Today at Berkeley Lab

Notice for Staff Using Sutter Medical Group or Assigned to Medical Group Using Sutter Health Hospital

Health Net and Sutter Health are engaged in contract negotiations; however, if they are unable to arrive at an agreement, Sutter Health Physicians, Medical Groups, and Hospitals will no longer participate in UC’s Health Net Blue & Gold network. No action is required at this time. More>

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Nov. 7 Open Enrollment Presentation

Information on medical plans and disability insurance will be provided. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will also be live streamed. More>

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Open Enrollment Ends Nov. 22; Help Desk From Noon to 2 p.m.

Highlights include small cost increases and some decreases, adding voluntary disability insurance with no statement of health required, added Kaiser locations, and expansion of Health Net Blue & Gold provider groups. A help desk will be staffed from noon to 2 p.m. in Bldg. 90-0026 on Nov. 22. More>

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Important Reminder on 403(b) and 457(b) UC Retirement Savings Program

Employees who wish to change payroll deductions for their remaining Nov. 1 and Dec. 1 paychecks this year must meet the Lab’s October payroll deadlines for contribution changes. The Maximum Annual Contribution limit for the UC Retirement Savings Program’s 403(b) and 457(b) Plan is $18,000 per plan. Log into your Fidelity account here. More>

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Oct. 13 Presentation on Preparing for Retirement

Meet retirement counselors from the UC Retirement Administration Service Center as they explain UC retirement benefits and eligibility rules for health coverage, describe the steps required to get ready for retirement, and answer questions. The meeting runs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Building 50 auditorium and will be live-streamed. More>

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UC Announces New Disability Insurance Options for 2017

Employees can choose Voluntary Short-Term Disability (benefits up to six months), Long-Term Disability (benefits after six months, up to your Social Security retirement age) or both, depending on needs and budget. Since premiums are paid with after-tax dollars, income from Voluntary Disability Insurance is generally not taxable. View informational video here. More>

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2017 Vendor Changes for UC’s PPO Plans

With Blue Shield of California’s rate guarantees expiring, other vendors were evaluated through a formal request for proposal process. UC has selected Anthem to replace Blue Shield as the claims administrator and network provider for UC Care, Health Savings Plan, Core, and Blue Shield Medicare plans. More>

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‘Preparing for Retirement’ Event on April 26

Retirement counselors from the UC Office of the President’s Retirement Administration Service Center will discuss UC’s retirement benefits and eligibility rules for retiree health benefits, describe the steps you need to take to retire, and answer questions. The event will take place from 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium and will be live streamed.

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ADP to Mail IRS Form 1095 for 2015

Over the next few days, employees will receive Form 1095 to document information provided on their 2015 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Depending on employment status and the type of coverage, staff may receive one or more copies of Form 1095-B or 1095-C. More>

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UC’s Napolitano Outlines New Retirement Program for Future Employees

UC President Janet Napolitano will ask the Regents to approve implementation of a new set of retirement benefits for future UC employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. New staff will be offered one of two options: a pension plus 401(k)-style supplemental benefit, or a stand-alone 401(k)-style benefit. More>

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