AMERICA SAVES WEEK 2017 - FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 4, 2017
America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.The 2016 annual America Saves Week survey assessing national household savings revealed:
- Just two out of every five U.S. households report good or excellent progress in meeting their savings needs.
- 52 percent are saving enough for a retirement with a desirable standard of living.
- Only 43 percent have automatic savings outside of work.
- More men (74 percent) report saving progress than woman (67 percent).
- Those with a savings plan with specific goals (55 percent) are making much more savings progress than those without a plan (23 percent).
VISIT OUR AMERICA SAVES WEEK PAGE FOR HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION ON HOW TO INCREASE YOUR SAVINGS!!
Expecting? Maternity Leave Workshop is
March 14, 2017
Having a baby is an exciting and busy time in an expectant parent’slife. The Office of Benefits & Retirement Services will hold a Maternity Leave Workshop at the Kelly Leadership Center, room 1101, on Tuesday March 14, 2017 from 4:30–6 p.m. We will have the materials, forms, and facts you need to plan your maternity and childcare-related leave. All expectant employees and their spouses or significant others are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone thinking of having a baby in the near future.
Please RSVP to email@example.com indicate the number attending. Questions? Contact Kathy Snow at 703.791.8568 or SnowKR@pwcs.edu
Why Do You Save For Retirement?
Enter the Lincoln Financial photo contest today for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Visit PWCSPhotoContest.lfg.com to enter a photo showing the reason you are saving for retirement. This could be a picture of your loved ones who you want to provide for in retirement or an example of how you wish to spend your time in retirement; the choice is yours! All entries must be uploaded to the site no later than March 10, 2017. Public voting begins immediately and goes until March 25, 2017. Contest is open to all PWCS employees, but voting is open to the general public. The winner will be determined by the amount of pubic votes.
In addition to the grand prize, two runners up will receive T-shirts, and all entrants will receive a small prize just for entering. Click here for more information.
1095-C Filing for Tax Year 2016
In order to address any confusion regarding filing a tax return for the 2016 tax year without a 1095-C or 1095-B the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) Office of Benefits and Retirement Services has provided the following link to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website with questions and answers regarding 1095-C’s and 1095-B’s. Click here to access the IRS web page relative to 1095-C and 1095-B reporting.
According to the IRS, it is permissible to file taxes without the 1095-C or 1095-B. The 1095-C and 1095-B are to be kept by the employee, but are not required to be filed with the IRS. PWCS will be issuing 1095-C and 1095-B forms as soon as possible and no later than the due date of March 2, 2017 in compliance with IRS federal guidelines.
If you have any further questions regarding the 1095-C or 1095-B form please contact the Office of Benefits and Retirement Services at 703.791.8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are reaching the time of year when our budgeted funds are nearly exhausted. If you are currently registered for a spring class, please submit your tuition reimbursement request as soon as possible as we must process in the order received. Once funds are exhausted, all requests are placed on a waitlist pending any additional funds in our fiscal year budget. This waitlist ends with the close of the 2016-17 fiscal year budget and does NOT transfer to the 2017-18 fiscal year. For any questions regarding the PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program, please contact Jill Argueta at email@example.com
Thinking about retiring?
Virginia Retirement System and Prince William County Schools offer many great resources.The myVRS Retirement Planner on the VRS website allows you to create a Quick Plan or detailed Plan that will help you estimate your income based on different retirement dates. VRS also offers free Retirement Planning webinars:
Are You on Track?
Are You Ready to Retire?
Your Next Steps
If you are ready to complete you retirement paperwork or need more information, The Office of Benefits and Retirement Services is here to help. Contact Kristin Brittigan, Benefit Specialist, at 703.791.8772 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to schedule a one on one personalized appointment. Virginia Retirement System (VRS) recommends you complete your retirement process and file a minimum of 90 days prior to your retirement date.
FEBRUARY WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
February is American Heart Month – the perfect time to promote heart health in your workplace. More than one in three adults in the U.S. has a least one form of heart disease, which includes coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke and heart failure. Some forms can be prevented – just a few changes in nutrition and lifestyle can make a big difference. In fact, for every gram of salt that Americans reduce in their diets daily, a quarter of a million fewer new heart disease cases and over 200,000 deaths could be prevented over a decade. We encourage you to make healthy choices to improve your lives.
Visit our Wellness page or click here to see the entire Newsletter
This month's topics:
Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control
Small Steps Add Up
7 Tips for A Heart Friendly Diet
Upcoming Virginia Events
Benefits Office Staff Changes
The Office of Benefits and Retirement Services is happy to announce some changes to our office staff. Lisa Figueroa has accepted the position of Benefits Specialist in our office, taking over the duties of Health, Dental and Vision insurance enrollment and monitoring, as well as enrollment and monitoring of Flexible Spending Benefits. Taking over as the Executive Secretary, we have welcomed Kathy Snow, coming to us from Facilities Services. She will now be the point of contact for all issues related to Maternity leave.
December, 2016 Edition of Benefacts
Click here for our Winter Edition of Benefacts
The Office of Benefits and Retirement Services hosted our annual Retirement Seminar on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Forest Park High School. If you attended and would like a copy of the materials presented, or if missed the presentation, you can download the materials below. If you are planning on retiring, you will need to schedule your retirement counseling appointment with our retirement specialist, Kristin Brittigan. Keep in mind, if you plan to retire at the end of the school year, VRS recommends that you submit your paperwork by March 31.
2016 Retirement Seminar Presentation
Social Security Website
US Department of Labor Retirement Toolkit
Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Retirement
Lincoln Financial Representative Contact Info
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NEW PRESCRIPTION PLAN PROVIDER
Effective July 1, 2016, the Prince William County Public Schools health insurance plans have switched to a new provider for prescription medications for all health insurance packages. WellDyneRX is our new provider. Prescription benefits cards were mailed to homes July 1. Effective July 1, you will need to present your new WellDyneRX prescription card at the pharmacy for your provider to verify your benefits.
Effective July 1, Anthem insurance cards are no longer valid at the pharmacy to purchase prescriptions.
You can register with the WellDyneRX website at www.myWDRX.com following these instructions. The site will ask for a BIN# to register. The BIN# for PWCS is 008878. Your member ID number will be PW and your 6-digit PWCS employee ID number (ex. PW012345). Once you have registered online with WellDyneRX, you can also visit your app store on your smart phone to download a mobile app to have access to your prescription benefits on the go. Click here for information.
For any questions, or if your prescription provider needs to contact WellDyneRX to verify your benefits, you may contact WellDyneRX by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-479-2000 or by email at MemberServices@welldynerx.com.
Use LiveHealth Online to Get Quick, Convenient Access to Care - Now with Mental Health Services Available Online
Using LiveHealth Online, you can have a video visit with a doctor or therapist on your smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam. Online visits using LiveHealth Online are a covered benefit under your Anthem health plan. All you have to do is sign up at livehealthonline.com, or download the app.
Sign up for free today so you can:
- Get access to board-certified doctors 24/7. It’s a great option for care when your doctor isn’t available. Doctors using LiveHealth Online can provide medical care for common conditions, like the flu, colds, pink eye and more. And they’ll even send prescriptions to the pharmacy of your choice, if needed.1 A visit typically costs $49 or less, depending on your health plan.
- See a licensed therapist or psychologist. If you’re feeling stressed, worried or having a tough time, LiveHealth Online can help. In most cases, you can make an appointment and see a therapist or psychologist in four days or less.2Depending on your coverage, the cost may be similar to what you would pay for an office visit, considering your benefits, copay or coinsurance.
It’s quick and easy to sign up and get started. Just go to livehealthonline.com or download the mobile app.
Find out how LiveHealthOnline helped Tom and Rebecca
“The doctor was really friendly, she seemed really knowledgeable, and it’s something we really thought was a great experience.”
PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program Update
The purpose of the PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program is to encourage professional growth and development, to meet certification and license renewal requirements, and to increase instructional knowledge and skills sets. This program is available on a first-come-first-served basis, contingent on the availability of budgeted funds.
For all course reimbursements, please remember that requests must be submitted upon registration for your course, and we will not accept requests for courses that have already been completed.
Please contact Jill Argueta in the Office of Benefits and Retirement Services with questions regarding your particular eligibility.
Additional information, amounts of reimbursement and forms are available on the Benefits Web Page by selecting Tuition Reimbursement from the navigation menu or by emailing email@example.com.