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Friday, February 27, 2015

All Prince William County Public Schools will open two hours late due to weather-related conditions, including refreezing and likely icy areas. SACC will open two hours late, bus delays are possible in unplowed or unpaved areas. Please make plans to deal with unexpected delays. Parents always have the option to keep children home if they have safety concerns.​  
Office of Benefits & Retirement Services

Anthem has provided information on how to immediately enroll in credit protection services to all members who are potentially impacted by the Cyber Attack.
Starting February 13, 2015, current and former Anthem members can visit to learn more about credit monitoring and identity theft repair services provided by AllClear ID, a leading and trusted identity protection provider. All services are available for two years. 
  • Identity theft repair services are available to Anthem members who feel they have experienced fraud. For members who have been impacted by the cyber attack, these services are automatically available and do not require enrollment. Please visit to learn how to access these services. Members may access identity repair services by calling 877-263-7995.
  • Credit monitoring services require a member to actively enroll because the member must provide their personal information and consent to have their credit monitored. Members can enroll at any time during the 24 month coverage period, and can learn how to sign up at Members who do not have access to the Internet may call 877-263-7995 for assistance.
Anthem EdWard Member Notice
Virginia residents who may have been impacted by the cyber attack against Anthem, should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem.

• DO NOT click on any links in email.
• DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.
• DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in email.
• DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.

This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.

Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.

For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC Website:

For more information on the cyber attack, please visit

VRS Hybrid Plan Information
It is important to remember that VRS Hybrid plan members can elect to save up to 4% voluntary savings in the VRS Hybrid plan with ICMA-RC.  You must do this by registering with ICMA-RC through VRS here: .

If you wish to make voluntary contributions to your VRS 457 account, you have until March 15 to make changes that will begin with your paychecks from April 15 forward.  Any changes made after March 15 will not impact your check until the next quarter – with July 15 paychecks. 

  If you have questions about the Hybrid plan, please contact Steve Scott:

 or ICMA-RC Investor Services at: 
 1.VRS.DC.PLAN1 (1.877.327.5261), select option 1

IMCA-RC is conducting information seminars for Hybrid plan members throughout February and March.  Click here for the schedule.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP) February Newsletter
February 2015 Newsletter
Beacon Health Options Employee Assistant program has issued its latest newsletter for February, American Heart Month.  The newsletter has on the following topics:
  • Achieve Solutions new look and features
  • Heart Disease and Its Effect on the Family
  • The Greiving Process
  • Surviving a Breakup: Your Personal Survival Guide
2014 Retirement Savings Annual IRS Limits
The IRS has announced the 2015 contribution limits for retirement savings accounts, including contribution limits for 403(b) and 457 plans.  To change your contributions to Lincoln Financial please visit , call 1.800.234.3500 or contact the Lincoln Financial Retirement Consultant for your work location.
 TAX YEAR 2015 2014
AGE 49 AND UNDER $18,000 $17,500
AGE 50+ Additional $6,000 Additional $5,500

Maternity Workshop Scheduled for March 2, 2015
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 on March 2, 2015, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm in room 1101. We will provide 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 and indicate the number attending.
The PWCS tuition reimbursement program is for fully licensed teachers, provisionally licensed teachers in non-core subject areas and classified employees actively enrolled in a state-approved teaching program, 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.  Since the beginning of the budget year, the Office of Benefits & Retirement Services has received a large number of reimbursement requests, and our funds will very soon be depleted. At this time there are very limited funds available for requests for classes within the current fiscal year through June 30, 2015.  If you are currently registered for a class you would like considered for reimbursement, please submit your paperwork as soon as possible.  We process requests in the order received, and any requests received after funds are depleted will be put on a waitlist.  Your request must include the following:
  •  reimbursement form
  • course description
  • proof of payment.
It is essential to note that we will not accept paperwork for courses that are already completed.  All course requests require approval as soon after registration as possible, per our regulation. Our budgets do not allow any exceptions to this regulation.

Provisionally licensed teachers in core subject areas fall under the No Child Left Behind Tuition Reimbursement Program. Funds are currently available with this program for current fiscal year classes and VCLA, VRE, Praxis II and other tests required for completion of provisional licensure for core subject teachers through NCLB. Testing reimbursement is only available for tests required for teacher certification requirements, and only for current teachers in core subjects, not teaching assistants, as regulated by the NCLB grant.

Additional information, amounts of reimbursement and forms are available on the Tuition Reimbursement Pages from the navigation menu or by emailing .

LiveHealth Online - Anthem Health Service

Enroll at 

What is LiveHealth Online?
LiveHealth Online is a convenient way for you to talk with and get treatment from a doctor at or on your smartphone or tablet using the free app. It is secure, private, easy-to-use and affordable. You can have live, instant or planned visits with doctors seven days a week, 24 hours a day. You use two-way video conferencing, along with instant messaging.

Why would I use LiveHealth Online instead of going to visit my doctor in person?
The choice to use LiveHealth Online is different for each person. For some, busy schedules, location or other conflicts make it hard to get to the doctor’s offi ce. It also depends on the type of condition you need care or treatment for.  Sometimes there’s just no substitute for going to the doctor in person. But other times, the convenience of having a doctor a click away can help you get the care you need when you need it.

When is LiveHealth Online available?
Doctors are available on LiveHealth Online seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Do doctors have access to my health information?
If you enroll and set up an account, doctors who use LiveHealth Online can access your health information and review previous treatment recommendations and information from prior LiveHealth Online visits.

How much does it cost to use LiveHealth Online?
You can see a doctor using LiveHealth Online for the same cost as your regular doctor visits. You just have to enroll for free at or on the app, and choose a doctor to see your cost. Without enrolling, your health plan won’t be able to cover your visit.
LiveHealth Online - Easy, fast doctor visits.
All from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device.

Smartphone or tablet using the free app.

ValueOptions Name Change

Sharing the News:  ValueOptions and Beacon merge
to form Beacon Health Options

PWCS‘s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider has changed their name.  Our provider ValueOptions has finalized a merger with Beacon Health Strategies and now they are one company called Beacon Health Options. 

They began as two companies with one common mission: helping people live life to the fullest potential.  Today, they are Beacon Health Options, the premier partner in providing behavioral health solutions to large regional and specialty health plans, employers and labor organizations of all sizes, as well as federal, state and local governments. Founded through a strategic merger between Beacon Health Strategies and ValueOptions—two unmatched leaders in the behavioral health services sector—Beacon Health Options delivers best-in-class care to 45 million individuals across all 50 states and the United Kingdom

Beacon Health Options focuses on the individual, providing tailor-made solutions through localized care and a real understanding of the populations they serve.  Additionally, providers and members will still call the same telephone numbers for service, 877-215-9776.  Beacon Health Options will continue to answer the ValueOptions phone line as they do today and they will continue provide EAP services at no cost to PWCS employees.  


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