Sunday, February 7, 2016

How to Retrieve Your W-2 Form/Statement from Northwell Health

It's tax time -- and while you are busy gathering your receipts and checking in with your accountant, Northwell Health's payroll team assures you easy access to your W-2 Tax Statement. For the third year in row, Northwell has offered online access to your statement as early as January 15. All you have to do is:

  1. Log in to Employee Self Service (use browser, Windows Internet Explorer on a computer, not phone, for best results)
  2. Click on "Personal Information" tab
  3. Click on the "Self Service" folder
  4. Click on the "Payroll and Compensation" folder
  5. Under Tax Information you will see "3 more..." click there
  6. Then click on "View W-2 and W-2C Forms"
  7. Click on "Year End Form"
  8. Print, view, save your form

Note: If your 2015 W-2 Statement does not pop up - able to view and print - your popup blocker may be on. If this is the case, go to the top of your page (while still logged in) and click on "Tools". A menu will appear. Click on "Pop Up Blocker" and turn it off. Click on the "Year End Form" again, now you should be able to view, print and save your 2015 W-2 Tax Statement.

Additional Information about Accessing Your Statement
Northwell Health has made your W-2 Tax Statements available to you online since January 2014. While logged in you can view previous statements from years 2013 and 2014. If you opted out for a paper statement in the mail this year, or in previous years, your online version is the only version you will have access to. If you did not opt out for the paper statement - you should have received your 2015 Tax Statement in the mail by now. If you have misplaced your paper statement, simply retrieve your statement through Employee Self Service, as described above. The online version is just as authentic as the paper version.

Note: If you do not have access to a computer and "opted out" for the print/mail-to-home version (or you misplaced the print/mail-to-home version), contact your local site HR office for assistance.

Your Future
While money is on your mind, consider investing in your retirement by increasing your contribution to your 403(b)/401(k) retirement plan by at least one percent right now. Log in to Northwell.edu/myRetirement, select your Account, hit Manage>Contributions. Increasing your number by just one percent every year can really make a difference when it comes to your financially fit future!



Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Tax Form

If  you did not have any health insurance coverage in 2015 - for the entire year, or at any point during the year - you will need to submit a 1095-C Form, when filing your 2015 taxes. Your 1095-C Tax Form will arrive in your home mailbox, from Northwell Health, on or around March 31, 2016. If this pertains to you, you will have to wait to file your taxes until you receive the form.

Note: Your W-2 Tax Statement is now available online when you log into Employee Self Service - just click on the Payroll and Compensation tab. 


Friday, December 4, 2015

Understanding the CareConnect Difference

What is CareConnect?
North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc. (or CareConnect for short) is your insurance company. It is fully-owned by North Shore-LIJ, and is the first provider-owned commercial health insurance company in New York State. It was launched to make it easier for people to get and stay healthy, so it does things a little differently than most insurance companies.

In Person Customer Service
CareConnect stresses customer service. It has a walk-in Customer Care Center at 2200 Northern Blvd. in East Hills, where you can drop by any time between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday, to talk to a Customer Service Connector. The Connector can answer questions about your coverage, explain potential costs, even make your doctor, lab and x-ray appointments. Bring your kids along -- they will enjoy the crayons, games and books in the play area, while you get your tasks done.

On the Phone Customer Service
Don't feel like making the trip? Just pick up the phone -  a Connector will be on the line within 20 seconds (on average) and take as much time as necessary to answer your questions or resolve your issue. Or try the CareConnect website, CareConnect.com, to take care of simple things like paying a bill or checking the status of a claim reimbursement.

CareConnect Providers
CareConnect can also simplify your life when it's time to see the doctor, thanks to its close relationship with the providers in the network -- which includes not just North Shore-LIJ, but many other New York health systems: Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, Montefiore Health System in the Bronx and Westchester, Northern Westchester Hospital and Mount Kisco Medical Group also in Westchester are just to name a few. Keep in mind, although the network is large, the plan does not cover out-of-network care.

In addition to making appointments that fit your schedule, CareConnect can send your updated medical history to your doctor, so you don't have to keep filling out the same paperwork. If you're having serious medical problems, CareConnect will work closely with North Shore-LIJ's Care Solutions to make sure you have all the support you need.

All of this and lower rates too! In fact, for many employees, CareConnect North Shore-LIJ Employee Plan rates are lower than the Value Plan. To find out more, visit CareConnect.com, email info@nslijcc.com or read about CareConnect in your 2016 Benefits Resource Guide.

Happy Open Enrollment CareConnect Fans!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Final Deadline for 2015 Wellness Pledges: Dec 31

Northwell Health believes in taking care of you, so you can better care of our patients!
North Shore-LIJ (soon to be Northwell Health) wants you to be aware of your preventive care routine all year long. By providing you with an excellent package of benefits, the Wellness Pledge Program was designed to keep you on track with a regular, annual, preventive care routine.

What You Need to Know 
If you were enrolled in the Value or Buy-Up medical plan in 2015 you still have the opportunity to earn paycheck credits in 2016, by participating in the Annual Wellness Pledge Program. The program is open on a annual calendar basis, giving you 12 months (January through December) to take action on four health-related events. In addition to completing a necessary online Health Assessment* you have the ability to act on three of the following pledges or healthy actions:

  1. Annual exam with your primary care physician
  2. Dental exam and cleaning
  3. Vision exam
  4. Breast cancer screening (mammography)
  5. Skin cancer check
  6. Colorectal cancer screening (colonscopy)
  7. Cervical cancer screening (Pap Smear)
  8. Health Assessment by your covered spouse (can be found when logged into myuhc.com)
  9. Financial wellness video (can be found when logged into nslij.trsretire.com)
Once actions have been completed your date-of-service/completion is transferred from our carriers,United Healthcare, Cigna Dental, Davis Vision and Transamerica Retirement Solutions to your Wellness Summary when logged into Employee Self Service. It takes approximately six to eight weeks for this transfer to be complete.

Deadline
You have through December 31 to comply with the program, but your 2016 paycheck credits (worth $10 per pledge per biweekly paycheck, and $10.83 per semi-monthly) will be delayed by about two to three pay cycles and will not be retroactive. 
Note: throughout 2015, participants were communicated a soft deadline of October 31 to earn maximum amount of 2016 credits. 

*The online Health Assessment is 100% confidential and necessary to earn any paycheck credits in 2016. Login to myuhc.com, click on the blue bar on the right side of the page, answer the questions to the best of your ability and hit submit. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2016 Benefits Open Enrollment is November 30

Let's Make It Easy! 

Consider Where You Live
North Shore-LIJ is offering a a new medical plan option through our own insurance company, CareConnect. CareConnect offers coverage only through their own network, but their network is BIG - 20,000 providers and growing: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester and Eastern Long Island . Look here

Consider Childcare and Elder Care Expenses 
When Open Enrollment rolls around be sure to keep in mind what you pay out for daycare, camp and after-school expenses for a child under the age or 13, as well what you pay for providing care for an aging parent. North Shore-LIJ (soon to be Northwell Health) has partnered with WageWorks to help you save on this overwhelming dependent care expense through pre-taxed payroll deduction, called the Dependent Flexible Spending Account. Check it out on WageWork.com

Consider Your Disability Plan
You may want to consider buying up your disability plan. Employees are automatically enrolled into a 50% Short-Term Plan once hired through the health system. Consider "buying up" during Open Enrollment and you will be covered at 60% of your base pay up to $2,000 per week. Evidence of Good Health will be required.

Comments on the Blog: Go for it! We will try to answer every question asked.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

North Shore-LIJ (soon to be Northwell Health) is getting ready for YOU!

There is a reason the word "well" was added to our name!
As we begin to share, in the anticipation of, and exposure to, our new name and brand promise — what better time to reflect, and be thankful for, the many rewards the health system offers us.

2016 Benefit Offerings
Open Enrollment for your 2016 benefits package begins Monday, November 30, and runs through Friday, December 11. Other than a Qualifying Life Event (QLE)*, this is your annual opportunity to enroll, waive, or change your health and welfare plans, and Flexible Spending Account(s).

New Medical Plan Choice in 2016
You now have a new plan option for your 2016 medical care coverage. In addition to the Value and Buy-Up medical plans through United Healthcare, you can also choose to enroll in the 2016 CareConnect North Shore-LIJ Employee plan.

Who Should Consider the CareConnect plan?
Due to their expanded network base - those employees who live in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Westchester should consider CareConnect
Due to their excellent customer service reputation - those employees who already visit in-system providers might want to consider the option for walk-in appointments and "one-stop shopping" when inquiring and scheduling medical appointments
Due to their low rates - yes their rates are 10% lower than the NSLIJ Value Plan

Keep in mind: Although CareConnect's plan gives you access to over 20,000+ in-system providers, it does not cover out-of-network providers and facilities. 
Example: You decide you want that knee replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery ... it will not be covered through CareConnect's Plan.
The Value and Buy-Up plan will cover the surgery, but you will pay a deductible and coinsurance.

The CareConnect plan is administered by CareConnect Administrative Services, which is owned by North Shore-LIJ. For more information about the new CareConnect North Shore-LIJ Employee Plan, email: info@nslijcc.com

Annual Wellness Pledge Program 
All three medical plans participate in the Annual Wellness Pledge Program. So whichever plan you choose for 2016,  you will have the ability to lower the cost of your benefit, by $1,040, if you participate in four healthy actions.

New Wellness Plan for All Employees
All employees now have the opportunity to participate in a system-wide, online wellness program, called myWellness. To register for this reward-based program, click here. 

Follow the Blog During Open Enrollment!
Add your work email to the tab at the top of the screen, and you will automatically receive alerts regarding your benefit choices in 2016.

Take control of your benefit choices — it's all about the Power of YOU in 2016!

*A Qualifying Life Event refers to a change in your dependent or self status, due to a recent marriage, divorce, birth/adoption of a child, or your spouse's employment. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Compliance Facts: Wellness Pledge Program

If you are currently enrolled in the Value or Buy-Up medical plan you have still have the opportunity to earn $1,040 in 2016 paycheck credits. Complete four healthy actions prior to the soft deadline of October 31, 2015 and your paycheck credits will begin with the first pay cycle in 2016.
Those who completed their pledges in November/December will still receive credits, they will just be delayed by about 6 to 8 weeks in 2016, and will not be retroactive.

Wellness Summary
Our carriers: United Healthcare, Cigna Dental, Davis Vision, and Transamerica transmit your date-of-service (not your health information) into your Wellness Summary, which can be found under the "Personal Information-SelfService-Benefits" tab when you login to Employee Self Service.

Note:
Your Wellness Summary will not be updated for viewing for approximately 6 to 8 weeks post your action.

If you have completed your pledges by the final deadline of Dec 31, 2015: 
There is no need to call-in, fax or file claims, office visits or other documents to the HR Service Center, you have complied!
Rest assured: 
If you completed your actions before Oct 31, 2015 your paycheck credits will begin with the first pay cycle of 2016.  

If you completed pledges in November/December timeframe you will still receive credits. They will just be delayed in 2016 by 6 to 8 weeks, and will not be retroactive. 


STILL HAVEN'T STARTED?
Here's What You Need to Do to Receive Credit
Complete an online health assessment - this pledge is required in order to receive any paycheck credits offered through the program
  • Login to myuhc.com
  • Click on the "Health Assessment" on the far right side of screen
  • Click on "Take the Health Assessment"
  • Complete security questions and health information
  • Hit "Submit"
  • If you are having technical issues, call 877-818-5826
  • You just earned yourself $260!
Choose to act on three additional healthy actions before Oct 31 and you will receive maximum credits in 2016. If you are delayed and do not complete until November/December you will still receive credits, they will just be delayed. These are your pledge choices:
  1. Annual Wellness Exam
  2. Dental Exam and Cleaning
  3. Vision Exam
  4. Breast Cancer Screening
  5. Skin Cancer Screening
  6. Colorectal Cancer Screening
  7. Cervical Cancer Screening
  8. Health Assessment for a Covered Spouse
    Your covered spouse has the option to complete the HA on myuhc.com as directed above
  9. Financial Wellness Video
    Login to nslij.trsretire.com - once you hit the blue tab "view" a communications box will appear underneath "Your Retirement Outlook"
    Select the "Financial Wellness Presentation" and watch in its entirety to receive the credit
The health system cares about you, and strives to find helpful and engaging ways to keep you healthy, happy and financially secure! More to come in 2016...