Employees: Learn what’s different in medical, dental coverage during open enrollment: News at IU: Indiana University

Indiana University’s open enrollment period is from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6. The enrollment period is earlier this year to accommodate the changes in IU’s academic calendar due to COVID-19.

During the annual event, IU employees can make changes to their medical and dental insurance, add or remove eligible dependents, determine their needs for their Health Savings Account contribution, decide whether to save money through the Tax Saver Benefit plans, and review and change their personal accident insurance coverage.

Informational mailers were sent to all benefits-eligible employees at their home address earlier this month. Additional information is available from Human Resources. Though not sent via campus mail this year, the traditional informational Open Enrollment Guide is available digitally on the HR website.

No benefits fairs or on-campus presentations are planned because of COVID-19. Instead, HR will offer live webinars as well as an on-demand webinar. Employees can also contact askHR

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Companies Face Uncertain Health Costs as Employees Defer Treatments

People are deferring many routine medical treatments during the coronavirus pandemic, creating unexpected savings for some employers, while making it harder for companies to forecast health-benefit costs in the year ahead.

As U.S. companies prepare to open their enrollment periods for health-care plans, many are uncertain about how much medical care their employees will consume in the year ahead. Health benefits typically account for a large portion of a company’s personnel costs.

Health-benefits costs for global companies that are insured—meaning they purchase a policy to cover their employees’ health-care claims—are expected to rise by 8.1% in the 2021 calendar year over this year, as people rebook medical appointments they postponed, according to a report published earlier this week by advisory firm Willis

Towers Watson.

By comparison, health-care costs are expected to rise 5.9% this year from a year earlier, the report said. The projections are based on responses from

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Leaders Must Prioritize The Whole Wellbeing Of Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a public-health crisis. It’s also created an economic and mental health crisis. Studies have found that 53% of adults in the United States believe worry and stress related to COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health. 

This presents significant challenge for leaders. Not only because one of the primary responsibility of leaders is to create the conditions for people to do their best work, but because failing to take care of employee mental health and wellbeing can have a ripple effect throughout their organization – undermining trust, engagement and psychological safety, the strongest attribute of high performing teams.

Given that in a regular year (which is about as far from 2020 as one could get) the World Health Organization estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy one trillion dollars, there’s clearly

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Spectrum Health offers free access to mental health app to employees, school administrators

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Spectrum Health has partnered with Headspace in an effort to positively impact the mental health of their team members, officials announced Wednesday, Oct. 7

Headspace is considered a global leader in mediation and mindfulness through its mediation app and online content offerings.

More than 31,000 Spectrum Health employees will now have access to a free subscription to Headspace. The app will also be available at no cost to administrators at more than 30 school districts across West Michigan.

“With so many unknowns and so much stress in the world, mental health is more important now than ever,” said Pam Ries, chief human resources officer at Spectrum Health, in a press release statement.

“The pandemic has been tough on everyone but has been especially difficult for health care team members who are on the frontline and those who are working remotely and feeling isolated.”

While access for

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Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines

Welcome to Wednesday night’s Overnight Health Care, where we’re waiting to see if there’s going to be a deal on a new COVID-19 relief package.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was 'taken out of context' by Trump

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Overnight Health Care: House Democrats slam pharma CEOs for price hikes driven by revenue, executive bonuses | Ex-FDA employees express worries to Congress over politicization of vaccines | Fauci said his mask stance was ‘taken out of context’ by Trump

Top House Democrat: Parties ‘much closer’ to a COVID deal ‘than we’ve ever been’


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The head of the House Democratic Caucus said Wednesday that the negotiators seeking an emergency coronavirus deal are “much closer” to a deal than they have been at any point during the long weeks of on-again-off-again talks.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) pointed to comments by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicating a willingness to embrace $1.5 trillion in new stimulus spending – a number on par with

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Universal Health tells employees its corporate network remains offline

By Raphael Satter

(Reuters) – Hospital chain Universal Health Services has on Tuesday told employees that its network remains offline, two days after the company fell prey to an apparent ransomware attack.

On Monday the company, which runs some 400 hospitals and care centers across the United States and the United Kingdom, announced it was dealing with an “IT security issue.”

UHS has provided no detail on the nature of the issue, but experts said the outage had the hallmarks of ransomware, a breed of malicious software that locks users out of their computers until a digital payment is made.

A text message sent by UHS to its staff and reviewed by Reuters said that “the corporate network remains offline.” The message provided no timetable for when computer access would be restored and instructed some UHS employees to “please continue to work remotely using alternative communication channels.”

In a statement,

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5 reasons why employee discounts make a difference to your employees

Many businesses may shy away from offering any type of employee discounts package to their employees, for the most part, they are afraid the costs spent won’t justify the investment at hand. But it is critical to note that employee discounts and benefits are so much more than just “perks” and add-ons for employees. When done comprehensively and correctly, they become a critical factor when building an ongoing workplace culture with measurable positive outcomes for employers and employees alike. Keeping your employees happy can have a plethora of positive consequences for your company: employee engagement, increased productivity, less absenteeism and reduced staff turnover to name a few. When employees feel looked after, cared for and that their wellbeing is taken into account, they generally work and respond in a more betrothed manner.

An employee discounts scheme can be a winner solution to achieve this. According to CIPD, employee benefits offer

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KNH employees walk out on patients to push for high pay

Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union Secretary General Thuranira Kaugiria (right) addresses the Press after Kenyatta National Hospital workers went on strike, yesterday. [David Njaaga, Standard] 

A patient died at the parking lot of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi after health workers went on strike.

Christopher Muvya said he rushed Evans Nyabuto, a boda boda rider in Kawangware, to the hospital at 8am yesterday, but unfortunately, he died after failing to get help.

“A health worker told me they were on strike so there would be no help from them. My friend stayed in the car for two hours until another medic who was passing by agreed to attend to him. But after checking him, he said it was too late; that he had died,” said Muvya. 

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The staff under the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers, Kenya National Union

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3 health workers, 2 LGU employees among 10 new COVID-19 patients in Quezon

LUCENA CITY –– Three health workers and two local government employees were among the 10 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Quezon province Tuesday.

The local government of Atimonan disclosed on its Facebook page that the three latest COVID-19 cases – one man and two women – in the town were health workers. These virus carriers are symptomatic and confined in an undisclosed health facility.

The local government of Infanta also revealed on social media that two of the latest three cases in the locality are municipal employees. Local health authorities did not give added details on the new cases.

Meanwhile, Lucena’s public information office revealed also on social media that the latest COVID-19 mortality was from Barangay 8, bringing the number of deaths in the capital city to nine.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Quezon, which reverted to the more lenient modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), logged a

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Board of Health approves bonus for health department employees | News

HUNTINGTON — Since March, health professionals at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department have been working full-steam to respond to the pandemic, and the Board of Health on Wednesday voted to reward their hard work with a bonus.

Following an executive session, the board unanimously approved a resolution to provide a $1,500 raise to all health department employees. The board also voted on a resolution asking the executive team to work on a plan for the health department to pay out unused vacation days at the end of the year.

“It has been a hard year so far for our health department employees, and we want to acknowledge that,” said Fred Kitchen, a board member.

Spread of the virus remains high in the county, but the county’s response — from testing to following guidelines — is keeping the situation under control compared to other counties.

Dr. Michael Kilkenny, medical director of the

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