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2021 Enrollment and Change Edition

HRExpress 2021 Enrollment and Change Special Edition PDF  
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Step One: Determine Your Eligibility and Review the Benefits.  
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Archived Topics


2021 Enrollment and Change 

Mark Your Calendar for the 2021 Enrollment and Change Period September 28-October 30, 2020 September 2020

COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Informational Resources Available July 2020
Return To Work Guidance from DAS July 2020
Wellmark Extends Health Benefits Related to COVID-19 September 2020

Dental Insurance 

Delta Dental’s Member Satisfaction Survey May 2020
Delta Dental Network: It’s Your Choice January 2020

Financial Fitness

Improved Tax Withholding Estimator February 2020
Financial Literacy May 2020
Free “Financial Checkup” Video Session Offered February 2020
Insurance Division Warns of Con Artists Looking to Profit from Fear and Uncertainty April 2020
New Year Review and Update January 2020
Saving for Qualified Education Expenses December 2019
Special Webcast: Retirement: It’s Not Just About the Money July 2020
What is a Target Date Fund (TDF)? March 2020

Flexible Spending

ASI Currently Encourages Electronic Payments, Claim Submissions April 2020
Changes Allowed in Your Flexible Spending Account Elections June 2020
Changes to the Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) May 2020
Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Carryover Balances November 2018
Health FSA Eligible Claims July 2018
Health Flexible Spending Account and Mileage Reimbursement February 2019
Important Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Information January 2020
Important Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Deadline April 15 March 2020
News on Carryover Dollars for your Health FSA  September 2018
Purchase Health Flexible Spending Account Items Online December 2018

Health Insurance 

Are You and Your Family Members Up-To-Date on Preventive Services? June 2020
Check out Generic Drug Options Before Buying a Brand Name March 2020
Doctor On Demand - When You’re Sick and Need to See a Doctor February 2019
Get Care On the Go With Doctor on Demand® August 2019
Get Better Outcomes with Blue Distinction® Specialty Care April 2019
Have you registered for Doctor On Demand™? September 2018
How Well Do You Understand Your Health Insurance Coverage? May 2019
Iowa Choice Guest Membership July 2019
Medical Care When Traveling Outside the Country June 2019
myWellmark® - Managing Your Health Benefits February 2019
New Wellmark ID Card Coming Soon to Your Mailbox  December 2018
New Year - New Card: Update Providers With Your New Wellmark ID Number January 2019
Newer. Better. Easier: myWellmark® March 2019
Preventive Cancer Screenings Are Covered Under State of Iowa Health Insurance July 2018
Questions About Your Health Care? Call BeWell 24/7 June 2020
Save Time and Money on Durable Medical Equipment June 2020
Save Time and Money on Your Healthcare August 2018
Simplify Your Paperwork with Online EOBs July 2018
Virtual Doctor Visits Available With Wellmark’s Doctor on Demand™ April 2020
Wellmark Benefits Addressing COVID-19 May 2020
Wellmark Extends Health Benefits Related to COVID-19 June 2020
Wellmark’s Pregnancy Support Program February 2019
Safe and Secure - Wellmark’s Identity Protection Service July 2019

Health and Well-Being

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month March 2020
Employee Assistance Program - Help Dealing with Life Challenges April 2019
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Offers Resources to Help You Cope Through These Trying Times May 2020
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Offers Resources to Help You Cope Through These Trying Times June 2020
No Year is a Good Year to Get the Flu September 2020
November is Diabetes Awareness Month November 2019
PerksConnect: The Fastest Way to Connect To Local Deals June 2019
Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Health and Well-Being February 2020
Summer at the Capitol Complex July 2020

Iowa WorkSmart Project

As Iowa WorkSmart Project Accelerates, Change Agents to Play Important Role July 2020
Iowa WorkSmart Project Kicks Off Adaptive Insights June 2020
Iowa WorkSmart Project Marks Major Milestone August 2020
The Iowa WorkSmart Project Launches May 2020
Watch for Upcoming Issues of Smart Talk September 2020

Life Insurance

Life Insurance Beneficiaries January 2019
Managing Your Life Insurance Beneficiaries Is Simple in IowaBenefits August 2018

Other State Benefits

Employee Benefit Highlight Series February 2019
Sick Leave Conversion - An Overview February 2019

One Gift

Thank You for Supporting the One Gift Program March 2020

Retirement Savings

A Little Saving - A Lot of Benefits With RIC January 2019
A Note from IPERS December 2019
Are You Considering the Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC)? March 2020
Can I Roll Over Funds Into My RIC Account? August 2018
Choosing a Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Provider November 2019
Distributions From 457 Contribution Plans Allowed Through December 31 July 2020
Empower Yourself  February 2020
Enjoy Your Tax Refund at Retirement Instead? March 2020
Go Paperless; Go GREEN November 2019
Help Avoid Surprises Next Tax Season With the IRS Withholding Calculator July 2019
Increasing your RIC Contribution Can Make a Big Impact July 2018
Internal Revenue Service 457 Limits Going Up for 2020! December 2019
Investment Risk: Fixed Rates vs. Variable Rates December 2018
IPERS’ Ready, Set, Retire Workshops Offered Via Zoom July 2020
Need Help Choosing Investments? August 2019
News From Your RIC Providers July 2019
News From Your RIC Providers August 2019
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers  November 2019
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers March 2020
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers May 2020
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers June 2020
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers  July 2020
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers August 2020
News from Your Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Providers September 2020
Not Yet Saving In RIC? July 2019
Provider Name Change April 2019
Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) Update July 2019
Saver’s Tax Credit – Know Before You File February 2020
Saving Toward Retirement June 2019
Sign Up Any Time for Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) September 2018
Voluntary Retirement Savings Benefit - Retirement Investors’ Club (RIC) September 2020
Who Gets Your Money Upon Your Death? April 2019

State of Iowa Insurance

State Employees Save Money With Blue365 December 2019
Supplemental Life Insurance and Evidence of Insurability  November 2019

Training (PDS)

Browse the PDS website for details on all the PDS offerings.   
Developing Today’s Public Leaders Through Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program June 2020
How to Get Started with the New Learning Management System September 2020
In-Person Performance & Development Solutions (PDS) Training Currently Suspended - Course Options Available June 2020
In-Person Professional Development Solutions (PDS) Training Currently Suspended - Course Options Available May 2020
Iowa Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Consortium Receives Continued Accreditation December 2018
Learning Management System Unveiled August 2020
New Certificate Series Announced August 2020
New - Learn to Use Zoom!  May 2020
New Learning Management System Being Implemented April 2020
PDS Training Courses Available Online  August 2020
Performance & Development Solutions (PDS) Training Available Online September 2020
Welcome New Vendors for Performance & Development Solutions (PDS) Team August 2020


Protect Yourself from the Sun July 2019
Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids Anymore August 2019

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