Medical Benefit Summaries now available for 2020 plans

Click here to view the 2020 Medical Benefit Summaries PDF. To view the dental and vision summaries and more information, refer to the Update post from Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Open enrollment for 2020 benefits is open in ADP through Nov. 29

You must actively enroll in all benefits for 2020. No benefits from 2019 will roll over into the new plan. During enrollment you can:

  • Add or opt out of health plan coverage
  • Choose your new plan option
  • Enroll eligible family members in your plans
  • Add, drop or change the level of your insurance coverage
  • Enroll or re-enroll in a consumer Health Savings Account (HSA) OR Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for day care or health expenses with pre-tax dollars

Please review your options and costs carefully. You can make any changes you like at home or at work until the end of the enrollment period, which is Nov. 29. Once the enrollment period has ended, your choices will be final until the next enrollment period or until you have a qualifying life event.

Health Savings Account (HSA):
This benefit will not automatically renew, so you must actively enroll for 2020. If you have an HSA and will soon be eligible for Medicare, it is important to understand how enrolling in Medicare will affect your HSA. If you enroll in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, you can no longer contribute pre-tax dollars to your HSA.
Brenau’s Contribution to your HSA (available only if High Deductible Health Plan is elected):
Individual: $600/ Family: $1200
In order to get the Brenau contribution, you must also contribute, (even if it is only a penny per pay period).

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):
This benefit will not automatically renew, so you must actively enroll for 2020.

Life Insurance:
You may elect life insurance in any $10,000 increment. Coverage is subject to a minimum of $10,000 and an overall maximum of $500,000.
Life Insurance Guarantee Issue Amount:
Employee Voluntary Life: $150,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)
Spouse Voluntary Life: $30,000 approved (without having to do medical paperwork)

Life Insurance Age Reduction Limit:

  • At age 70, benefits will reduce by 35% of the original amount
  • At age 75, benefits will reduce by 55% of the original amount

Wellness Program:
Brenau’s Wellness Program is designed to support healthy behavior in the workplace and to improve health outcomes. The program includes activities during the year which relate to being “healthy,” whether it be physical, mental, financial, social or emotional health. Employees receive points for each activity in which they participate. Points are added to the Activity Tracker, maintained by HR. At the end of the calendar year, names will be drawn from those who have accumulated Activity Tracker points; the more points you accumulate, the greater chance you have of winning gift card prizes.

Click here to view the open enrollment presentation, and for the dental benefit summaries PDF click here, and for the vision benefit summaries click here. Medical Benefit Summaries are still being produced by EBMS. They will be sent in Update when available. Deductibles will show in ADP by clicking on the option for view plan comparison.

Should you have questions, please contact Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk or Hannah Ivester at ude.uanerb@1elooph.

Chair massage spots available for Nov. 20

There are 15 afternoon appointments available on a first-come, first-served basis for chair massages Wednesday, Nov. 20, on the Gainesville campus. Each massage lasts for 10 minutes.

To claim one of the appointments, please be one of the first 15 to email Kelley Maddox at ude.uanerb@xoddamk.

Open Enrollment Meeting is tomorrow, Nov. 12

The Open Enrollment Meeting is at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Brenau Downtown Center.

To Zoom the Open Enrollment Meeting, go to brenau.zoom.us/j/297828250.

One tap mobile:
+16468769923,,297828250# US (New York)
+16699006833,,297828250# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
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Meeting ID: 297 828 250
Find your local number: zoom.us/u/a6mv6B4Jv

Join by Skype for Business:
brenau.zoom.us/skype/297828250

The Health Expo will follow the meeting from 1:30-3 p.m., and an educational retirement workshop will be held that evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Brenau University Business Incubator in the Brenau East location. Topics for the workshop will include how to draw retirement income in a tax-advantaged way, collect Social Security while still working, create a strategy to protect your income and investments, postpone Social Security income, ensure you don’t outlive your money, and minimize the downside of market exposure.

Register here: yourretirementtimeline.org/events/little-known-strategies-for-maximizing-your-social-security-benefits-155.

Open Enrollment Meeting agenda for Nov. 12

The Open Enrollment Meeting on Nov. 12 will include a presentation on insurance coverage for 2020 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Brenau Downtown Center. The meeting will also include Wellness Program giveaways and a United Way presentation.

To Zoom the Open Enrollment Meeting, go to brenau.zoom.us/j/297828250

One tap mobile:
+16468769923,,297828250# US (New York)
+16699006833,,297828250# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 297 828 250
Find your local number: zoom.us/u/a6mv6B4Jv

Join by Skype for Business:
brenau.zoom.us/skype/297828250

The Health Expo will follow the meeting from 1:30-3 p.m., and an educational retirement workshop will be held that evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Brenau University Business Incubator in the Brenau East location. Topics for the workshop will include how to draw retirement income in a tax-advantaged way, collect Social Security while still working, create a strategy to protect your income and investments, postpone Social Security income, ensure you don’t outlive your money, and minimize the downside of market exposure. Register here: yourretirementtimeline.org/events/little-known-strategies-for-maximizing-your-social-security-benefits-155/.

Get a free recipe book during National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Michael Greger M.D. FACLM writes in his work Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes in 2016, “In just one decade the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes.”

Reducing Diabetes Risk:

  • Exercise 30-50 minutes most days of the week
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce other risk factors such as:
    • smoking
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • low HDL
    • obesity
  • Take medication as prescribed

Take charge of your diet and try to eat healthier. Employees who stop by the HR Office in November to pick up a copy of the Recipes for Healthy Eating book will be awarded 1 wellness point. Employees working at our other campuses can also have a free copy mailed to them to earn the point.

Sign up to play kickball Nov. 9

The Wellness Team will be hosting a Kickball Game! The game will take place at Brenau’s Earnest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and is free for participants.

We need at least 20 people to play to make up two teams. All Brenau, Helix and Aramark employees plus friends and family members are encouraged to participate. Children age 7+ are permitted.

Brenau employees who participate will receive five wellness points. Sign up at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4Zco1tY0L9doxn3p0363kMwgBFrueAWE45vGjGLrP2ZIVnw/viewform.

Wellness points due to HR by Dec. 6

Any non-Brenau wellness activities such as attending a gym off-campus, participation in a 5K, etc. can count toward your total wellness points. Please submit these to HR before Friday, Dec. 6, in order to be counted toward the 2019 wellness program.

Paint your Pink Pumpkin in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Oct. 28

pink pumpkin

Bring your own pumpkin to paint in support of breast cancer awareness from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, on the Tea Room Porch. Pumpkins will be displayed at the Tea Room and judged on Halloween. The pumpkin with the most votes gets a prize!

Redeem your Cigna gift cards before Dec. 6

If possible, please schedule your doctor appointments, physicals and annual exams so you can redeem your gift cards from Cigna before Dec. 6, in order for the wellness points to be calculated before we close for winter break. Gift cards for wellness can be redeemed by visiting mycigna.com.