HSA – Web Tutorial (Bank of America)

Learn how to manage your Health Savings account through Highmark (Bank of Americia) by viewing this web tutorial.  You will learn how to access your account on-line, how to submit and pay claims on-line and how to use your debit card.

Open Enrollment FY 2014-15

Open enrollment is now open from April 1st through April 30th for the medical, dental or vision plans.  Enrollment or changes are due to HR by May 1st.

For more information on the open enrollment process, please click on the link below to access the Open Enrollment Benefits Guide.

 

Employee Informational Presentation: Medicare & Qualified High Deductible Health Plan

Click here to access the Henderson Brothers presentation on Medicare Enrollment and its impact on your eligibility to join the Qualified High Deductible Health Plan.  If you have additional questions after reviewing the information or need personal assistance, you can sign up for a one-on-one consultation with a Henderson rep on February 11 and 12 by calling the Office of Human Resources at ext 2312.

Employee Informational Presentation : 2014-2015 Medical & Prescription Drug Program

Please click here for a copy of the presentation given by Henderson Brothers to employees on the changes to Allegheny College’s healthcare program for 2014-15.

Go Green – Paperless Pay Stubs

You can go paperless and access your pay stub, earnings statements and W-2 forms 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  To register for on-line access to your pay and earnings, go to https://ipay.adp.com and click on “Register Now”

 Enter the following Registration Code:   ALLEGHCOLL-IPAY 

You will then be prompted to complete a registration process during which you must enter contact and security information, answer a few security questions and create a password.  Your password must be at least eight characters long and must contain at least one letter and either one number or special character.  Also, your password is case sensitive.  The security questions will be used to verify your identity if you ever forget your user ID or password. 

Upon completing the registration process, you will receive a system generated User ID by e-mail from ADP.  Once you receive your user ID from ADP, you will be able to access your pay statement at https://ipay.adp.com and register for paperless pay stubs under the “Resource Center” by clicking on “Go Paperless.”  

If you have any additional questions, please call the Payroll Manager at ext. 4792.

Retirement Planning Articles from Tiaa-Cref

“Making the most of your Retirement Income Sources” is targeted at plan participants age 55 and older. The article establishes the importance of lifetime income, and discusses the various sources of income available to retirees and how they can combine them effectively into an annual income stream that will help meet their needs. The article also discusses the role of annuities in creating a retirement income stream and the importance of working with an advisor to help meet specific retirement needs.  To learn more, click here.

“Decisions on the Cusp of Retirement” is aimed at employees about to retire (age 55-64).  Some of the questions to consider are how should I be invested now?  How will I leverage my investments as sources of retirement income?  Who will make investment decisions for me if I become incapacitated?  How can I get my retirement house in order for a more enjoyable retirement?  To learn more, click here.

“Retiring with Holes in Your Safety Net” is specifically targeted at participants age 55 and older retiring with limited assets.  The article discusses how to create a retirement income stream and the role of annuities in doing so.  It also touches on budgeting, part-time jobs, asset allocation.  To learn more, click here.

Health Advocate Service from Highmark: myCare Navigator

Do you need help finding the right doctor…scheduling an appointment…assistance in expediting difficult appointments…transferring medical records…getting a second opinion…understanding your medical or prescription drug benefit…? 

Now, for Highmark members, getting help with these or other care-related services is as easy as dialing myCare Navigator at 1-888-BLUE-428.  There will be an option that you can choose to be connected with myCare Navigator

This service is free of charge to all Highmark members and their families (including spouses, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children) and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

When you call myCare Navigator, you will work with a dedicated Health Advocate who can answer your questions and help with any care related issue or concern.   Print the attached myCare Navigator informational sheet for easy reference when you need answers to your health-related questions. 

TIAA-CREF Financial Education Web Seminars

Whether you are a new employee, at mid-career, or nearing retirement, TIAA-CREF’s financial education Web seminars provide a convenient alternative for those who are unable to attend a live seminar or workshop.  

Tiaa-Cref’s Web seminars can provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to plan and invest wisely for the future.  The Web seminars include topics for new employees just starting out, employees approaching retirement, employees with 10 or more years before retirement, and information on staying on track in a volatile market. 

To view one of the above Tiaa-Cref Financial Education Web Seminars, click on the following link:   http://www.tiaa-cref.org/financialeducation

Highmark On-line Weight Management Programs

Participate in HealthMedia Balance, a weight management and physical activity program offered through your Highmark medical plan. Balance is an ideal program for individuals who want to lose weight, maintain a recent weight loss, or prevent weight gain associated with aging.

Balance is not a pre-set nutrition and exercise plan. Instead it teaches you how to make your own smart decisions about managing your weight. Balance is convenient, private, and easy to use. Simply complete and submit the Balance questionnaire to receive a Personal Plan for Weight Management built especially for you. Your plan will provide personalized strategies for making healthy food selections, increasing physical activity, and developing a positive self-image. Soon, you’ll be on your way to living a longer, healthier, happier life!

Get started on the path to success:
• Go to www.highmarkbcbs.com.
• Complete the login process, entering your user name and password.
• If you do not have a user name and password, please follow the directions and create one as instructed.
• Click the “Your Health” tab.
• Click “Improve Your Health.”
• Choose Balance to enroll.

TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan Advice

Did you know that TIAA-CREF can evaluate your current portfolio and make recommendations to help maximize your retirement savings as part of your retirement plan benefits at no charge through a telephone consultation? You will receive a customized report with personal advice tailored to your goals and life stage.

Three types of advice are offered through Ibbotson Associates*:

  1. Early- and mid-career advice (10 or more years from retirement),
  2. Mid-career/Pre-retiree transition advice (2 to 10 years from retirement), and
  3. Pre-Retiree/Retiree Advice (1 year from retirement)

Schedule a Consultation today

Call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-719-0988
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) or
Go to tiaa-cref.org and select Retirement Planning and Advice

* Ibbotson Associates is an independent investment authority and Registered Investment Advisor founded by Roger Ibbotson, Yale University.