benefits

On March 11, 2021, The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law by President Biden. ARPA allows employers to increase the annual limit on contributions to dependent care FSAs up to $10,500 for the 2021 plan year only. While it is optional, we have decided to adopt this change. If you are interested in making a change to your DCFSA election, please keep the following in mind: The election must be made prospectively, so you cannot…

 Make Every Moment Matter   Want simple strategies to de-stress your day?  Try something new: mindfulness. Our partner, eMindful, is holding a 30-minute webinar entitled Introduction to Mindfulness led by Jim Austin, eMindful expert teacher. Thursday, March 25th at 11:00 a.m. CST Wednesday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. CST Mindfulness is about being attentive and open to what’s happening right now without judging it as good or bad, right or wrong, pleasant or unpleasant. During this session you will learn…

IRS 1095-C forms were sent via email on Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, to all full-time and part-time employees who were enrolled in their benefits program during 2020. Please check your junk folder for the email as it appears the communication was delivered to that folder.  The email came from the address “Online Form Retrieval” with the subject “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT AVAILABLE” and contains a unique secure link for each employee as well as instructions to confirm identity….

Are you feeling uncertain about things, including your finances? Fidelity is here to help you, and help is only click or phone call away! Make your Fidelity one-on-one appointment by calling 1-800-642-7131 or by going online at https://getguidance.fidelity.com/Fermilab or NetBenefits. Final Fermilab Virtual Appointment Flyer Q121[3]

Open Enrollment 2021 will close on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. Central time. 2020 elections carry over to 2021, except for the Flexible Spending Accounts and the Health Savings Account. These plans require enrollment each year, regardless of your prior year’s elections. If you are enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan, you must enroll in the HSA in order to receive the employer HSA contribution. As a reminder, you must click “Submit” in order for any new elections…

This year’s open-enrollment period will take place from Oct. 29-Nov. 12. All benefits-eligible employees will receive an electronic open enrollment event via FermiWorks on Oct. 29. Every employee should open the event, review current elections and beneficiaries and decide if any changes are needed. 2020 elections carry over to 2021, except for the Flexible Spending Accounts and the Health Savings Account (HSA) which require re re-enrollment each year. If you are enrolled in the High-Deductible Health Plan, you must enroll…

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) have been extended to Dec. 31. What does this mean for you? Under these laws, employer-sponsored group health plans including Fermilab’s generally: must cover certain items such as COVID-19 testing, including test administration and related items and services, at no cost to participants. Coverage is provided whether in or out-of-network. may cover telehealth services at 100%, including coverage for mental health services. There…

Do you have what you need to use your dental and vision benefits? You will find answers to your questions about the Delta Dental plan here: https://hr.fnal.gov/benefits/dental/. To request an ID card to be mailed or to print a temporary ID card, you must register at www.deltadentalil.com (must be on the Fermilab network to view). Registration instructions are online (Services login required). Refer to the Benefits Office dental page for tips on completing registration without having your new Delta member…

The Benefits and Wellness Office continues to host weekly wellness live virtual workshops. The workshops highlight practical support and coping tools. Join us every Wednesday at 12 p.m. via Zoom live viewing with Q&A moderated by Kathy Horton, EAP counselor, or on-demand recording available at your convenience. Workshop Title Live Viewing with Q&A Moderated by Kathy Horton, EAP Counselor Cumulative Stress Stress all around us – but many of us have little time to slow down and understand what we…

Employees are Fermilab’s most important asset. WDRS strives to offer you and your family competitive, comprehensive and diverse benefits as part of your total compensation package. In order to do so, we must periodically analyze our current benefits and evaluate usage, coverage, effectiveness, cost and competitive trends in benefit programs. All of these elements, along with feedback from employees and managers, are critical components necessary to determine the organization’s stance on benefit offerings.   Over the past year, a cross-functional…