Dear GW Community,
Are you ready to take your well-being to the next level? Continuing with the momentum of our Well-being Wednesdays introduced last month, in April we celebrate financial literacy month and are bringing to you another new offering specifically featuring financial well-being! Find a moment to gauge your financial well-being by taking a financial check-up assessment, explore what financial well-being means to you and discover opportunities to improve through exclusive only-at-GW interactive webinars and events. Additional information about this new initiative is below. Please join us!
Also, this month we offer several new Well-being Wednesday events, host our Annual April Retirement fair, share tips for interacting with your UHC and SimpleTherapy benefits, and highlight details of the Active & Fit Direct program. Don’t forget to check out the benefit reminders and opportunities to connect 1:1 with our benefit vendor partners.
If you have questions about any of the benefits featured in GWell or other benefits programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW! GW's Financial Well-being Campaign Kickoff
With April being National Financial Literacy month, there's no better time to kick off our GW financial well-being campaign and raise awareness about the importance of financial literacy as well as engaging in smart money management habits. Grab your GW financial passport and join us on our journey together towards improved financial well-being.
During your travels, acquire unique GW stamps and earn chances to win incentives along the way as you move through the following locations: managing money, building resilience, growing wealth, and protecting wealth.
This month features the introduction and foundations to financial well-being. As you get involved early, you'll be first to know about the ways to earn the fun collectable stamps and incentives to come.
Wherever you are traveling from, GW Benefits along with our vendor partners are here to help equip you with financial tools and resources to reach a healthy and secure destination.
In April the following events will be offered:
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
12PM ET I TIAA - Quarterly Economic and Market Update
1PM ET I Fidelity - Introduction to Financial Well-being
Monday, April 17, 2023
12PM ET I Fidelity - Five Money Musts
On Demand I UHC - Fundamentals of Financial Well-being
Thursday, April 20, 2023
10AM ET I TIAA - Introduction to Financial Well-being
11:30AM ET I Fidelity - Introduction to the GW Retirement Plans
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
On Demand I Fidelity - How You Money Series
Maximize SimpleTherapy's Care Team Resources
SimpleTherapy is available at no cost to GW medical plan participants and provides more than just personalized exercise sessions that are immediately accessible. Their robust clinical team consists of health coaches, behavioral coaches, physical therapists, Orthopedic surgeons, and everything in between. Through the SimpleTherapy platform, contacting a member of the care team has never been easier. Whether its motivation, guidance, program questions or a consultation, SimpleTherapy is here to help you navigate your personal healthcare needs. Enroll this month to be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card.*
*Please note winnings are taxable and will be included in employee’s payroll.
Why is UHC Calling me?
When your phone’s caller ID says “UnitedHealthcare,” it could be a nurse making sure you’re set with after-care instructions or offering you information about a program that can help you navigate through a complex diagnosis. UHC is reaching out with information and resources that could help make a difference in improving your health.
If you do miss the call or have questions about your UnitedHealthcare coverage, please call the toll-free number on your health plan ID card.
Active & Fit Direct Price Increase
With one membership, there are thousands of ways to stay active with Active & Fit Direct. Check out the new work out classes for all levels on YouTube and Facebook by following @MyActiveandFit. Classes are posted daily at 6am and 6:45am ET. Please note, the addition of new Active & Fit Direct programming opportunities for the standard gym network has led to an increase from $25 to $28 a month effective April 1, 2023. The separate $28 enrollment fee for new registrants is waived through 6/30/2023 using code: SWEAT4SPRING.
Paid Time Off Reminder
Did you know that using your paid time off doesn't need to look like a fancy getaway vacation? A staycation can be just as fun and rewarding while also being cost effective! It is also a great way to use up your remaining annual time balance prior to the closing of the fiscal year on June 30*. The Harvard Business Review found that the improved productivity seen in employees taking time away from work improves happiness, well-being, and success in the workplace. Share with us tips on how you spend your vacations or staycations by tagging us on our Benefits Twitter page!
*Please review your annual time balance in the Time Reporting System as well as the annual time carryover policy to ensure you take your well-earned time away from work.
Tuition Remission Benefit Summer 2023
If you would like to take advantage of the tuition remission benefit for Summer 2023 courses, please be sure to mark your calendar with the following deadlines:
To apply for the tuition remission benefit, you must submit the tuition remission application through GWeb by June 15.
To apply for tax exemption for work-related courses, you must complete the online graduate course certification process by June 15.
Attention 2022 FSA participants! If you have eligible expenses you have not yet submitted to Payflex for 2022, you have until April 30, 2023 to do so. Please see the Filing a Claim with Payflex PDF and the applicable deadline information highlighted below.
- Health Care FSA members – your claims must be for eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2022* and March 15, 2023.
- Dependent Day Care FSA members – your claims must be for eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2022* and December 31, 2022.
Per IRS requirements, any funds remaining in your account on April 30 will be forfeited.
*If your effective date of coverage is after January 1, 2022, you can only submit claims for eligible expenses incurred on or after your effective date through the end dates listed above.
Relax and Rejuvenate - Free Employee Seated Massages!
Faculty and staff can enjoy free seated massages at Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology campuses this spring!
Foggy Bottom - University Student Center
April 19, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
VSTC - Enterprise Hall
April 25, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
April 20 at 10:15am ET and 4:15pm ET
The Good, the Bad and the Cumulative – Is all stress equal?
Whether you’re working onsite, from home, or a combination of the two, it can be easy for the lines between stress inside and outside of work to become blurred. If this has been a challenge for you, you are far from alone. However, it is important to understand what this stress means for you and when it is time to reach out for help. In this webinar, Jeff Gorter, MSW, LCSW, R3 Continuum’s Vice President of Crisis Response Clinical Service, will examine the different kinds of stress, how to recognize and manage stress within yourself, and how to seek help when you need it.
Register here: Health Advocate
April 24 at 10am ET
15-Minute Stretch Break with SimpleTherapy
The goal of these brief stretch break sessions is to help alleviate some of the daily stress and stiffness that can accumulate on a daily basis due to prolonged sitting and unhealthy posture. SimpleTherapy will be demoing a few basic, but effective stretches and movements that can be done in the workplace or at home without severely interrupting your workflow or productivity.
Register here: GW Benefits
Mark Your Calendar and Check Back Often!
Did you know we have a GW Benefits event webpage? Be sure to check it out throughout the month as additional opportunities will be added!
Monthly Benefits Vendors' Meetings...
1:1 UnitedHealthcare Meetings
Meet with GW’s UnitedHealthcare representative, Jessica Wachter, to review outstanding claims and/or ask questions about your medical coverage.
Meetings can be conducted either in-person at the University Student Center or virtually. Jessica will reach out prior to your appointment to confirm your preference and provide a meeting link for virtual appointments.
For future appointments, please use the arrows in the upper right corner to scroll to the next month.
1:1 Retirement Counseling
Retirement plan participants can schedule financial counseling by appointment with TIAA or Fidelity. To book an appointment, call your preferred provider or use the online booking systems listed below:
Fidelity Investments - Make an appointment online or call 800-642-7131
TIAA - Make an appointment online or call 866-843-5640
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Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: (571) 553-8382
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