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FAQs Regarding Accellion Data Breach

As previously reported, UC has been impacted by the nationwide cyber attack on Accellion, which includes the theft of sensitive university files and confidential personal information of some UC community members. Earlier this week, UC sent a communication to the UC community (including retirees) emphasizing the seriousness of the attack, outlining the nature of UC...
By HR Benefits Office |

HealthEquity – Health Savings Account Tax Filing Deadline for Contributions has been extended to May 17,2021

On March 17, 2021, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced the tax filing and payment deadline for submitting individual 2020 tax returns has been automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. The extended deadline means that individuals may delay filing and paying their 2020 taxes. Individual taxpayers may also...
By HR Benefits Office |

Update: New Pandemic Relief for Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Participants

Please note that the “blackout period” described in the March 8, 2021 scotmemo – New Pandemic Relief for Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Participants, applies to claims for expenses incurred in the 2020 plan year only. During the transition of data from the Wage Works system to the Discovery Benefits/Wex system occurring from April 16 to...
By HR Benefits Office |

All Education Employees Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Kaiser Plan Members / Non-Members

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has defined childcare and education workers as those who are at risk of occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in the following childcare and education settings: All formal and informal childcare workers, including day care providers All staff in colleges, universities, junior colleges, community...
By HR Benefits Office |

New Pandemic Relief for Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Participants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provisions were included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020, to provide relief to Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) participants. On February 18, 2021, the IRS issued guidance pertaining to the FSA provisions of the CAA. These documents provide for employers, at...
By HR Benefits Office |

Legal Now – ARAG Short Term Legal Coverage Option

As Californians cope with wildfires across the state, UC’s benefits partners are committed to meeting the needs of those affected. ARAG offers Legal Now, an individual consumer product that may be helpful for employees and retirees, not currently participating in UC’s legal plan, who need immediate assistance with property loss or home and insurance recovery...
By Human Respurces Benefits Office |

Medical Plans – Access to Flu Vaccinations 9/9/2020 with Health Net streamlined access

Update In collaboration with UC, Health Net has streamlined access to flu vaccinations at retail pharmacies. UC Blue & Gold members can now receive flu vaccinations at most major retail pharmacies without paying a copayment. Members should present their Health Net ID card at the pharmacy, and will not be required to pay out-of-pocket and...
By Human Respurces Benefits Office |

Support for those affected by California's wildfires

As California once again faces a number of serious wildfires throughout the state, this year with the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’d like to ensure that members of the UC community know about the numerous emergency resources available and that UC has a variety of resources available to help. Emergency resources from UC’s...
By UCR HR Benefits |

UCRS Plan Documents and Regulations Updated as of July 1, 2020

The plan documents for the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP), the Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan), the Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plan, the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, and the -UCRP Regulations have been updated as of July 1, 2020. For more information, view the Summary Plan Amendments - July 1, 2020. There were no changes to...
By UCR HR Benefits |

HealthEquity Webinars

HealthEquity will host “Winning with an HSA” webinars to share information about the benefits of the Health Savings Plan (HSA) this Friday, August 21 and August 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon with a real-time question and answer period. These sessions are open to UC Health Savings Plan members, UC Benefits professionals and all interested UC...
By UCR HR Benefits |

UC Health Plans - Apple Wild Fire Assistance

The devastation caused by the Apple Wildfire has had a profound impact on individuals’ access to health care services in their community. The following resources from the UC health plans are to help ensure that everyone impacted from the Apple Wild Fire has immediate and easy access to the care they need. Anthem Blue Cross...
By UCR HR Benefits |

Important Changes to UC Benefits Programs for Pandemic Relief

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Departments of Labor and Treasury issued a rule extending the time periods during which participants may take certain actions relating to their group health plan coverage. The rule, “Extension of Certain Timeframes for Employee Benefit Plans, Participants and Beneficiaries Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak,” is published in the...
By Human Resources Benefits |

Health FSA Carryover Balance Availability

Typically, remaining Health FSA contributions carried over from the prior plan year become available to participants on May 15. However, due to implementation of the new regulations, the release of the carry-over funds has been delayed. Employees logging into their Health FSA account will not yet see the carry-over funds posted to their accounts. Employees...
By Human Resources Benefits Office |

Return of Excess Contributions – 2019 - Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020

The IRS has extended the deadline to process and refund any 2019 excess contributions to a participant from their UC Tax-Deferred 403b and/or 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan to July 15, 2020. Any participant who may have over-contributed (exceeded the IRS limits) to either Plan must contact Fidelity Retirement Services (866) 682-7787 and request a Return...
By Human Resources Benefits Office |

Kaiser Permanente Coping with COVID-19 Webinar Series

As we gradually move towards returning to a sense of normalcy in our nation, Kaiser Permanente wants to support our communities through this transition by hosting a COVID-19 & Beyond Webinar series for all UC employees – you do not have to be a member of the Kaiser medical plan to participate. The webinar series...
By UCR Human Resources Benefits Office |

Wage Works: Important information about your FSA in response to COVID-19

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law as of March 27, 2020, contains important provisions that will affect Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Also, under existing rules, certain changes in your situation may allow you to increase or decrease contributions, or enroll or disenroll from your FSA. Please note: Though the...
By Human Resources Benefits Team |

COVID-19 – Response from UC Health Plans as of 3/23/2020

UCOP has canvassed our health plans and the following is a summary of information and guidance for each medical plan relating to the current medical crisis. Please review this information and for more specific assistance or questions, it is best to visit your medical plan microsite and/or contact the customer service team using the phone...
By UCR Human Resources Benefits Office |

Update to Changes to Flexible Spending Accounts due to COVID-19

Under the general rules of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), certain changes that occur in an employee’s situation are considered “Change in Status” events which allow participants to increase or decrease contributions, or enroll or dis-enroll from a FSA. The following are some situations that may occur as a result of the response to the pandemic...
By Human Resources Benefits Team |

Fidelity Investments Retirement and Financial Planning Consultations Availability

During this time of international crisis and quarantine as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, Fidelity Investments, the UC Retirement and Financial Planning experts, are readily available to assist with employee retirement and financial planning needs. Matthew Vallejo and Brandon Moore are currently available for personal, confidential, one-on-one phone consultations. In addition, the Fidelity Investments...
By Human Resources Benefits Team |

Health Plan’s Response to COVID-19

Numerous requests have come in regarding how our medical plans are responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Plans are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Insurance (DOI) and/or the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2020-15 advising that, to...
By Human Resources |