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Candid Conversations about Women’s Health

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Webinar Link: link12.8WomensHealth.Berkeley

The journey through the years of peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause is different for everyone. Women have so many questions and hear so many opinions on the subject it can be a bit confusing. Listen in on some candid conversations with Kaiser Permanente physicians regarding women’s health.

In this webinar, we will talk about symptom management and what one can expect during this time of transition. Plus, we have some great resources to share with you as we wrap things up.

This event is open to all employees and their dependents.

kp.org Registration is required. You can register up to the day of the event. Please use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to view the webinar – the webinar will not work in Internet Explorer. You can view it from your phone using the same link. No apps or plug-ins are required for viewing.

Published date: September 28, 2022

UC’s Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits begins on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m., and ends on Friday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. You’ll have more resources than ever to learn about your options:

For 2023 medical plans, UC will continue to offer Kaiser and UC Blue & Gold HMO plans for employees, along with CORE, UC Health Savings Plan, and UC Care.

Additional information is available on UCNET

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Preparing for Retirement Recorded Webinar

Updated Date: July 14, 2022

This recorded presentation was hosted by an RASC representative for Lab employees planning to retire within the next five years. The presentation covers topics such as understanding UCRP pension benefits, retirement savings, and retiree health coverage.

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Medical Coverage for your College-bound kids

Published: July 11, 2022

July 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Do you have college-bound students moving out of California? Are you in Kaiser or UC Blue & Gold? If yes, please consider changing your medical plan to continue to cover your son or daughter while in school.



RASC's Implements Proactive Outreach

Published Update: May 26, 2022


UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) is implementing a proactive outreach strategy to support members' inquiries. RASC aims to improve employees’ and retirees' customer service experiences. For this reason, RASC has partnered with the company Call Experts to help provide updates on employees' and retirees' inquiries. Call Experts is a trusted UC vendor partner that delivers call center support.


As of today, May 25, 2022, Call Experts will reach out to prospective retirees by:

  • Returning callback requests from the RASC contact number 1-800-888-8267

  • Calling retiring employees with a status update on where they are in their retirement process


Please note Call Experts will not have access to member records to protect UC data.


Fidelity Hosted Financial Education Webinar Series


Published Update: March 31, 2022

Join us for an upcoming virtual Ask Fidelity Session! Hear highlights on topics of interest and then get your questions answered by your local UC-dedicated Fidelity planners. Register here

• Thursday, June 2, 2022, @ 11:00 AM - ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING YOUR ESTATE PLAN

Learn the basics of estate and gift taxes, strategies for transferring wealth, and where to get more information and help develop your estate plan.


Berkeley Retirement Center

Medicare Workshop

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Presented online via Zoom

10:00 - 11:30 am PT

Click here to register

Published: April 6, 2022

UC Berkeley is hosting an online Medicare workshop presented by Kaiser Permanente and the UC Retirement Administrative Service Center (RASC). This webinar is open to employees and retirees with any UC health carrier. It will help people nearing retirement or turning 65 to better understand the Medicare system. Employees and retirees will learn:

  • How Medicare works: Parts A, B, C, and D

  • How to know if you are eligible

  • When to enroll in Medicare or switch plans

  • How your coverage can change when you retire

  • What to do if you plan to keep working after 65

A question-and-answer session will be held at the conclusion.

Questions? Call 1-510-642-5461 or UCBRC@berkeley.edu

Pathway to Retirement Webinar

Published Date: February 14, 2022

The University of California is offering the Pathway to Retirement educational webinar to help LBNL, UCOP, and UC Berkeley employees plan for financial security and enjoy all that retirement brings. Whether it’s months or years away, your pathway to retirement starts here!


Expert speakers present essential topics to help you retire with confidence, including finding fulfillment in retirement, income planning, UC benefits, Social Security strategies, and navigating the UC retirement process.

Visit the Pathway to Retirement event page for more details.


1095-C and 1095-B forms

Published: January 25, 2022


The 1095-C and 1095-B are forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers are required to provide one form, or both forms, depending on the type of health plan coverage you had in for the 2021 calendar year. The forms are for employees’ information and record only; the forms are not filed with tax returns.

Which forms can you expect?

You can expect to receive the 1095 form through the U.S. mail only. There is no electronic option, and the mailings are going out in the next few weeks.


Employees defined as full-time under the ACA (those who work 75% time or more) will receive the 1095-C from UC. Parts I and II of the 1095-C will be filled in for all employees; only those enrolled in UC’s self-insured plans (Core, Health Savings Plan, UC Care) will have Part III populated.


Employees defined as not full-time under the ACA (working 74% or less) who are plan members of UC’s self-insured plans (Core, Health Savings Plan, UC Care) will receive Form 1095-B.


All plan members of UC’s fully-insured plans (Health Net and Kaiser Permanente) will receive Form 1095-B directly from the medical plan.

Need a Copy?

Requests may be submitted for duplicate 1095s after February 14, allowing adequate time to deliver the original from U.S. mail. To request a duplicate copy, employees should log on to the UCPath portal, scroll down to the Forms Library, and click on “Records” to complete a Benefits record request.

Questions?

Employees with general questions about the 1095 Forms can find FAQs on the IRS website

and the UCNet site.


Open Enrollment Final Steps

Published Date: December 13, 2021

Review your Open Enrollment Confirmation Statements emailed the week of December 2nd.

  • If you find any errors open an inquiry on the UCPath portal

Review your next paychecks for your new 2022 medical premiums

  • Medical premiums increased for 2022. Are your premiums correct review with medical plans rates here

    • The Biweekly paid employees will see new premiums in December paychecks for January medical coverage

    • The Monthly paid employees will see your new deduction in your next paycheck

    • Find additional information on the UCNet article


Fidelity Hosted Financial Education Webinar Series


Published Date: November 20, 2021

Join us for an upcoming virtual Ask Fidelity Session! Hear highlights on topics of interest and then get your questions answered by your local UC-dedicated Fidelity planners. Register here

• Thursday, April 7, 2022, @ 11:00 AM - SOCIAL SECURITY IN YOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGY

Learn about Social Security, including what you need to consider when deciding when and how to claim your benefit.

• Thursday, December 2, 2021, @ 11:00 AM - UC DCP AFTER TAX ACCOUNT

In addition to pretax savings through the 403(b) and 457(b) plans, the UC Retirement Savings Program offers you the opportunity to save with after-tax contributions through the DC Plan. Learn more about the benefits of the DC Plan After-tax Account and the process for a Roth IRA conversion rollover.

• Thursday, February 3, 2022, @ 11:00 AM - RETIREMENT INCOME PLANNING & THE UC RETIREMENT SYSTEM

Learn about how a retirement income plan can help you determine when retirement is feasible based on projected savings, income sources, and expenses while also considering expected financial challenges in retirement. Also, learn about the benefits offered through the primary and voluntary retirement programs and how they work together to help prepare for a financially secure retirement.


Columbia Sportswear Employee Discount Event

Published Date: Oct 21, 2021

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from October 29th- November 21st only! Click here for the flyer


WHAT TO BRING TO ACCESS THE STORE:

  • The flyer invite (printed or shown on a mobile phone)

  • Work /organization ID (business/membership card, badge, pay-stub, the signature of work email, uniform, merged email from an organization, etc.)

  • Personal photo ID

  • This invite is valid for you + 4 guests (you must be present)

  • This invite grants store access only (offer not valid online)

  • Find store location and hours here or on the invite

  • Reach out to RichmondEmployeeStore@columbia.com for additional questions


Pathway to Retirement Webcast

Published Date: Oct 21, 2021

The University of California is offering the Pathway to Retirement educational webcast to help LBNL and UC Berkeley employees plan for financial security and enjoy all that retirement brings. Whether it’s months or years away, your pathway to retirement starts here!


Expert speakers present essential topics to help you retire with confidence, including finding fulfillment in retirement, income planning, UC benefits, Social Security strategies, and navigating the UC retirement process.

Visit the Pathway to Retirement event page for more details.

Pathway to Retirement event held on:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

9:00am -12:00 pm

Register for the Webcast



Published Date: Oct 1, 2021


As wildfire season once again starts in California and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, UC’s benefits partners are committed to meeting the needs of those affected.

If you need extra assistance, please contact your plan directly (contact information is here). Customer service representatives will do their best to offer the help you need as quickly as possible.


Date: September 24, 2021

Optum Behavioral Health mailed ‘U.S. Behavioral Health Plan, California 2020 Health Insurance Premium Rebate’ letter to 2020 plan subscribers of Kaiser Permanente. You can find FAQs regarding the letter on UCNet here.