American Fidelity launches enhanced member portal on November 12

American Fidelity is launching an enhanced member portal on November 12 for employees’ Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Note: The American Fidelity HSA online portal will be unavailable from November 8 through November 11 to allow for system upgrades.  Please review the following message from American Fidelity for further details:

What This Means for Your Employees:

  • To allow for system upgrades, your employees will be unable to use their Benefits Debit Cards or access their HSA online account November 8 through November 11.
  • Your employees will receive a new red Benefits Debit Card, and should discard all current debit cards.
  • If you offer Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Accounts (LPFSA), your employees will be able to use their new red card for both their LPFSA and HSA accounts. Note: Eligible vision and dental expenses will be taken from the LPFSA first.

Visit americanfidelity.com/hsaportal for additional resources.

Are you within 5 years of retirement? Planning seminar on December 1 in Centralia

Open notebook with words "My Plan" at the top and person preparing to write with a penAre you within 5 years of retirement? Are you wondering what you should be doing to prepare?

Consider signing up for a Department of Retirement Systems Planning Seminar from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 in Centralia.

For information about DRS seminars and how to register, visit the DRS website.  Specific location information will provided within two weeks of the event.  If you have questions about registration or if you would like to cancel a reservation, please email register@drs.wa.gov.

Basic retirement plan information will not be covered at the seminar, but it’s important that you understand how your plan works prior to attending. To brush up on your state retirement plan, please review your plan handbook which can be found by selecting the Members tab on the DRS website at www.drs.wa.gov.  You may also watch a video, or attend a live webinar.

 

This Friday, September 28, is Benefits Open Enrollment deadline

Pen points at calendar to show importance of keeping a date, in this case deadline for Open Enrollment is Sept. 28This Friday, September 28, is the Benefits Open Enrollment deadline for the 2018-19 school year.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page. To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

September 28 deadline is approaching for Benefits Open Enrollment

Pen points at calendar to show importance of keeping a date, in this case deadline for Open Enrollment is Sept. 28Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page. To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Benefits Open Enrollment continues through September 28

Benefits Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year began on August 27 and continues through September 28, 2018.

Employees may log on to http://digital.alight.com/wea to review coverage and make changes.

To view detailed benefit information by employee group, please visit the OSD Staff Intranet Payroll/Benefit page.

To access the page, go to https://osd.wednet.edu, then LOGIN, select “Sign in with Google,” Intranet, Departments, Payroll, 2018-19 Benefits.

Department of Retirement Systems offers webinars September 4-6

Woman is using a computer and has a notebook and pen at her sideThe Department of Retirement Systems’ Education & Outreach team will provide the following webinars September 4–6:
September 4
  • 11:30 a.m. – Plan 3 (PERS, SERS, TRS)
  • 1 p.m. – Getting ready for retirement (within two years)
  • 4 p.m. – Plan choice (PERS, SERS, TRS)
September 5
  • 11:30 a.m. – Plan 3 distributions (PERS, SERS, TRS)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Benefit payment options at retirement
  • 4 p.m. – Plan 2 (PERS, SERS, TRS)
September 6
  • 8:30 a.m. – Applying for retirement online (tutorial)
  • 10 a.m. – Washington State Deferred Compensation Program
  • 1:30 p.m. – Purchasing an additional benefit (PSC, annuities)
  • 3 p.m. – Investment basics

Please see the webinar schedule for the link to join the webinar, and to review the full schedule for additional webinars, dates and times.  It’s recommended that you log into the webinar 10-15 minutes in advance to test connection and sound. Please review how to join a DRS Webinar for tips on accessing the webinar, audio, and sending questions.  Please be aware the audio comes through your computer so you’ll need speakers or a headset.  The webinars are not recorded.

This is also a reminder that if you are newly hired for the first time into a PERS, SERS or TRS eligible position, you have an important decision to make about your retirement.  If you haven’t made your plan decision yet, we invite you to attend a live Plan Choice webinar on on Tuesday, September 4 at 4 p.m. (see webinar schedule for link to join).  If you are unable to attend the webinar, you can watch the online Plan Choice video at a time that’s more convenient for you.

Outside vendor email offering to discuss retirement benefits is not from our school district

Recently you may have received an email stating that as an Olympia School District employee you are eligible to meet with a representative regarding retirement issues. This email offers advising services about state, federal and individual retirement benefit questions.

This email did not come from the Olympia School District, even though the subject heading on at least one email listed it as “Olympia School District Retirement Meetings.”

The Olympia School District does not endorse one retirement planner/firm over another. In addition, the district has not, and will not share information with a firm. Your email address is likely listed on our website, and we believe that the firm has searched our website for the purpose of solicitations.  The district has not submitted a list of employees and email addresses as part of a public disclosure request. Please contact Tonya Palmer, payroll supervisor, if you have questions or additional concerns at tpalmer@osd.wednet.edu.