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Human Resources

Cyr Hall • University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

 Wellness and Benefits Update: Springing Forward in 2021

March 19, 2021
Posted by: Debra Pelletier

An Important Level One Update

If you have not yet been able to satisfy the requirements for your Level One incentive, you will soon receive a timely reminder. Please pay particular attention to the updated information indicating you and your spouse/domestic partner now have until June 30 to complete Level One for optimum premium reduction.

FSA Open Enrollment News

Did you know that the opportunity to adjust your Flexible Spending Account will be available for a limited time only from March 15 - 22? Is it time to re-think your approach to health benefits?

Set TIAA Beneficiaries

Unlike beneficiaries for insurance policies that you can designate in MaineStreet, your TIAA pension beneficiaries have to be set with those who administer your retirement funds. It's easy and convenient. Check to ensure it's in place today!


University of Maine System
Office of Human Resources
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Bangor, ME 04401

A Special Message from Chancellor Dannel Malloy: Becoming Maine's Most Vaccinated Workforce Through Voluntary Participation

Clock with sunshine and hands moving forwardIf you're looking for some solid signs that spring is coming, look no farther than your watch or alarm clock. Sunday, March 14, Daylight Saving Time returns with the promise of more opportunities to get outside and pursue your health and fitness goals for 2021. Beyond moving your clocks ahead, it's also a moment to perhaps pause and think about ways to push forward to achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle as well.

In this edition of your Healthy & Maine Newsletter, there are helpful tips on ways you and your family can successfully navigate the very real emotional and behavioral challenges of COVID-19, take advantage of a special enrollment period for Flexible Spending Accounts, and steps to ensure your beneficiaries are in place for your retirement account with TIAA.

Springing Forward in 2021

Get Real Support for Real Life

Help Center OperatorSometimes a little help can make a big difference and that is never more true than when it comes to your Employee Assistance Program from Cigna. Whether you're in need of support for your emotional health, home and life referrals, financial and legal assistance or job and career counsel, it's a tremendous resource to access, completely confidential and no cost to you as well.

Not certain exactly how it works or what sorts of questions get addressed through your University of Maine System EAP? There's a new web page that can provide you with information and a level of comfort in reaching out at the same time. When you need real support for real life, give it a try!

Retiring in the New Normal

TIAA logoWe all know how important it is to save for retirement. Register for this presentation to gain a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment, namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, there is information about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a guaranteed income stream to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

Pre-Diabetes Check

Omada LogoYou can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes by making simple lifestyle changes, like moving more and eating better. Even more good news: You won’t have to do it alone—Omada® can help. Omada helps you lose weight, gain energy, and improve your overall health. Omada will match you with a Health Coach you can talk to anytime, anywhere—and you’ll never pay a dime.

Interested in learning more? More than 350 of your UMS colleagues are already enrolled!

Take a few moments to ensure you’re on track for lifelong health and join in the movement to reduce the risk of diabetes.

Please be certain to complete your two-step authentication update by March 17 to ensure uninterrupted access to your account.


Level 1 Deadline for 2021

If you want the optimum premium reduction incentive this year, you'll need to complete Level 1 no later than June 30, 2021.

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Schedule Your Health Coaching Now

More and more of your colleagues are making appointments for health coaching and the schedule is filling fast.

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2021 TrestleTree Webinars

TrestleTree webinars can assist in helping you set and achieve your health and fitness goals for 2021. Register now for the next webinar, March 18!

Nationwide Pet Insurance: Discover the greatest pet insurance plan ever offered. Only for employees. My pet protection (TM) with wellness

My Pet Protection® from Nationwide® helps you provide your pets with the best care possible by reimbursing you for vet bills. You can get cash back for accidents, illnesses, hereditary conditions and more. Choose 90%, 70% or 50% reimbursement for the level of coverage that fits your needs.*

Get a fast, no-obligation quote today by calling 877-738-7874.