For Retirees of the City of Winston-Salem

Retirement Essentials for City Retirees

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Dear Retiree,
On behalf of the City of Winston-Salem, thank you for your years of dedicated service! You can find important retiree information here to keep you up-to-date with your retirement benefits. Please feel free to call our office if you need additional information. We are always here to help!
Sincerely,
Carmen Caruth
Human Resources Director

Annual Enrollment 2015

Annual Enrollment for 2015 has ended. You may ONLY make a change to your benefits if you have a Qualifying Life Event. For more information on Qualifying Life Events, contact Human Resources at (336) 747-6807.

**2015 benefit cards have been mailed and you should receive them prior to 1/1/2015**

2015 Benefits

2015 Benefits

ASK YOUR RETIREE BENEFIT QUESTION!!

**Due to the volume of questions, we may not be able to answer each email. Instead, questions will be answered here under Frequently Asked Questions.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to re-enroll in my benefits each year?
Retirees are encouraged to enroll in benefits during Annual Enrollment, UNLESS you are on the Medicare Advantage (United Health Care) plan. United Health Care participants do not need to make any changes. Blue Cross Blue Shield retirees should enroll each year, but benefits will default to your previous year elections should you fail to do so.

Have we changed carriers this year?
No. Active and retiree benefits are still administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The retiree Medicare Advantage Supplement Plan is still administered through United Health Care.


Health Risk Assessment

  • To receive the $50 wellness discount on your 2015 health insurance premiums, you must have completed the online health risk assessment by February 28 of 2015.
  • Go to www.bcbsnc.com and log in:
    • If you do not have a log in, you must register for member services. You will need your BCBSNC insurance card to do so.
    • If you forgot your user name or password, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
  • After logging in, click on WELLNESS at the top and then on HEALTH ASSESSMENT.
  • The assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete.

LIFESMART WELLNESS PROGRAM

Reminder: Employee Medical Services has moved. The new address is

32 West 32nd Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

LifeSmart Wellness Class Series

Sittercise Exercise Class

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday (unless noted)
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at South Fork Community Center

MARCH 2015

  • March 3 - Gentle Yoga, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Manson Meads, Basement 
  • March 4 – Tax-Free or Tax Deferred Accounts: How Retirement Accounts Affect Your Taxes, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall 
  • March 5 - Gentle Yoga, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall 
  • March 10 – Your Teenager & the Law, 1:00 - 200 p.m., Employee Medical Services 
  • March 11 – Manage Your Risk for Colon Cancer, 1:00 - 200 p.m., Employee Medical Services 
  • March 12 – Disaster Preparedness, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Manson Meads 
  • March 17 - Gentle Yoga, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Manson Meads, Basement 
  • March 17 - Your Teenager & the Law, 1:00 - 200 p.m., Public Meeting Room, Bryce A. Stuart Bldg, 5th floor 
  • March 18 - Colon Cancer Screening 101: Facts & Myths, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall 
  • March 19 - Gentle Yoga, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Committee Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall 
  • March 25 – Retirement Readiness, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Manson Meads

APRIL 2015

  • April 8 - Optimize Nutrition With a Plant-Based Diet, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Manson Meads
  • April 9 - Gentle Yoga, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., City Hall Committee Room, 2nd Floor
  • April 10 - Winston-Salem Retirement Plans Matter, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Manson Meads
  • April 14 - Gentle Yoga, 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon, Manson Meads Basement
  • April 14 - NC Family Law: Separation, Divorce & Life After Divorce, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Employee Medical
  • April 15 - Retirement Readiness, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Utilities C&M (1550-B MLK Dr.)
  • April 15 - Estate Planning Basics, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Employee Development
  • April 16 - Tobacco Cessation, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Employee Medical
  • April 21 - NC Family Law: Separation, Divorce & Life After Divorce, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., PSC Auditorium
  • April 23 - Gentle Yoga, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., City Hall Committee Room, 2nd Floor
  • April 23 - Tobacco Cessation, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Employee Medical
  • April 28 - Gentle Yoga, 11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon, Manson Meads Basement
  • April 30 - Tobacco Cessation, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Employee Medical

***Reserve your space by calling 748-3868 and leaving a message on the Registration Hotline or email susanb@cityofws.org


How to take online Wellness classes through BCBSNC

City employees can fulfill their wellness class requirement by participating in online wellness programs offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Go to www.mybcbsnc.com or www.bcbsnc.com (If you do not have a log in, you must register for member services. You will need your BCBSNC member card to do so. If you have any issues please contact BCBSNC customer service. Their number is located on the back of your insurance card.) After registering or logging in, choose Wellness at the top and then click on the Wellness Activities link on the left to access these options:

  • Healthy Living Conversations - Choose from 14 online, interactive conversations on such topics as stress management, healthy thinking and healthy eating
  • Online Monthly Seminars - Fun and engaging online seminars on a variety of wellness topics

HEALTHY OUTCOMES WELLNESS - Our Program for Better Health

Pharmacy Benefits - Express Scripts

Forms
North Carolina State Retirement Systems
Other Retirement Systems
North Carolina Treasurer
Insurance
  • Aetna Life Insurance: 1 (800) 826-7448, Aetna web site 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Reassure Life/Midland: (336) 765-1582 Roy Jennings
  • UNUM Universal Life 1 (800) 635-5597, Unum web site
  • CNA (Long-term Care): 1 (800) 266-2904, CNA web site
City-Sponsored Retiree benefits available to eligible retirees, spouses, and dependents
  • BCBS Medical Coverage for pre-65 retirees, spouses, and dependents
  • United Health Care Supplement coverage for post-65 retirees and spouses
  • $2,000 Retiree Life Insurance (Death Benefit)
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