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Classified Benefits & Wellness Newsletter November 2018 Issue #3

Published by:
Diana McElhinney, Classified Benefits Coordinator
Phone:  541-790-7679  e-mail:  mcelhinney_d@4j.lane.edu

403(b) TSA Retirement Savings Incentive Program – Increase in Contribution!

Attention all classified employees!  Take advantage of this optional retirement plan to help secure a comfortable retirement.  Effective July 1, 2018, the district will pay 1.75% of your monthly salary into a retirement savings account, if you commit to .750%.

For Example: Every thousand dollars* you earn:

You contribute:            $  7.50
District contributes:      $17.50
your investment:          $25.00

*This is an example, using $1,000.  The monthly contributions will always be exact percentages of whatever your monthly gross salary is.

403(b) TSA Vendor Fair

You are cordially invited to attend a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) Vendor Fair.  This drop-in style format event will be a great opportunity to gather information on tax deferred retirement savings plans. This event will take place in the Ed Center Auditorium between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

There will be representatives on hand from the 3 eligible vendors who work with 4J classified employees.

Unable to attend the fair?  Open an account with one of the 3 vendors and complete a District 4J Salary Reduction Agreement.  Make a copy for your records, and then deliver the original to Financial Services in the Ed Center.

American Century Investments:  Offering 403(b) mutual fund custodial accounts.  Contact a dedicated professional:  1-800-345-3533

VALIC:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact Colin McDonnell, Kris Kartub, or Kathy Arendsen: 541-687-2221.

Voya:  Offering 403(b) annuity products.  Contact John Van Ravenhorst or Elle Brooks: 541-343-2928

The TSA Plan Salary Reduction form may be found on the 4J benefits webpage:
http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/benefits/faqs-forms-and-publications/.  Forms are also available in the Financial Services department.

Check Your Paystub!

Active employees and retirees still receiving a paycheck will see the new insurance rates that took effect October 1, 2018, reflected on their 10/31/2018 paystub.  Retirees who have arranged for payment from a bank account will see the change in rates in the November 5, 2018 ACH payment.

Under the Pre-Tax Deductions section of your wage statement, you should see your monthly insurance premium as well as any money you deposit into a Flexible Spending Account or Tax Sheltered Annuity.  If you purchased optional life insurance, you’ll see the premiums for that coverage in the After-Tax Deductions.

Please take a few minutes to verify that your deductions and plan elections are correct.

Classified Professional Education Program (PEP) Fund Information

The purpose of the fund is to provide opportunities in professional development and is intended to help classified employees improve professional knowledge, competence, skills, and effectiveness relevant to their current district position.

The program allows for reimbursement for job-related training activities, tuition reimbursement, registration or material costs, and conferences and workshops.

Normal program rules allow one request per fiscal (school) year, up to $300 for workshops, classes, books or other expenses related to professional development.  Requests are processed on a first-come, first served basis until funds run out.   PEP fund requests can be found on the HR website: http://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/forms/

Send completed forms to PEP Fund, Ed Center Attn: Classified Benefits Coordinator

Meet the New 4J Wellness Clinic Providers

You are cordially invited to an Open House on November 14, 2018 at the 4J Wellness Clinic from 4:30pm-6:30pm to meet our two new providers, Thor Hauff and Michelle Davila.

Developing relationships with a trusted primary medical provider leads to better outcomes and more effective preventative care.  We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity!  We are excited for you to meet and develop strong and positive provider relationships with Michelle and Thor.
Let’s start this process with a little background information about our new team members:

Thor Hauff, FNP-C

Thor’s training has been through his 26 year military career that included Army and Air Force service. He has worked as an RN in emergency care, medical/surgical, telemetry, outpatient, long term care, home health, and labor and delivery.  He received his FNP through USUHS, the militaries medical school in Bethesda, MD Aug of 2009.  His last job was at Eugene Urgent Care for 3 years (some of you might know him from there).  Throughout his time in urgent care his love for primary care and that relationship with his patients was dearly missed. Thor’s medical approach is science and evidence based.  He believes in improving the overall health of his patients and not just focusing on the symptoms.  Thor is married with 4 children ages 19, 16, 14, and 12 years old. His spouse, Nicole, is a stay at home mom and a photographer. Thor enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, golf, tennis, and other “lifetime” sports. Thor and his family are thankful to be settling down in the Willamette Valley to do what he loves, caring for patients.

Michelle Davila, FNP

FNP- Michelle and her family have lived in Oregon for 6 years. She has previously provided primary care at two federally qualified health centers (FQHC), one of which was a school based health center.  Prior to this experience she worked with adolescents and young adults at a youth academy and a college health center. Michelle earned her BSN from UT Health Science Center, her MSN from TX A&M University and her DNP from the University of Colorado. She enjoys working with individuals to optimize health through nutrition and daily activity. She likes seeing pediatric patients especially adolescents. Although her own adolescent cringes to think her mom will be taking care of her teachers, Michelle is thrilled to have this opportunity to better the health of the 4J community. Michelle enjoys hiking, jogging, reading and knitting in her spare time.

We hope to see you on November 14th at the Open House. We are confident that you’ll see what we see in these excellent new providers.

Wellness Clinic Closure Dates

The 4J Wellness Clinic will be closed the following dates:

Thanksgiving – November 22 & 23, 2018

Winter Break: – December 24 – January 1, 2019

Regular clinic hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The clinic is closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, please call 541-686-1427.

Farewell Friends,
I want to take a moment to let you know that I am leaving my position as Classified Benefits Coordinator.  I will be starting a new position at Facilities at the end of this month.

I have enjoyed my tenure here, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to provide assistance and support to you.
Even though I will miss my service to you, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career
Thanks again for everything.  I wish you all the best.

For questions regarding health benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Moda benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Kaiser benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding Willamette Dental Group benefits or claims, contact:

For questions regarding eligibility, contact OEBB:

To access the Employee Assistance Program:

For questions regarding life or long term disability insurance:

For questions regarding a Flexible Spending Plan:

  • PacificSource Administrators – 541-485-7488
  • psa.pacificsource.com/PSA/

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.  Some trails are happy ones, others are blue.  It’s the way you ride the trail that counts, here’s a happy one for you!
Dale Evans

This newsletter is reviewed and edited each month by the District 4J and OSEA representatives of the Classified Joint Benefits Committee (JBC).The information in this newsletter is summarized, and is not intended as advice or counsel.

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