Any benefit changes made during the PWCS Open Enrollment will be effective July 1, 2017, including enhancements to the plan design. Current plan designs will be in effect through June 30, 2017. Click the image below to visit the Open Enrollment page!
EARTH DAY - APRIL 22, 2017
Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in 192 countries across the world. This Earth Day, take steps to make your world a little greener. Save some trees. Sign up for eDelivery.
If you haven’t already signed up for web access, visit LincolnFinancial.com/Register. Follow the prompts; it only takes a few minutes of your time and helps secure your account against unscrupulous hackers. Once online, you can take full advantage of all your retirement plan tools and resources, including the Estimate My Retirement Income tool, educational articles, videos, and more.
If you are a retirement plan participant, sign up for paperless eDelivery. It’s safe, secure and gentle on the environment. Plus, if ever necessary, you may request a paper copy of your retirement statement by calling the Customer Contact Center at 800-234-3500. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Expecting? Maternity Leave Workshop
MONDAY 4/24 4:30-6:00 PM
Having a baby is an exciting and busy time in an expectant parent’s life. The Office of Benefits & Retirement Services will hold a Maternity Leave Workshop at the Kelly Leadership Center, room 1101A/B, on Monday April 24, 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.
Due to space limitations created by the rescheduled date, we are limited to attendees who had RSVP'd for the previous date. Any new RSVPs will be placed on a waitlist and confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis contingent on space.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org indicate the number attending. Questions? Contact Kathy Snow at 703.791.8568 or SnowKR@pwcs.edu
Aflac may be coming to your school for an information session.Click here for the schedule or contact Pam Byers from Aflac if you have questions at 703.587.5201 or Pamela_byers@us.aflac.com
LINCOLN FINANCIAL PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Katherine Mulligan of Woodbridge Senior High School for winning the Lincoln Financial Responsibility of Love photo contest! Katherine won for an adorable photo of her son, which received the highest number of public votes. As she wrote in her submission, “This is my son, Benjamin. He's the reason I save for retirement. So I can spoil Ben today, and spoil his children in the future.”
Runners up in the contest were Genevieve Ivan of Triangle Elementary and Krisha Parker of the Office of Special Education.
The contest was sponsored by Lincoln Financial to help inspire Prince William County Public Schools employees to think about why they save for retirement. Employees were also encouraged to consider their changing families and update the beneficiaries on their retirement accounts.
Congratulations again to the winners and special thanks to all who entered! View all entries here.
If interested in a complimentary consultation with a Lincoln Financial representative regarding the 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan, please make an appointment through the online scheduling tool or by contacting your representative directly.
The February 2017 VRS Member News is here!
Click here to view the newsletter on our page.
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 email@example.com 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.
Social Security Website
US Department of Labor Retirement Toolkit
Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Retirement
Lincoln Financial Representative Contact Info
2016 PWCS Retirement Seminar Presentation
March 2017 Newletter
The EAP Theme for March is Have No Fear. Do you feel you have too much fear? Learning how fears take shape can help you release them a little. Click here to visit our Wellness page to view the March 2017 Newsletter.
Facts about Phobias
Panic Disorder: What is it?
Helping Your Child Deal with Ongoing Fear
Anxiety Disorders Tip Sheet
March Newsletter - Healthy Diet
Don't Skip Veggies in Winter
Root vegetables, oatmeal, hearty soups, sushi, broccoli and cauliflower should all be on the menu.
Timing of Your Meals Might Reduce Heart Risks
Want a healthy heart? The American Heart Association suggests being mindful of not only what you eat but when you eat.
What Is Stevia?
Get the scoop on stevia, a natural, no-calorie sweetener.
Canola Oil Cooking Benefits
WebMD explains why cooking with canola oil may reduce your risk for heart disease.
The Truth About Kale
Facts, insights, and advice about eating and cooking with kale.
Your Ultimate High-Fiber Grocery List
The next time you go shopping, stock up on healthy fiber options in every aisle.
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 issued1095-C by 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
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NEW PRESCRIPTION PLAN PROVIDER
Effective July 1, 2016, the Prince William County Public Schools health insurance plans switched to WellDyneRX as our provider for prescription medications for all health insurance packages. You will need to present your WellDyneRX prescription card at the pharmacy for your provider to verify your benefits. 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.”