National Disability Employment Awareness Month America’s Workforce: Empowering All
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual campaign that is held each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. James Madison University is committed to providing a campus that is physically and technologically accessible to students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities.
The Office of Equal Opportunity’s website provides a number of accessibility resources which includes information about accessible parking, building accessibility for each building on campus, how to report a barrier and event accessibility for performances at the Forbes Center, commencement and athletic events.
The Office of Human Resources offers assistance and guidance to university employees regarding several different disability programs, Disability Programs include: the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP), UNUM Long-term Disability, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) If you have questions regarding these benefits or if you need to request an accommodation please contact your HR Benefits Specialist or email the Human Resources Benefits team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal with the Benefits Broadcast is to feature a specific benefit each month. This month’s featured benefit is...
Don’t have time to read all of the informational emails in your inbox? Concerned you may miss out on important benefits information? Then text HRBenefits to 81437 to begin receiving important updates!
Once enrolled, you will receive pertinent information from the HR Benefits Team. You will continue to receive text notifications for a year, and then you will be prompted to re-enroll. You may choose to opt out of text messages at any time by replying STOP HRBenefits. Keep in mind that the text messaging option is a one-way communication. Contact email@example.com with any questions regarding the text message.
We hope you will find the text message option to be another convenient way to receive important information in your busy life!
*You must be enrolled in the Emergency Notification System in order to sign up for HRBenefits text messaging. Message and data rates may apply.
Have a Quick Question and Need an Answer ASAP?
Then visit the Benefits Team homepage for the Live Chat feature!
Throughout the business day, a member of the Benefits Team will be available to respond to your question quickly.
Need to Talk with an Expert?
Did you know that every month, company representatives for your benefits are here on campus in the Wine-Price Building? Below is a list of upcoming dates where you could talk with an expert:
October 22 – TIAA, Christian Pechuekonis, Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org
October 24 – ICMA-RC 457 Accounts and DCP, Steven McGregor, https://icmarc.secure.force.com/events?SiteId=a0lf1000006PZtzAAG
October 25 – LegalShield, Ken Roebuck, email@example.com
October 26 – LegalShield, Ken Roebuck, firstname.lastname@example.org
October 26 – Fidelity, Paul Vutiprichar, Punchai.email@example.com
November 6 – FIRM, American Funds 529 Plans, Phil Harris, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 7 – Aflac, Boyd Glover, email@example.com
November 7 – TIAA-Wealth Management, Antoinette Lucas, Antoinette.lucas@tiaa-org
November 8 – ICMA-RC 457 Accounts and DCP, Steven McGregor, https://icmarc.secure.force.com/events?SiteId=a0lf1000006PZtzAAG
November 12 – TIAA, Christian Pechuekonis, Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 13 – TIAA, Christian Pechuekonis, Christian.email@example.com
November 14 – TIAA-Wealth Management, Lisa Dieter, Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 15 – Met Life, Carrie McNamara, email@example.com
November 16 – Fidelity, Paul Vutiprichar, Punchai.firstname.lastname@example.org
November 16 – Valic, Rob Lankard, Rob.email@example.com
Had a change in family status? Moved recently? Changed your name? Life happens, so be sure when events occur you keep your benefits information up-to-date. Address changes, family status changes, and name changes are just a few examples of triggering events that affect your benefits. It is important that you not only update your information through MyMadison and HR Benefits, but also through third-party administrators such as our voluntary vendors, 403(b), and 457 companies.
Optional Retirement Plan Open Enrollment Deadline
As a reminder, if you are a participant in the Optional Retirement Plan for Higher Education (ORPHE), you have until October 31 to make a provider change during this current Open Enrollment. If you wish to change providers, you can view your options and make a selection in myVRS. The change of provider you make during Open Enrollment becomes effective January 1.
It’s easy to be a flu fighter—simply get a flu shot!
Although flu shots are no guarantee against getting the flu, you can protect yourself by getting a FREE flu shot at your local drug store. Just show your COVA Care, COVA HealthAware, or COVA HDHP insurance card to the participating pharmacist to get flu shots at no cost for you and covered family members.
The Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has introduced the VITALS SmartShopper program to participants and family members enrolled in the COVA Care and COVA HDHP health insurance plans.
SmartShopper is an incentive and engagement program designed to encourage members to shop for better-value/lower-cost medical services, such as certain procedures or tests. Members register for the program, shop and receive a cash reward which varies depending on the covered service and selected provider. The incentive will be paid in paychecks for active employees about 60 days after the claim is paid. Be advised that when a covered family member earns a cash reward, it will be paid to the enrolled participant, not the family member.
Please review the overview of SmartShopper, as well as a list of covered services included in the program. For more information, visit cova.vitalsmartshopper.com.
Please contact a member of the Benefits Team at (540) 568-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions about October’s Benefits Broadcast.