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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY IS AN OFFICIAL MIDDLEBURY HOLIDAY

Since 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day has been recognized as a regular Middlebury holiday. Please consult your manager to understand the operational and scheduling plan in your department.  As with all regular holidays (Thanksgiving and winter break), benefits-eligible staff are eligible for “Holiday Pay” for the day. For more information on holiday schedules and time entry, please see our holiday webpage.

What’s on tap for well-being…. weeks of January 18 and 25?

“Tell me what you value, and I might believe you, but show me your calendar and your bank statement, and I’ll show you what you really value.” – Peter Drucker

I invite you to join me in starting 2021by making a commitment to yourself…to commit to taking care of yourself, to live in accordance with your values and to nurture your energy.  It is my hope that our programming this month and throughout the year will help make that possible for you. 

Let’s start off by joining together on a Quest to Recharge. This three-week Quest will enhance your mental, physical and community well-being.  Each week will focus on a different domain of well-being.  In week one we will be engaging in activities which enhance our mental and emotional well-being.  In week two we will be doing a physical activity challenge to see which team can make it from Middlebury to Montreal the fastest.   In week three we will be engaging in activities which enhance our community well-being.  Join for one week or all three.  Random drawings will be done each week and all participants will be eligible to win prizes.  Registration is open so grab your coworkers and sign up today. 

If you like competition and challenge, then you will love DIEMlife’s “World’s Biggest Race for Wellness.  By purchasing an annual pass for $25, you will get a year of monthly virtual races, exclusive wellness challenges, and events for free.  This annual pass is a special offer only for GMHEC faculty, staff, and students.  Typically, the cost is $25 per year plus $15 per race so this is a great deal and a great way for you to have fun, engage in some friendly competition and take action to enhance your health and well-being.  This offer will expire on January 31, 2021 so check it now.

Are you ready to get off the “on again, off again” diet rollercoaster?  Would you like to finally make peace with food and your body?  Are you interested in becoming empowered to use your own body’s wisdom to guide your food choices?  If so, then this four-week Intuitive Eating group is for you.  Led by Amy Sercel, the Anti-Diet Dietitian, Kate Morris, Clinical Social Worker and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Lizzy Pope, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Sciences at UVM.  There is no cost for this program, but participants may be interested in purchasing the recommended book, “Intuitive Eating, 4th Ed: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach”.    Thursdays, January 21st through February 11th.  6:00-8:00 pm EST. 

EDGE Next Steps Nutrition & Exercise to Improve Type II Diabetes Program:  Do you have type II diabetes?  Would you like to gain the knowledge and confidence to improve your health?  If so, join the team from The Edge for this comprehensive eight-week program focused on the positive impact of nutrition and exercise to improve Type II Diabetes.  Over the course of the 8-weeks you will get weekly virtual group nutrition sessions, three individual virtual nutrition sessions with a Registered Dietitian, a fitness program designed by a certified exercise specialist and meal and Recipe Ideas to fuel your body and improve your insulin sensitivity.  This program may be fully covered by your insurance.  Mondays, January 25th – March 15th from 12-1pm EST.  For more information or to inquire about your cost to participate, contact the Edge Genavix team at genavix@edgevt.com or 802-951-2320.  Learn more about this program here

Food and Mood: Nutrition to Support Mental Health.  Join Allison, Registered Dietitian from The Edge, for this comprehensive approach to supporting your mental health and well-being through nutrition. Weekly group sessions will be held virtually and will also include one on one tele nutrition sessions to customize your nutrition needs. Program may be partially covered by insurance. To learn more, or inquire about your cost to participate, contact Nicole Williams, Director of The Edge Preventative Care at NWilliams@edgevt.com.  Tuesdays, January 19th – March 9th 12-1pm EST.    

As usual, there are many more great events on the calendar so please check it out.  The password is GMHECWell-Being.

As we move into 2021, we would love to hear your feedback about what you’ve been enjoying and/or where we could make improvements to better meet your needs.  If you have engaged with our programming in 2020 and would be interested in sharing your feedback, we would love to hear it.   If you have suggestions for programming you would like to see offered in the new year, we would love to hear that too.  Reach out to our coordinator at Rebecca.schubert@gmhec.org to share your feedback.

Cigna Preparing 2021 pharmacy benefits

This month we want to help you prepare your covered members for a new plan year. We will also provide information to keep you informed of the newest drugs coming to market in 2021 that may affect your plan. Additionally, you’ll find reminders on our low net drug cost formulary strategy, information about the launch of EvernorthSM, and a glimpse of what’s ahead.


Latest News

Preparing for 2021 pharmacy benefits
For plans renewing on January 1, 2021, we want to make sure your covered members are prepared for their new plan year. From using their new ID card at the pharmacy to ensuring they have their medications when they need them, we have prepared some important reminders to help these members start the plan year off right.

Share this eCard with important tips and reminders with your workforce

View a one-page client summary of 1/1/21 plan updates and information

Monitoring the 2021 drug pipeline
We carefully monitor the drug pipeline and the clinical results of existing drugs to ensure formularies are providing the highest clinical value and saving money for our clients and members. In 2021 we will see new specialty drug approvals for disease states including eczema and cancer, as well as new biosimilars to the market.

Review Cigna’s 2021 drug pipeline update


Reminder

Cigna gets high marks in managing “wasteful” drugs for clients
See how Cigna Pharmacy’s low net drug cost formulary approach managed over 80% of wasteful drugs identified in a recent study.

Read about how our formulary strategy takes action against egregiously priced drugs

Elevating the health care experience
At Cigna, we are transforming health care to fit the needs of your business and your people. To further this vision, we are excited to introduce our health services company, Evernorth. Together, we will continue to bring our clients and members innovative solutions that deliver more affordable, predicable and simple health care.

Learn more about the innovation behind Evernorth


Leaving early for break? Important time entry reminder!

If you are not planning on working until or after the end of break, January 11th, please submit all time worked, absence, and holiday hours NOW. January 11th is the deadline for our first payroll of 2021.

Holiday Information: December 24th – January 10th is the Year-End Holiday Break. For information on how to enter hours for holidays, click this link: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/business/hr/staffandfaculty/benefits/timeaway/holidays

Link to Oracle HCM: https://myapps.microsoft.com/gmhec.org

Link to Pay Calendars: http://go.middlebury.edu/paycalendar

Link to HCM training materials: https://www.middlebury.edu/office/human-resources/oracle-hcm/training

VT Unemployment Fraud

As a result of COVID-19, there has been an increase in the numbers of reported fraud and scams, specifically relating to unemployment insurance benefits and COVID-19 resources. If you or a member of your household has received paperwork from the state of Vermont for unemployment benefits when you did not apply for unemployment benefits, it is important that you report this as identify theft fraud to the Vermont Department of Labor.

A report can be filed using this link on the VT DoL website: https://labor.vermont.gov/form/report-ui-fraud or by calling 802-828-4104.

If you are the victim of identity theft, the state also recommends using the following resources after filing the report:

www.annualcreditreport.com : This website allows you one free credit check per year with the larger credit reporting agencies.

www.identitytheft.gov : This website will guide you to file an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  This website also has other information to assist you with this situation and some valuable FAQs.

https://labor.vermont.gov/phishing-scam-updates : This website alerts to active phishing scams in Vermont.

If you have previously claimed unemployment benefits, the state has the following guidance on minimizing UI fraud:

Five Things UI Claimants Can Do To Minimize Fraud

  • If the regular UI claimant has a common number UI Claimant PIN (i.e. 1111, 2222, 1212, last four of SSN, etc.), they should immediately request a pin change by calling the UI Claimant Assistance Line at: 1-877-214-3332.
  • PUA claimants should not use common numbers or names as their password.
  • If the claimant believes his/her account(s) have been compromised, they should file a fraud report with the Department using the links above.
  • All claimants should actively monitor their UI account, as well as any other online accounts (i.e. bank accounts, credit cards, etc.) to ensure there is no unauthorized activity.
  • Review our notice on detecting a fraudulent call impersonating the Vermont Department of Labor. Click here to read our fraud notice.

For more information on identity theft, security freezes and obtaining a free copy of your credit report, please visit the Vermont Attorney General’s website at www.ago.vermont.gov/cap. Additional information is also available on the Federal Trade Commission’s website at www.consumer.ftc.gov.

November is National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregivers Month recognizes the dedication of family members who provide round the clock care to loved ones. When medical conditions demand attention family step into roles they are often unprepared to accept. They become caregivers instead of partners or friends. Sometimes this change occurs in an instant.

The month sheds light into their demanding days, but it also identifies their needs. From morning to night, a caregiver balances the needs of the patient and those of other family members. Often, they are also seeing to financial matters and the household necessities.

Some of the support services available to caregivers are training, education about specific conditions, peer support groups, respite care, and financial support. Financial support may be in the form of subsidies or grants.

Caregivers rarely have time for themselves. There’s always another thing to be done. However, a caregiver requires rest, too.  During November, consider providing a respite for someone you know who provides care for a loved one. Offer to spend time with them or to ask how to help. Find out what you can do to make a difference. Visit npaonline.org for more information. Use #FamilyCaregiversMonth or #FamilyCaregiver to post on social media.

But it doesn’t have to be November for you to search the 2-1-1 online Community Resource Directory:

https://www.navigateresources.net/211vermont/

using these three Taxonomy terms in the Keyword Search.

  • Caregiver
  • Respite
  • Kinship

And don’t forget, you can dial 2-1-1 seven days a week, 24 hours a day to speak with a Community Resource Specialist, or text your ZIP Code to 898211 Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm.