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New Health Assessment for COVA Care Members

New Health Assessment for COVA Care Members At the beginning of 2024, Anthem transitioned to a new Health Assessment called My Health Check-in. Unlike the former WebMD Health Assessment, My Health Check-in is 85% shorter and only takes about five minutes to complete. COVA Care Members will no longer be…

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Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Now Inspira Financial

HR News Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Changes The current Flexible Spending Account Administrator, PayFlex, which administers the Commonwealth’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) for state employees will be rebranded as “Inspira Financial” as of 2024. Here’s what employees can expect: Transitional messages added to the login page for PayFlex (payflex.com). The same…

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Kaiser Permanente Changed Dental Administrators

HR News Kaiser Permanente Changed Dental Administrators On January 1, 2024, Kaiser Permanente changed the Commonwealth of Virginia dental plan administrator from Dominion Dental to Liberty Dental Plan. Kaiser Permanente members with dental coverage were automatically transitioned from Dominion to LIBERTY with no changes to their dental benefits. Members received…

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Commuter Choice: Benefits for Northern Virginia-Based Employees

Commuter Choice: Benefits for Northern Virginia-Based Employees Save money this year! Full-time state employees in Northern Virginia qualify for up to $315 per month for public transit or vanpooling, thanks to an Executive Order. This a tax-free benefit. Visit the Mason Parking website for more details!

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Grubhub+: Exclusive Offer for Mason Employees

HR News Grubhub+: Exclusive Offer for Mason Employees Calling all Mason employees! Mason faculty, and staff receive unlimited $0 delivery fees on orders $18+ from Grubhub+ merchants. Order with Mason Money, and you can access endless food options, even in your hometown! Use your Mason email to register and explore…

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Next Hybrid Plan Voluntary Contribution Change Deadline

HR News Next Hybrid Plan Voluntary Contribution Change Deadline Hybrid Retirement Plan members can adjust their voluntary contribution elections on a quarterly basis – contributing up to 4% of their creditable compensation each month – to help meet their savings goals. Members can maximize a 4% voluntary contribution and will…

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Kaiser Permanente Is Changing Dental Administrators

HR News Kaiser Permanente Is Changing Dental Administrators Kaiser Permanente will change its dental administrator from Dominion Dental to Liberty Dental Plan effective January 1, 2024. Kaiser will notify all members by letter with details of the transition, including: Transition of Care (TOC) provisions available to members who are currently in…

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Use Your Tuition Benefit to Pursue an MA in Higher Ed at Mason!

Use your tuition benefit to pursue an MA in Higher Ed at Mason! Pursue a degree from Mason’s Higher Education Program (HEP)! Full-time employees receive up to 12 credits of tuition remission per academic year. Going part-time, you can complete the MA in Higher Education and Student Development in three…

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VRS Defined Contribution Plan Webinars

HR News VRS Defined Contribution Plan Webinars MissionSquare Retirement is hosting a series of retirement webinars as well as offering individual consultations. Topics include: Overview of the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and Cash Match Plan Understanding Your Investment Options Distribution Strategies View upcoming dates and register. If you have questions,…

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Pet Insurance Discount for State Employees

HR News Pet Insurance Discount for State Employees Did you know that Commonwealth of Virginia employees can get a discount on pet insurance with Spot Insurance? Check out the employee discounts page on the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) website to learn more!

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Fall Retirement Counseling Sessions with TIAA, Fidelity, and MissionSquare

Fall Retirement Counseling Sessions with TIAA, Fidelity, and MissionSquare TIAA, Fidelity, and MissionSquare visit Mason for individual consultations with members and non-members of the TIAA Optional Retirement Plan (faculty only) or 403(b) plans. Consultants can address specific concerns, review your investment strategy and portfolio allocations, and discuss retirement planning or…

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2023 Annual Benefit Statements Now Available in myVRS

HR News 2023 Annual Benefit Statements Now Available in myVRS The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) has posted the 2023 Member Benefit Profiles in the myVRS accounts for Plan 1, Plan 2 and Hybrid Retirement Plan members. The annual benefit statement is based on information employers report to VRS as of June…

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Sign Up for VRS Member News

Sign Up for VRS Member News Stay updated on the latest announcements from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). This newsletter is published quarterly and includes information about upcoming deadlines, webinars, and policy changes. Sign up at the VRS website.

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Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund

Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund The Virginia State Employee Assistance Fund (VSEAF) provides grants to eligible state employees suffering from a financial crisis as a result of an unplanned emergency or other event that impacts the employee or family members residing with the employee. The VSEAF is a recognized 501c(3)…

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State Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have employee assistance programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, financial, grief counseling, and legal services…

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VRS Selects New Record Keeper for Defined Contributions Plans

VRS Selects New Record Keeper for Defined Contributions Plans The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Board of Trustees has named Voya Financial to serve as the third-party record keeper for the VRS defined contribution plans (DCP) beginning January 1, 2025, subject to final contract negotiations. See news release. The selection follows…

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Shared Savings Incentive Program for COVA Members

Shared Savings Incentive Program for COVA Members COVA Care, COVA HDHP, and COVA HealthAware members are eligible for the Shared Savings Program. These incentive programs offer cash rewards to members when they shop for better-value health care services. Not every facility will bring a reward. The programs are strictly voluntary.…

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IRS Increases Deferred Compensation Contribution Limits

IRS Increases Deferred Compensation Contribution Limits The Internal Revenue Service has increased the maximum dollar amount you may contribute in 2023 to tax-deferred savings plans, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. The annual deferral limit for 457 plans for participants younger than age 50 has increased to…

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Beware of Unsolicited VRS Counseling Services

Beware of Unsolicited VRS Counseling Services VRS occasionally receives reports from members that various groups have contacted them to offer retirement counseling services or insurance products. Please be aware that VRS does not sell products or make unsolicited calls to offer services to members. All VRS counseling services are free…

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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Update

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Update The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has updated Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Effective January 10, 2023, Policy 4.20 changes the 12-month measurement period from the fixed 12-month period to a rolling 12-month period.     Please review the…

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