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10/4/17: While the Board of Trustees has been pleased to be able to offer a significant premium subsidy to retirees for many years, new reporting requirements ...
10/4/17: All Regence/Asuris plans Maternity care will now be available to enrolled dependent children with the same benefits as currently included for t...
10/4/17: A number of users have been affected by delays in receiving their Health Central points. While some issues have been resolved a few other continue to ...
10/4/17: In light of recent challenges with the Health Central point system, the Board of Trustees has approved a change to WellCity Standard 8.4 for the 2018 ...
9/6/17: Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Employees that earn points on Health Central have the opportunity to enter several prize drawings. And the prizes are ...
9/6/17: You need an activity tracker to participate in the steps tracking, sleep tracking, and food tracking programs. You can use either a wearable activity ...
9/6/17: We know you are already working on your budgets. Here are the preliminary Trust 2018 premium estimates to help with your preparations. Please note tha...
8/31/17: The ‘bug’ that affected Health Central registration points being awarded in June and July has not been resolved yet. Anyone missing 250 po...
8/1/17: On-site health screenings have been scheduled at 74 locations across the state, running August through November. All employees, spouses and retirees w...
8/1/17: The most popular programs to date are the health assessment and steps tracking, followed by sleep and food tracking. In the Rewards Center, the most ...
8/1/17: For the first three months, we offered a monthly prize drawing for the employers that achieved the best results with their promotions. This month&rsqu...
8/1/17: We have recently learned that some AWC Trust members have not received the 250 points that are earned upon registering a new Jiff/Health Central accou...
7/5/17: Does your 2017 operating plan include a behavior change activity? If the 2018 WellCity Award is your goal, be sure to offer a behavior change activity...
7/5/17: Congratulations to everyone who used their 2016-2017 mini-grant by the July 1 deadline. The healthy activities (smoothie days, kayaking lessons, pinew...
7/5/17: The new and improved Health Central just launched on June 1, and already almost 1,800 employees have enrolled! Here’s an update on what’s ...
7/5/17: One of the main differences between the HealthFirst and HealthFirst 250 plans is the addition of a 4th category of prescription medications: specialty...
5/29/17: Are you one of 142 Trust members that earned a 2016-2017 mini-grant? If so, now is the time to use your grant! Using your mini-grant is quick and eas...
5/29/17: Use your Coordinator Kit(mailed to your wellness coordinator mid-May) to promote the new Health Central to employees. Also available on the Trust webs...
4/5/17: The executive leadership team is a truly cohesive one. The mission, vision, and values are clearly articulated, and every employee knows how he/s...
4/5/17: It’s not simple. It takes more than a workshop, a potluck, and a few random acts of kindness. Those are worthwhile activities for sure but devel...
4/5/17: The Healthy Worksite Summit celebrated 30 years with an expanded agenda and record attendance from Trust members. Of the 352 registered attendees, 182...
1/31/17: One of the benefits of purchasing your health insurance programs through the Trust is the support of our benefits team. Darla, Heidi, Tanya and Kim wo...
12/1/16: New rules, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), were issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in May, 2016 and include...
11/30/16: As 2016 comes to a close it’s time to reflect on the progress you’ve made, look ahead to 2017, and make plans for the new year. Begin by ...
11/30/16: We can’t wait to tell you about some exciting new programs coming in 2017. Beginning June 1, we will transition to a new platform for Health Cen...
11/30/16: It was great seeing so many of you at Member Expo in Chelan! We hope you had a productive time learning to maximize your program benefits and networki...
11/30/16: Members across the state have asked Trust staff (post-election) what we will do if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed. On the heels of that que...
11/30/16: 1095-C reporting for Applicable Large Employers (ALE) The 1095-C reports on the offering of coverage and if coverage is affordable. Because the Trust...
10/5/16: The Employee Benefit Trust Board of Trustees approved plan changes that take effect January 1. This includes a Telehealth program, changes to pharmacy...
10/5/16: Your Board of Trustees and Employee Benefit Advisory Committee met in late July to chart the long range course for the Trust over the coming years.&nb...
10/5/16: An open enrollment requirement is that the employer must distribute the annual Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for medical coverage on or befor...
9/26/16: On Friday, September 23, 2016, the Employee Benefit Trust Board of Trustees finalized the 2017 premiums. We are pleased to report that rates continue ...
9/19/16: What is Walktober? October is ideal for walking. The temperatures are moderate and colors are spectacular, vacations are over, and the holidays haven...
8/1/16: Congratulations to the 107 Trust members that used almost $50,000 in mini-grant money to plant employee gardens, do healthy cooking demonstrations, cr...
8/1/16: Walking is simple, fun, great for fitness and stress relief, and autumn is a beautiful season for walking! Our fall wellness challenge, Walktober, is ...
8/1/16: The Trust takes the security of the data we receive very seriously, and we receive a lot of data. From the personal information contained on an enroll...
7/6/16: After employees log into Health Central, ask them to select Rewards from the menu bar. If they have completed their HQ in 2016, they will see a firew...
7/6/16: If the 2017 WellCity Award is your goal, make sure to include a behavior change activity in your 2016 program to satisfy WellCity Standard 8.3. Behavi...
7/6/16: While it is still early in the year in terms of claims experience, preliminary rate projections are available. These projections can help you in the e...
7/6/16: Effective July 1, 2016, there are some significant changes in the drug formulary for Regence and Asuris. The formulary determines which medications ar...
7/6/16: If you receive a notice from the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange finding that one of your employees is eligible for a premium tax credit (fed...
6/1/16: Health Central’s Action Plan clearly outlines what recommended health actions the user needs to do next and by when. It creates a list of most i...
6/1/16: Based on claims experience, and the number of employers subsidizing employee out of pocket costs with generous tax-favored account contributions, Trus...
6/1/16: In 2014, due to the impending 1/1/18 excise tax, and the unsustainability of escalating health care costs to the $0 deductible plans, the Board of Tru...
5/4/16: Use Health Central’s My Health Assistant to create and track personal health goals. Just log into Health Central, select Healthy Living and the...
5/4/16: HQ season is upon us! Our HQ webinar is on May 19, and your HQ promotional kit will soon be on its way! Remember, 50% participation is required for th...
4/7/16: Help your employees conquer their stress by highlighting the My Health Assistant on Health Central at awctrust.org. Use the Stress Tracker to help ma...
4/7/16: Employee engagement AWC Trust members continue to show a strong commitment to employee health, with the number of WellCities growing from 96 in 2014 ...
3/2/16: Health Central has a Sleep Tracker that you can use in April’s Unplugged campaign. But don’t be shy – give it a try yourself this mo...
3/2/16: Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposed new rules for voluntary wellness programs under GINA, including when an employer can o...
3/2/16: Developing an operating plan is a WellCity requirement helps your wellness team be intentional about designing the program. During this process you: ...
2/5/16: Group Health – Flu shot coverage FAQ’s Every week day is flu clinic day at the 25 Group Health Medical Centers facilities. Vaccine is ava...
2/5/16: On-site flu shots You can use one of the flu shot vendors contracted with RBS/ANH for on-site services. You can also use a flu shot provider not on t...
2/3/16: The ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of a disability, and it also prohibits requiring employees to undergo a...
2/3/16: Whether an employee has set their own heart health goals or are being treated for high blood pressure the Blood Pressure tracker at Health Central at ...
1/6/16: The Trust works to ensure that its wellness offerings comply with HIPAA. However, it is important to understand how these rules could impact your well...
1/6/16: Weight management is a common goal for New Year’s resolutions, and a healthy weight is important to overall health. As employees strive to meet ...
1/5/16: The Affordable Care Act requires that certain employers and all health insurance companies report information to covered employees, and to the IRS on ...
12/2/15: The new year is just around the corner, so now’s the time to encourage employees to use Health Central at awctrust.org as they plan their 2016 h...
12/2/15: The Health Questionnaire (HQ) Management Report is useful for helping you plan and evaluate your wellness program. These reports are generated toward ...
11/4/15: Have you met Marty? Learn why you need him for the 2016 WellCity Award The 2016 WellCity Award deadline is right around the corner. All 39 requiremen...
11/4/15: As cold and flu season approaches, encourage employees to visit Health Central at awctrust.org to learn more about preventing and combatting these and...
11/4/15: All employees covered on Trust health plans recently received an open enrollment mailing at their home. The mailer refers people back to their HR Depa...
10/2/15: Employees may view Health Central at awctrust.org as the place to complete their annual Health Questionnaire, but it’s actually much more. It&rs...
10/2/15: On October 1, the Employee Benefit Trust Board of Trustees approved plan changes that take effect January 1. This includes changes to Regence/Asuris a...
10/2/15: October 1, the Employee Benefit Trust Board of Trustees finalized the 2016 premiums. Below are our 2016 percentage increase/decrease on each plan. See...
9/1/15: Health Central allows employees to maintain, track and manage their health information in one centralized, private and secure location. It also featur...
9/1/15: If you’re working this year to earn the 2016 WellCity Award and premium discount make sure you’re on track to meet these requirements: ...
9/1/15: In a move to provide a tax-favored account vendor that will match the needs of our members, we are discontinuing our contract with Discovery Benefits ...
8/5/15: This month’s Health Central featured resource is Health Trackers. New health-related gadgets and apps hit the market nearly every day. Diet tra...
8/5/15: Our fall wellness campaign – the Gratitude Graffiti Project – focuses on the practice of gratitude. Hundreds of research studies show that...
8/5/15: The Health Questionnaire (HQ) paired with health screenings and followed up with health coaching are powerful services to help people assess their hea...
8/5/15: “There’s an app for that.” is a comment you hear everywhere. Our carriers either have an app available now, or have one in developme...
7/8/15: This month’s Health Central featured resource is Weigh Today. Weigh Today can help your employees to start feeling in charge of their weight ri...
7/8/15: What does this change mean for you and your employees? While the RegenceRx brand has been retired, and all pharmacy benefit management services now op...
7/8/15: Several recent Supreme Court rulings have ACA implications. Health insurance tax credits on Federal Exchanges In late June, the Supreme Court ruled ...
7/8/15: It’s health assessment season! This year, there are two opportunities for your employees, covered spouses, and retirees to check on their health...
7/8/15: When people hear “planning for retirement” the first thing that comes to mind is usually how much they have set aside, and if that amount ...
6/4/15: WebMD Daily Victory℠ for iPhone and Android can help anybody form an exercise habit and feel the thrill of victory. Here's how it works: Start ...
6/4/15: If you earned a 2014-2015 Mini-Grant, July 1 is the deadline to turn in your reimbursement request. Wellness mini-grants are intended to fund follow-...
6/4/15: One hundred forty-two (142) wellness coordinators and committee members, representing 90 different AWC Trust members, attended a Wellness Networking F...
6/4/15: WellCity Standard 8.3 requires that you offer at least one behavior change activity during the program year. If the 2016 WellCity Award is your goal, ...
6/4/15: With summer quickly approaching it is a great time to remind your employees of the great benefits they have access to as part of the city’s memb...
5/6/15: Tracking your health numbers just got easier. WebMD Health Services has partnered with Fitbit* to offer you exciting new Challenges, Rewards, and trac...
5/6/15: The difference between participation and engagement was a hot topic at the recent American Journal of Health Promotion Conference. Consider the approa...
5/6/15: Thanks to all who were able to attend one of the four regional Health Care Forums and answered the follow-up survey questions. Your feedback proved to...
4/20/15: On March 17, 2015 Premera announced that a cyber-attack resulted in unauthorized access to Premera’s IT system. While the Regence/Asuris IT syst...
4/1/15: 2014 was a year marked by many changes, program enhancements and continued enthusiastic engagement by Trust members. Highlights Self-insurance...
4/1/15: Healthy Decisions is the Trust’s campaign to empower employees to become active participants in their own health and health care. Through a seri...
4/1/15: Would you like to plant an employee garden? Furnish a private break room for employees to take stress breaks? Maybe hire a great motivational speaker,...
4/1/15: Effective May 1, 2015, Regence/Asuris is shifting three Asthma/COPD medications that currently carry a $15 or $20 copay to non-formulary status. The i...
4/1/15: We look forward to seeing you at the Labor Relations Institute, May 6-8 in Yakima. This year’s agenda features several sessions to help you mana...
4/1/15: Most exercise apps are for athletes or dedicated exercisers. But most of us never get that far. Daily Victory for iPhone and Android helps beginners f...
3/29/15: Prior to October 1,2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates all employers notify employees of the State Health Care Exchange. As a service to our ...
3/4/15: More energy. Less stress. Feeling and looking your best. Can you visualize it? Now let My Health Assistant help your dreams become reality. Just logi...
3/4/15: The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor, to sketch out a map of possibilities and then treat them as probabilit...
2/6/15: What is a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)? A high deductible health plan (HDHP) is a health plan with lower premiums and higher deductibles than a...
2/5/15: As a service to member employers, the Trust takes care of several reporting requirements for you. Medicare Part D Disclosure – This annual disc...
2/5/15: Harrison hospital in Bremerton remains a non-contracted provider. Negotiations are ongoing, and we remain hopeful that Harrison will re-join the Regen...
2/5/15: The 2015 Group Health Access PPO Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) has been replaced on our website due to errors discovered on the original SBC....
1/8/15: January is the perfect time to double check your LEOFF I Retirees to make sure those that are eligible for Medicare have enrolled on both Medicare A &...
9/3/14: Regence/Asuris On-site flu shots You can use one of the flu shot vendors contracted with RBS/ANH for on-site services. You can also use a flu shot p...
9/13/13: Happy Trails: Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are ideals as American as apple pie. Participa...
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