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BenefitMe! August 2023 Newsletter

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier

Your quarterly resource for university benefits news and updates

As campus begins to bustle with activity, it’s a good time to review your university benefits and make sure you’re taking full advantage of what’s available to you. This issue of Benefit Me! includes updates about:

New Benefit! Discounts Through Working Advantage

You now have access to a new savings marketplace: Working Advantage. While you still have access to discounts through Tickets at Work, Working Advantage offers discounts on a broader range of items and services including:

  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels
  • Movie tickets
  • Rental cars
  • Gift cards
  • Apparel
  • Cars
  • Flowers
  • Fitness memberships
  • Groceries
  • Special events
  • And more!

It’s cost free and easy to enroll. Sign up now, and happy bargain hunting!

Check Out These New TELUS Health CBT Offerings

TELUS Health CBT (formerly known as AbilitiCBT) is an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy program available at no cost to benefit-eligible employees and family members. Check out these new programs through TELUS Health CBT that can help you be your best self and address problems proactively and early.

  • Burnout: Feeling tired, disinterested and like you’ve had enough? Address your burnout, or recognize the signs of it approaching.
  • Task management: Procrastinating and getting sidetracked are normal human experiences. But they’re also things you can work on. Explore the new Goal Management Training program, backed by neuroscience, to help you keep your focus.
  • Early intervention for substance abuse: If you’re starting to notice an unhealthy pattern with alcohol or drug use by you or a covered dependent, get help early. Cognitive behavioral therapy offers a no-shame way to train your brain to think differently about substances.

More information about these programs can be found on TELUS Health CBT’s website. You can also learn about these new resources at an upcoming webinar: Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Find Tips to Adjust Your HSA Contributions

If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA), you can update your contribution amount at any time during the year — not just during Annual Enrollment. Review your paystub and double-check that you’re not contributing less, or more, than you want to. To change your contribution amount, follow the instructions on the HSA Tip Sheet.

Back to School ... for You Too?

We’re a community of lifelong learners. That’s why the university encourages eligible employees to enroll in heavily discounted classes.

Board-appointed employees can enroll in up to six credits in both the fall and spring semesters, and up to three credits during the summer session, for a $20 registration fee and only $5 per credit plus any special lab and course fees.

Your spouse and dependent children may be eligible for reduced tuition too. Visit the Student Accounts webpage (look under Employee Forms) for more information.

Hinge Health: Stop Muscle and Joint Pain in Its Tracks

Conquer chronic pain from home with Hinge Health. Enjoy program benefits including no copays, no office visits, and no commute — all while reducing back, knee, hip, shoulder, neck and joint pain in just 15 minutes a day. Learn more about this digital exercise program by visiting Hinge Health, and watch your mailbox for more information.

Annual Enrollment Is Oct. 16 - Nov. 17

Save the date! Your once-a-year opportunity to select your benefits coverage for the next year starts next month. Make sure you stay informed and receive important benefits information. If you’ve moved in the last year and haven’t changed your address, please do so ASAP.

Physical Address:
415 West 6th Street
Moscow, ID 83844-4332 

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Drive MS 4332
Moscow, ID 83844-4332

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic Year Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: 208-885-3697

Fax: 208-885-3330