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4J Benefits and Wellness Newsletter – October 2017 – Issue 298

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Prepared by Julie Wenzl • 541-790-7682 • wenzl@4j.lane.edu • October 6, 2017 • Issue Number 298


The 4J Joint Benefits Committee, in partnership with Cascade Health, is offering a free Healthy Sleep wellness class to 4J employees. The class will take place:

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • César Chávez Elementary Library

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn the science behind healthy sleep and why it is so important
  • Discover the important elements of a good night’s sleep and create your own “sleep plan”
  • Practice sleep enhancing techniques to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer

Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th to Julie Wenzl: wenzl@4j.lane.edu or 541-790-7682.


Common influenza causes fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache and muscle aches. A flu shot cannot prevent all cases of the flu, but it is the best protection we have against the flu and its complications. A flu vaccine also helps prevent spreading flu from person to person. The best time to get your flu shot is in October or November, before the height of flu season; however, vaccination later in the season also can help protect against the flu.

The 2017-2018 vaccine available at the 4J flu shot clinics will help protect against 4 different influenza viruses: 2 A strains and 2 B strains. The providers will be using Latex-free prefilled syringes and the vaccine does not contain thimerosal.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, but there are different protocols for young children. Our particular vaccine is not approved for children under 10, so if you have children you would like to get vaccinated who are not eligible for the 4J flu shot clinics, you will need to contact your pediatrician.

Two flu shot clinics will be held in 4J for you to get this year’s vaccination. These clinics will be held in the Ed Center Auditorium, from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM:

  • Thursday, October 12
  • Tuesday, October 17

4J flu shot clinic eligibility extends to:

  • all active employees (even those who are not insurance eligible due to less than half-time status)
  • all insurance eligible dependents of active employees, including those who have waived coverage
  • all retirees and their dependents who are currently covered on the 4J insurance
  • student teachers and substitutes (licensed and classified)

4J flu shot clinic eligibility does not extend to:

  • retirees who are no longer on the 4J insurance
  • retirees’ dependents who are not on the 4J coverage (even when the retiree is still covered)

In this case, “dependents” refers to spouses and domestic partners, as well as insurance eligible children age 10 or over. All children 10-16 years of age must have a parent or guardian with them to be vaccinated.                                                          

The staff providing the vaccinations will need easy access to the deltoid muscle below the shoulder (upper arm). Please dress accordingly.


Medical, vision, pharmacy and dental plans are administered on a plan-year basis. The new plan year begins October 1, 2017, and goes through September 30, 2018. The deductible and accruals toward maximum out-of-pocket reset October 1 regardless of whether they were met the previous plan year. However, if you did not meet your medical deductible during the previous plan year and had continuous coverage, any expenses applied to your medical deductible during the last 3 months of the previous plan year will be carried over and applied to the medical deductible for the new plan year.

While the new insurance rates take effect October 1st, we pay our monthly insurance premiums at the end of the month, not the beginning. Thus, active employees and retirees still receiving a paycheck will see the rate change reflected in the October 31st paychecks. Retirees who have arranged for payment from a bank account will see the change in rates in the November 5th ACH payment.

Please check your paycheck or bank statement to verify that you have been charged the correct amount for your insurance elections.


Like our insurance plan year, the new FSA plan year will begin October 1, 2017, and run through September 30, 2018. If you completed an online FSA enrollment for dependent care expenses and/or unreimbursed eligible health-related expenses, you should see the first deduction come out of your end of October paycheck.

If you have any questions, the PacificSource Administrators Customer Service number is 541-485-7488. You can access the PSA website at http://psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/.


If you signed up to participate in the Healthy Futures Incentive Program during the recently concluded OEBB open enrollment, you agreed to complete your annual health assessment during a specific two-month period: August 15 – October 15, 2017. If you still need to complete your Health Assessment, and need some direction on how to complete this task, read on.

  1. Start on the Moda website for OEBB members: https://www.modahealth.com/oebb/.
  2. Log into your myModa account.  If you cannot remember your user name and/or password, please click the link for Forgot your password or Forgot your user name.

If you have not yet set up a myModa account, you will need to Create an account.  To create an account you will need your Subscriber ID that is listed on your Moda Health medical card.

  1. Once logged in click on the link called Momentum under the myHealth section of the page.
  2. Once you’ve agreed to the terms and conditions, you can start your Health Assessment.

For assistance with your myModa account, contact Moda Health at 866-923-0409.


If you enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan for the first time during open enrollment, remember that you must choose a Moda Medical Home (MMH). If you are covering dependents on your plan, they too must choose a MMH. Each member of your family can choose a different MMH if they desire. Moda Health will be mailing information about medical home selection to new CCM Synergy network enrollees soon.

For the 2017-18 plan year, you will select your MMH through Moda Health. Medical home selection can be made one of the following ways:

  • Online:  You can login to your myModa account and indicate your selected Moda medical home for you, and any covered dependents under the age of 18. For dependents 18 and older, they will need to create their own myModa account and make their medical home selection.
  • Phone:  You may contact Moda Health Customer Service at 866-923-0409 and confirm MMH selection with a Medical Customer Service Representative.
  • E-mail:  You can e-mail your MMH selection to OEBBquestions@modahealth.com. Please be sure to include:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your date of birth
    • Your subscriber ID
    • The name of your medical home, along with the address you will be visiting for primary care

In order to change the medical home selection, members will need to use one of the options provided above. This change will be effective the first of the month following the notification of your new selection.

If you were enrolled in a CCM Synergy Network plan for the 2016-17 plan year, your current MMH election should roll-over for the new plan year.

Note: The 4J Wellness Clinic is a recognized CCM Synergy provider and a Moda Medical Home. If you would like to select the 4J Wellness Clinic as your Moda Medical Home it is listed as Cascade Health Solutions at 200 N. Monroe Street, Eugene Oregon 97402.

The information in this newsletter has been summarized. It is presented as information – not advice or counsel. In all instances, the benefits, conditions, and limitations as outlined in the 4J Master Contracts prevail over this representation. Please refer to your Benefits booklet or master contracts available at the District offices for additional information regarding your benefits plans.

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