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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 Family Member Eligibility 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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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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