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Six-Week Mindful Living Course Offered Jan. 19 to Feb. 23

UC Berkeley’s Employee Assistance program is offering a six-week Mindful Living class on Thursdays, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $199. Go here (scroll down and click on “Mindful Living”) for more information. Contact Karen Patchell via email or phone (642-8659) to register.

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Contract Agreement for Healthnet and Sutter Health

Health Net and Sutter Health were able to come to an agreement for the 2017 plan year. No network disruption is expected. UC Health Net Blue & Gold and Seniority Plus members will continue to have access to Sutter providers and hospitals in the Blue & Gold network.

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Health Net and Sutter Contract Negotiations Continue

The University is receiving regular Sutter updates from Health Net and will inform Health Net members about the final outcome as soon as it is available. No action is needed at this time. Go here for details in the event Sutter Health is terminated from the Health Net Blue & Gold.

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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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