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Deadline for UC Family Member Recertification Extended to June 1

Due to delays in processing, Secova, project administrator of the recertification project, extended the deadline for employees who were asked to recertify family members to June 1. UC will not immediately de-enroll dependents on June 1, however the follow-up process will begin at that time. Contact Secova (888-926-5687) for more information. More>

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Incorrect Date for Cesar Chavez Day in Lab Holiday Calendar

The Lab’s holiday calendar previously listed Cesar Chavez Day as Friday, March 24, but the correct date is actually Friday, March 31. Employees can take March 24, if they had already planned to do so due to the error, or Friday March 31. For more information, contact Bharat Parikh.

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Financial Education Workshops This Month

The workshops — hosted by the Energy Sciences Area and led by Nancy Pargot of Fidelity — include “The UC retirement System (March 9),” “Creating Budgets, Reducing Debt, and Building Savings” (March 17), and “Women and Investing” (March 24). A workshop on leaves of absence, including disability benefits, FMLA, and parental leave, will be held March 22. More>

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Know Your FSA Deadlines to Avoid Losing Money

The Dependent Care and Health Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) both let you save on your taxes by taking money from your paycheck each month to cover certain eligible expenses. There are important differences between the plans, though, in what happens to money remaining in your account at the end of the plan year. More>

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UC to Reverify Some Family Members for Health Benefits This Spring

In April, Secova Inc., working with UC Human Resources, will contact certain employees and retirees to reverify the eligibility of some dependents for health and welfare benefits. Failure to respond to, or comply with, the Family Member Eligibility Verification notifications may result in the de-enrollment of your unverified dependents. More>

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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tax Forms

Over the next few days, staff with UC medical plans will receive Form 1095, which documents information provided on 2016 federal tax returns regarding health insurance coverage. Taxpayers don’t need to delay filing their returns until they receive their form, and can use other information about their health coverage to prepare returns. More>

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Foundry Scientist Teresa Williams Featured in GradNews

The article chronicles the Molecular Foundry’s Teresa Williams and her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Applied Science and Technology. She is using the Lab’s Tuition Assistance Program to pay for her education. The article was written by Laleh Coté of the Lab’s Workforce Development & Education office. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at Cal. More>

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Feb. 1 Fidelity Presentation on Making the Most of Social Security

Eric Schreiber of Fidelity Investments will present on the key factors that affect your monthly Social Security payment and the payment strategies available to you. The event takes place in Building 30-206 from 3 to 4 p.m. More>

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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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