representatives on October 18 or 19, please refer to an email Amy Barnes sent you on September 26.  These appointments are filling up quickly.
Please share this important reminder with co-workers who do not frequently check their W&L email.  Thank you.

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Free Will Preparation and Identity Theft Programs Now Available to W&L Employees

Because of our switch in carriers for our basic and supplemental life insurance, all benefit eligible employees (regardless of enrollment in the insurance products), now have access to three services through Cigna that we believe you will find beneficial.  These free services include:

Will Preparation Program.  Similar to a product like TurboTax, you can go to CIGNAWillCenter.com and start building your will and other legal documents.
Identity Theft Program.  You will work with a personal case manager who will help you work through critical identity theft issues you may encounter.
Programs and services to enhance your health and wellness.  From acupuncture to natural supplements, this program provides discounts on health programs and services.

To review an informational sheet for each of these three programs, visit our website at http://www.wlu.edu/x11368.xml.
 

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