Level II Wellness Webinars from Your TrestleTree Health Coaches
Whether you are curious about a health topic, looking for more information, trying to understand how you can make healthy lifestyle changes, and/or interested in meeting your Level II incentive, join TrestleTree for these upcoming live webinars with your Health Coaches. Aimed at helping you understand and improve your health, look for practical and useful ideas that can be tailored for your own life!
Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes: Moving Beyond Knowledge into Action
Tuesday, March 27th 1:00-2:00pm ET
Understand more about diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as learn key strategies for lifestyle changes to lower your risk. Don’t be content just being aware - learn how you may be able to take action to lower your risk. Topics will include the risks and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes, as well as how nutrition, exercise, emotional/mental health and medication can all play a role.
Join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Lynn Bauer, RN, CDE, for this live webinar. Click on the link below to Register, or call 1-855-580-2797 with questions. We look forward to partnering with you for better health!
Join us for future Level II Wellness Webinars from your TrestleTree Health Coaches aimed at keeping you focused on your health year-round:
Musculoskeletal Health: Not So Much a Pain in Your Neck
Thursday, June 14th 2:00-3:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Kyle St. Peter, B.S., for this live webinar.
Cardiovascular Health: Loving Your Health and Taking Care of You
Thursday, September 20th 2:00-3:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Lynn Bauer, RN, CDE, for this live webinar.
Depression: One Step at a Time
Tuesday, November 13th 1:00-2:00pm ET
Look for registration news in upcoming Healthy & Maine newsletters to join your TrestleTree Health Coach, Hilary Freeman, RD, LD, for this live webinar.
In the coming months, your Healthy & Maine newsletter will provide helpful tips on how to take advantage of your self-service source, MaineStreet.
You’ll want to pay special attention because later on in 2018, the MaineStreet platform will receive a significant upgrade featuring even greater convenience and access for each employee as you seek to maintain your information and accounts, track leave balances, and submit time sheets for approval, etc.
Something that won’t ever change is the need to maintain an updated beneficiary designation on your University of Maine System insurance policies. Life events can have a big impact on your preferences and it’s a good idea to name, change, or confirm your beneficiaries at least once a year.
Enter MaineStreet via your UMS Employee Portal:
Click MaineStreet on the top row of the button array
Click Employee Self-Service
Click Benefits Summary
Click Life, Supplemental Life, AD & D, (Employee always beneficiary for child and spouse)
Click Edit, (make your changes if any)
Remember, for your TIAA beneficiaries, you will need to log into your account at TIAA.org. Under My Account, select Change Beneficiaries from the Profile section. From there, you can designate beneficiaries and select how much each should receive. If you prefer, you can complete a paper form and return it by mail. To have a form mailed to you, call TIAA at 1-800-842-2252.
And remember, you can change your UMS Life Insurance or TIAA beneficiaries at any time.
Ensure Your Prescriptions Are Not Interrupted
As you may know, the merger of Walgreen’s and Rite-Aid did not move forward to completion, but in the aftermath of the deal being terminated, Walgreen’s did purchase half of Rite-Aid’s stores, almost 2,000 locations, many of them in the northeast and in Maine.
Locally, that means that at some point in near the future, Maine will no longer have any Rite-Aid pharmacies and eventually those who had filled their prescriptions at Rite-Aid will need to transition to an appropriate Walgreen’s pharmacy.
Currently, Cigna, the University of Maine System healthcare plan provider, believes that the Rite-Aid and Walgreen’s data banking will be configured in such a way that previous prescriptions will be honored.
Important Note: Cigna will provide coverage with Walgreen’s customers just as it supported Rite-Aid customers. However, employees should check with their local pharmacy to ensure that the prescription is in place with Walgreen’s moving forward to avoid any interruptions or issues of accessibility.
Depending upon your individual circumstances and location, this may be an exceptionally good time to consider Cigna’s Qwik-Switch feature to home delivery. For more information, please call Cigna Home Delivery Pharmacy at 800-285-4812.
In December, 2017, Cigna distributed updated ID cards and as noted in a previous correspondence, duplicate sets were also included in error.
Please destroy any duplicates if you have not already done so as they include the very same information as your ID card or keep them in the event you lose your ID card or it becomes worn or damaged.
But before slipping your card back into your wallet, please take a moment to note that effective January 1, 2018, as a result of collective bargaining, some copays in the CIGNA Copay Plan may vary by bargaining unit or non-represented status. Note the sample here and your copays appear on the right side of the ID card sent by CIGNA under the UMS logo and are applicable to your respective bargaining unit or non-represented status.
And don’t forget that customer service telephone number on the back of the card too. When you call 1-800-244-6224, a customer service representative can help you find a provider or service that fits you and your plan. You can connect to a health coach to manage your health, feel better, or manage a condition. You can check with a pharmacist about your medications and any potential interactions to be aware of, access the nurse line or find out more about telehealth.
Cigna is there to help.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to become more active in your preparations for retirement, the latest TIAA checklist sent earlier this month has some outstanding suggestions on ways to make that happen
Talk to a financial consultant
A TIAA financial consultant can review your retirement finances and help you with a plan for moving closer to your goals....
Or get education and advice online with the Retirement Advisor tool.
Either way, the experience may move you closer to where you want to be in planning for your retirement from the University of Maine System.
Call 866-861-8363 or visit online to schedule an appointment with a financial consultant.
To use use the Retirement Advisor Tool.
Plan for enough income in retirement
How do you know if you're on track for the income you will need in retirement? Create your own Retirement Budget to see what your income and expenses might look like.
Start a family conversation about your financial goals
Talking about money and inheritance with parents, children, or relatives can be a challenge. But it may help protect your family's financial future.
Watch TIAA's short video on family meetings
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Need to Save for Retirement or
Want to Contribute More?
Calendar 2018 Annual Voluntary Tax-Deferred Annuity Eligibility Notice
The University of Maine System offers employees the opportunity to save for retirement and supplement basic pension benefits by making contributions on a pre-tax basis, saving Federal and State taxes. Contributions may be made up to the maximum permitted by the Internal Revenue Code [Section 403(b) and 415] with TIAA-CREF. See below for further information. To find out who is eligible, how to enroll or make changes to your plan, go to the UMS employee portal www.myyms.maine.edu, under Human Resources/Employee Information/Benefits headings.
If you are currently participating in the University of Maine System’s 403(b) plan with TIAA-CREF, you may be able to save even more for retirement by increasing your pre-tax contributions.
HOW MUCH CAN I CONTRIBUTE?
In general, you may elect to contribute up to $18,500 in calendar year 2018. This amount is the general limit on what you can elect to defer under the 403(b) plan and may be adjusted annually in accordance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines. Additional catch-up contributions may be permitted if certain criteria are met. Specifically, if you are at least age 50 (or will turn age 50 during the calendar year), you may defer an additional $6,000 contribution, which is referred to as a catch-up contribution.
This means that if you are under age 50, you may contribute a maximum of $18,500 in calendar 2018; if you are age 50 or older or will turn age 50 sometime during calendar year 2018, you may contribute a maximum of $24,500 ($18,500 plus $6,000 age 50 catch-up).
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE 403(b) PLAN?
To begin pre-tax contributions or to change your current pre-tax contributions, please complete your elections online in MaineStreet. If you do not have access to a computer, contact the Employee Benefits Center (EBC) at (866) 269-9635 and complete a Salary Reduction Agreement. You may change your 403(b) contributions during the calendar year. In addition, you must also establish an account directly with TIAA-CREF, the sole record keeper. You may, of course, keep your contributions at their current level.
All UMS employees who are eligible to tax-defer income under the 403(b) plan are also eligible to defer under the University’s 457(b) plan. While the 457(b) plan operates similarly to any other tax-deferred voluntary option relative to deferral of federal and state taxes, IRS regulations currently permit you to defer the calendar year maximum under each plan. The 457(b) calendar maximums are the same as the 403(b) limits above. Therefore, if you are under age 50, you could defer a total of $18,500 in the 403(b) plan and $18,500 in the 457(b) plan; if you are age 50 or older or will turn age 50 sometime during the calendar year, you could defer a total of $24,500 in the 403(b) plan and $24,500 in the 457(b) plan. To begin or change contributions under the 457(b) plan, please complete your elections on line in MaineStreet. If you do not have access to a computer, contact the EBC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 269-9635 and complete a Salary Reduction Agreement.
The University of Maine System does not provide legal, tax, or financial advice. Employees are encouraged to contact their financial representative or tax professional.
So much to keep in mind and so much to remember when it comes to managing your UMS benefits, but now there is a great way to stay connected to baseline information as well as the latest developments.
It’s the UMS Office of Human Resources Comprehensive Benefits Overview webinar powered by Zoom; an interactive forty-five minutes that guides you through the important aspects of your benefits and also fields your good questions at the same time.
Offered on a monthly basis beginning January 23, 2018, the webinar will:
If you have just come on board since December 1, 2017, look for your special invitation to register for the webinar.
If you aren’t a new employee, but want to participate, email email@example.com and an invitation will be coming your way shortly for the next available webinar.
Time an issue? You can access the presentation at any time and watch or listen at your own convenience. The webinar begins approximately one minute into the presentation.
Staying current with your University of Maine System benefits
has never been easier!
Contact Your Employee Benefits Center
firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-269-9635
Employee Health Plan Task Force a.k.a. EHPTF!
Nobody does acronyms better than higher education and one to keep in mind particularly at this time of year…at least as far as the University of Maine System is concerned…is EHPTF.
Otherwise known as the Employee Health Plan Task Force, EHPTF is a multi-stakeholder forum providing guidance to the University of Maine System regarding health care benefits for employees and their dependents.
Short version? In a world where UMS is “self-insured” paying for all medical and prescription claims for covered employees and their dependents, EHPTF’s leadership is very important to supporting health care management practices that impact both quality and cost.
Comprised of bargaining unit representatives, colleagues from a wide spectrum of other System groups, University of Maine System Human Resources and partners such as Cigna, EHPTF concentrates its efforts this time of year by recommending actions that will contribute to continuing a competitive employee health care benefit. At the same, the task force’s work is also directed toward reducing the cost trend for the employee health plan. In the process, the financial stability of UMS is enhanced while also mitigating potential health care premium increases for employees.
Stave Off the Blues:
Specially Designed Lenses
Are digital screens keeping you up at night leaving you sluggish the next day? Sounds like it could be time to ask your eye doctor about options to keep the blues at bay.
With the average person spending 7.4 hours per day using digital devices, blue light has become a real threat to our health.1
By day, natural blue light helps our bodies remain attentive and in good spirits by suppressing the secretion of melatonin and keeping it in check. As day turns to night, our melatonin levels rise and prepare us for sleep. Today, with increased exposure to artificial lighting and digital screens, artificial blue light disrupts our natural sleep patterns.
Without getting too scientific, blue light rays are part of the natural visible light spectrum. They can be found naturally in the sun but also in energy-saving fluorescent light-bulbs and digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.
Research has proven that prolonged exposure to blue light emitted from digital screens can lead to digital eye strain, exacerbate the early on-set of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and compromise our general health and well-being.2
Filter it out
What can we do to protect our baby blues and ensure a good night’s sleep?
The good news is that protecting our peepers has never been easier. With advanced filtering technology now available in lenses, you can rest assured your eyes will be protected.
Blue light protection can be applied to the lenses in your glasses in two ways. It can either be added to the lens material itself, or it can be added to a lens as a finishing coat. While both options are helpful, some studies indicate that adding blue-light protection directly into the lens material may be more effective.
Joe Wende, sr. medical director at EyeMed Vision Care, suggests, “While we don’t yet understand the full impact of artificial blue light, there’s a lot of evidence indicating that it’s better to play it safe and wear blue light filtering lenses than take a risk and be sorry later.”
You should also know that, according to the American Optometric Association, a tinted lens is required to reduce retinal exposure to visible light.4 The AOA states that a yellow, amber, orange or red lens is required to protect the retina more fully from blue light. If you notice a warmer, tonal tinge in the lens, this means blue light lenses are getting the job done.
No matter what solution you and your doctor decide is right for you, choose a solution that filters harmful light off the screen, doesn’t distort color and preferably includes polycarbonate lenses, especially for kids.
Protect those baby blues
We know that blue light is part of your everyday life, so EyeMed vision benefits now offer blue light filtering technology options in your next pair of prescription glasses.
This means your eyes can stay protected for as little as $15*. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Talk to your eye doctor about what’s best for you. However you choose to protect your eyes from the harmful effect of blue light, EyeMed providers are committed to keeping your eyes healthy and safe so you see life to the fullest.
*In addition to the cost of any applicable material up-charge based on your frame and lens selection.
Pollen, dust mites and pet dander! Oh, my!
It’s here—allergy season. Our Board Certified doctors are ready to help with your runny noses, itchy eyes, congestion, and all other allergy symptoms.
Just give us a call or start a secure video chat anytime, anywhere. Call us at 1-888-726-3171
or visit us online at MDLIVE.com/
Keep your allergies in check.
Follow these simple tips provided by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to help relieve your seasonal allergy symptoms:
■ Keep your windows closed at night and use an air conditioner, if possible.
■ Wear a pollen mask if long-term outdoor exposure is expected.
■ Don’t mow the lawn or rake the leaves. If these chores are necessary, wear a mask.
■ Keep your car windows closed.
■ Don’t hang sheets and clothes outside to dry.
Fight back against indoor allergens.
The following tips can help reduce your indoor allergy symptoms:
■Reduce mite levels in your bedroom by washing bedding
regularly in hot water and drying it in a hot dryer.
■Cover your mattress with an allergen-proof cover.
■Address mold issues immediately. You can use a dehumidifier
in constantly damp areas to help reduce the spread of mold.