Benefit Briefs

The Benefit Briefs newsletter highlights important Texas A&M University System benefit changes and information about your insurance and retirement plans. The Benefit Briefs archives are available if you need past information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Benefits Brief newsletter, please contact System Benefits Administration at employeebenefits@tamus.edu or call (979) 458-6330.

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Quick Reminders

Form 1095-C for the 2019 tax year is available electronically in Workday at https://sso.tamus.edu.  Once in Workday, click the Benefits Worklet. Select “My ACA Forms” in the View column.

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How Coinsurance Works

Coinsurance, a term found in every health insurance policy, is your out-of-pocket expense for a covered medical or health care cost after the deductible has been paid on your health care plan. The insurance company generally pays more of the coinsurance, expressed as a

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Naturally Slim Program Dates

Naturally Slim®, a program to help you lose weight and decrease your risk factors for metabolic syndrome using behavior modification, has been a success across the A&M System with over 4,300 pounds lost by employees and retirees in just the last session! Naturally S

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Walk Across Texas (WAT!)

Walk Across Texas is an 8-week program created by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with the goal of getting people in the habit of regular physical activity. WAT! gets its name from the 830 miles it would take to walk across the state of Texas. The goal of W

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America Saves Week 2020

America Saves Week 2020 is February 24th to February 29th. It is a nationally recognized campaign that encourages you to take a closer look at how you are saving in order to set yourself up for success in the year to come. TIAA, one of the Retirement Program partners of

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Elect to Receive your 1095-C Electronically

Form 1095-C is a form related to your health coverage that is needed to file your taxes. Affordable Care Act requires that you have the ability to elect to receive your tax Form 1095-C electronically. Don’t delay filing! Those who receive their forms electronically in W

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Tobacco Cessation Resources

The A&M System is a supporter of tobacco cessation. Quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of developing smoking-related diseases. According to the CDC, nearly 7 out of 10 adults reporting in 2015 that they wanted to quit using tobacco completely. Aggregate data

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Ready to Retire?

Many people experience a reduction in expenses after retirement, but some do not. Travel, medical expenses, long-term care, taxes, and more free time to spend are all reasons why you might need more funds in retirement than you think! TRS suggests trying to live on your

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Your Wellbeing Matters

Your Wellbeing Matters A recent Gallup study of 7,500 employees found that 23% reported feeling burnt out at work very often, while an additional 44% reported feeling burnt out sometimes. No one is immune from burn-out and it can cause prolonged loss of motivation, mood

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Two-Step Wellness Program Changes

Two-Step Wellness Program Changes In November, your wellness incentive checklist will be expanding! Eligible employees and spouses covered on the A&M Care Plans will still complete two steps to reduce their premium by $30, however, there will be many more personaliz

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The Importance of Preventive Care Screenings

The Importance of Preventive Care Screenings Many types of screenings and tests can catch a disease before it starts or in its early stages. This is critical for keeping health problems from developing into chronic conditions. Have you ever wondered where MyEvive, Blue

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Express Scripts Updates and Medicare Notice

Express Scripts Updates and Medicare Notice Opioid Management The Opioid Epidemic was brought on by alarming opioid-related statistics in recent years. In 2016 alone, 115 people died each day from a prescription pain killer overdose. Several prescriptions drug companies

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National Retirement Security Week

National Retirement Security Week When it comes to saving for retirement, there is never a better time than today to assess your progress toward meeting your retirement goals. With Oct. 20 through Oct. 26 designated as National Retirement Security Week, the opportunity

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