Benefits

Welcome to the Gallaudet University's Benefits website. Gallaudet University offers a comprehensive benefits package to its regular status staff, faculty, and teachers. This website will enable you to view detailed information regarding each benefit offered by the University. Please refer to the links on the left side. The Benefits Office is also available to assist you in understanding and maximizing your benefits. You can reach the Benefits Office through email or by phone 202-250-2419 (V/VP). You can also stop by the Benefits Office in College Hall, Room 114A.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

* There was a cyber attack on Anthem's information technology system and a resulting data breach. It is unknown at this time the extent to which the data breach may affect members of other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. CareFirst is working with Anthem and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as the breach is investigated, and will provide information as warranted about the breach and any impact on CareFirst members.  Further information about the data breach may be found at www.AnthemFacts.com. UPDATE: The Office of Personnel Management, who oversees the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), just released the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  

* The IRS has increased the TSP limit for 2015. Employees can contribute up to $18,000 to their TSP accounts in 2015. The catch-up contribution limit (for employees who are 50 or over) has increased to $6,000. Please contact the Payroll Office if you wish to increase your contribution to TSP.

* Effective January 1, 2015, temporary employees are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Temporary employees must meet the following criteria: 1) work at a minimum 30 hours per week or 130 hours per month and 2) must be expected to work at least 90 days. The premium will be shared by the employee and the University. For more information on FEHB, please visit this link.

EVENTS

Service Day: We will be having a Service Day on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 11AM to 1PM at JSAC MPR. Service Day is an opportunity for employees to come talk with representatives from various insurance companies. If you have a complaint about your plan or would like to find more information, you can speak with the representative. This is also an opportunity for new hires to attend to help them make their decision on which insurance to choose. So far, there will be 10 insurance companies participating. Light refreshments will be provided.   

BCBS Lunch and Learn- Cholesterol Education: Have you been told to lower your cholesterol level? Do you know how and why? Learn what cholesterol is and what the suggested levels are. High blood cholesterol levels can affect your health, so learn dietary and non-dietary strategies to reduce cholesterol levels. Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) will be providing a Lunch and Learn on Cholesterol Education on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 12-1PM at SAC 1011. If interested, e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu. 

Liberty Mutual's "Welcome Back" Rita's Water Ice Event: Liberty Mutual's representative will be on campus on Thursday, September 10 from 11AM to 1PM at SAC Alcove #1.  Stop by to grab a free Rita's Water Ice and learn more about Liberty Mutual. 

EAP Orientation Lunch and Learn: APS Healthcare's representative will be giving an orientation on what Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides for Gallaudet University employees on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from noon to 1PM at SAC 1011.  Come and learn more about EAP and take an advantage of the program.  Desserts will be provided.  If interested, please e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu

BCBS Lunch and Learn- Diabetes Education: Diabetes is one of the fastest growing public health issues in America! Get the latest research results on diabeted including the definition and history of diabetes, risk factors, classifications and normal blood glucose levels, diagnostic criteria for diabetes, and treatment options. Blue Cross and Blue Sheild (BCBS) will be providing a Lunch and Learn on Diabetes Education on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 12-1PM at SAC 1011. If interested, e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu. 

Kaiser's Lunch and Learn- "Transformational Thinking": Transformational Thinking is an unique approach to using what is known as your belly mind, heart mind and upper mind to increase whole body awareness. Stress can come from over use of the analytic mind. Learn mediation and breathing techniques to relieve stress, expand your awareness and refine your mind. Kaiser Permanente will be providing a Lunch and Learn on "Transformational Thinking" and they will be on campus on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from noon to 1PM at SAC 1011.  If interested, please e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu

Kramer Wealth Managers- "Advanced Estate Planning": Kramer Wealth Managers will be presenting on "Advanced Estate Planning" on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from noon to 1PM at SAC 1011. Come and learn more about advanced estate planning. If interested, e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu

Open Season Benefits Fair: We will be having an open season benefits fair on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 12PM to 4PM at JSAC MPR.  It is an opportunity for you to learn about different insurance companies and to see if you want to change your insurance plan. 

Any questions regarding the events, please e-mail benefits@gallaudet.edu

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