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New Websites Debut June 28
Upcoming Events
6/29/2016
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Office of Benefits & Retirement Services
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 will be arriving to your home via US Mail the week of June 27.  You should have your cards in hand before 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 will no longer be valid at the pharmacy to purchase prescriptions.

You can register with the WellDyneRX website at www.myWDRX.com effective July 1 by 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. The app is available on Itunes and on the Google Play Store.

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.
 
If you are currently receiving medications via mail-order pharmacy, the prescription information has been transferred to WellDyneRX, and you should be receiving information directly from WellDyneRX with instructions on registering and setting up your new delivery. If you do not follow the procedures to set up your new account with WellDyneRX, your prescriptions will NOT automatically be sent to you. You may wish to obtain a one-month retail prescription from your provider to assure that you have the medications you need until the mail-order deliveries begin. If you have issues or questions pertaining to your mail-order prescriptions, please contact WellDyneRX at 1-888-479-2000 or via email at MemberServices@welldynerx.com.  Click here for more information about enrolling in the Prescription Delivery Services.
Client Update-Patient First Update/June 1, 2016:
 
Effective immediately, Patient First is accepting new patients insured under all Anthem plans. Patient First has issued a media statement announcing this. Anthem is not planning any formal media statement or member communication, but we wanted to make you aware of this great news!
2015-2016 FLEXIBLE SPENDING PLAN YEAR ENDS JUNE 30, 2016
 
All 2015-2016 Flexible Spending Plan participants (Health Care and Dependent Care) must file claims by September 30, 2016 for the plan year ending June 30, 2016.  If you used your MySource ID Card and have substantiated your claims throughout the year, you do not need to file a paper claim.  Claims must be filed directly with Sheakley, the plan administrator.  You may locate the claim forms at www.Sheakley.com, or they may be found on the Benefits Department webpage by clicking this link.
 
Employees who are unable to spend their HEALTH CARE REIMBURSEMENT funds prior to the end of the 2015-2016 plan year, June 30, 2016, have an extra 2 1/2 months, after the plan year-end, to incur eligible expenses before forfeiting unused funds. It is essential to understand that the use-it-or-lose-it rule still exists, but the extension greatly softens the blow by allowing you more time to use your unspent FSA balances.  This extension does not apply to Dependent Care Reimbursement funds.
 
You have until September 15, 2016 to INCUR qualified health care expenses to exhaust your 2015-2016 plan year balance.
 
You have until September 30, 2016 to FILE YOUR CLAIM for reimbursement of any health care expenses or dependent care expenses you want applied to the 2015-2016 plan year.
 
Please be advised that claims for HEALTH CARE REIMBURSEMENT submitted within the 90 day grace period, which were incurred in the first 2 ½ months following the end of the 2015-2016 plan year, will be applied as follows:
  • Any unused funds from 2015-2016 will be applied first for reimbursement of the claim.
  • If the requested amount for reimbursement exceeds your leftover 2015-2016 balance, any 2016-2017 funds will be applied to the claim. 
Note: The 2 ½ month extension does not apply to terminated employees, or participants who have terminated their coverage during the plan year due to a qualified event.
 
If you have any questions regarding your claims submission or payments please contact Sheakley at 800-877-6630.

Preparing for Hybrid Retirement Plan Auto-Escalation

Beginning January 1, 2017, Hybrid Retirement Plan members’ voluntary contributions to their Hybrid 457 Deferred Compensation Plan accounts will automatically increase by 0.5 percent for those not already contributing the maximum 4 percent. Members will be able to opt out of the auto-escalation. There will be more information about how to opt out of auto-escalation as the time approaches.

The Hybrid 457 Plan was designed with an automatic escalation every three years to encourage members to maximize their tax-deferred retirement savings. The first increase will impact hybrid members hired on or before September 1, 2016, and who have a record in ICMA-RC’s system by September 15, 2016.


The Hybrid Retirement Plan Handbook  and the Understanding Your Contributions video also provide background information on auto-escalation.
 
The Importance of Voluntary Contributions
Voluntary contributions at various levels up to 4 percent allow members to accumulate additional savings on a pre-tax basis. We encourage you not to wait for auto-escalation to take effect. By contributing 4 percent now, you will receive the full 2.5-percent employer match. In addition, taxes on the contributions and earnings are deferred, providing even more financial benefit.
EMPLOYEE/STUDENT PURCHASE PROGRAM
PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program Update
This program is available on a first-come-first-served basis, contingent on the availability of budgeted funds. The Office of Benefits & Retirement Services has received a large number of reimbursement requests this year, and our funds are now depleted.  There are no funds currently available to provide reimbursement for new requests received through the PWCS Tuition Reimbursement funds.  Any new eligible requests received  for reimbursement for fiscal year 2015-16 will be placed on a waitlist.  Funding for courses taken July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 will be considered for the new fiscal year, contingent on the budget approved for 2016-17.  Courses taken within the 2015-16 fiscal year cannot be approved for 2016-17 funds.

Provisionally licensed teachers in core subject areas fall under the No Child Left Behind Tuition Reimbursement Program. Funds are currently still 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.  Tests for teachers in non-core subjects fall under the PWCS budget and will only be reimbursable as long as funds are available for this fiscal year.
 
Please visit the Tuition Reimbursement page for additional information about all tuition reimbursement options or contact Jill Argueta with specific questions.
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 LiveHealth Online helped Tom and Rebecca
“The doctor was really friendly, she seemed really knowledgeable, and it’s something we really thought was a great experience.”
 
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VRS Hybrid Consultations Scheduled​
Steven Scott, representative from ICM-RC will be available monthly, by appointment only, at the Kelly Leadership Center in room 3208 for individual consultations with PWCS employees regarding their Hybrid VRS accounts.   THIS IS FOR VRS HYBRID MEMBERS ONLY for information regarding the defined contribution portion of the Hybrid plan with ICMA-RC.  These appointments would not be valid for VRS Plan 1 or Plan 2 members who do not hold ICMA-RC accounts.  Please contact Jill Argueta at arguetjd@pwcs.edu or 703.791.8927 to for upcoming dates and to schedule your appointment.  Please refer to the Benefits Web page calendar on the right for these and all future dates.

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