Health Insurance Market Place Notices Sent to all Broward County Employees

Effective October 1, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires all employers to provide employees with written notice regarding the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the Health Insurance Exchange). The notice provides information on the minimum value coverage, premium tax credit and possible cost-sharing and advises you that our health coverage meets the minimum value requirement. The Notices were mailed to all employees on September 16 and additional information on this change was sent to all employees by County Administration.

We encourage employees to make informed decisions when purchasing health coverage. Please feel free to contact Employee Benefit Services at 954-357-6700 or email benefits@broward.org or visit the Federal Government’s HealthCare.gov for more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Annual Open Enrollment 2014 Will Take Place in November - New High Deductible Health Plan to be Introduced

calendar with Open Enrollment circled in red

The Annual Open Enrollment period for health, dental, vision, flexible spending accounts and, new this year, prepaid legal insurance will take place November 4 - 22. The County will introduce a true High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) design with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Participation in the Open Enrollment online process is mandatory to continue coverage for the above plans. Understanding your plan options and benefits are the key to getting the most out of our benefit plans and it is recommended you attend one of the scheduled presentations and vendor fairs. For more information, go to Broward.org/Benefits and click on OPEN ENROLLMENT 2014.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Dr. Jean Yzer is back for a third year to raise breast cancer awareness. Dr. Yzer is the director of the South Florida Breast Cancer Rehab Center and will host a seminar on October 9 at the Governmental Center Wellness Resource Center from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Registration is not required to attend the event. For a list of scheduled events in October, visit the Wellness Calendar.

In partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Broward County Libraries will host health and wellness events in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

These events will take place at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., 6th Floor, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call the Main Library at 954-357-7443.

Florida Retirement System Investment Plan Workshops

Employee Benefit Services will hold Florida Retirement System (FRS) Investment Plan Workshops this month to help employees better understand the FRS Investment plan and explain the features and advantages. Employees can register online or call FRS Guidance Line at 866-446-9377, option 2.

Supervisor approval may be necessary to attend. This is a great opportunity for employees currently enrolled in the FRS Investment plan, pension plan members who are thinking about their second election and recent new hires who have not yet made their elections. For more information, please contact Employee Benefits at 954-357-6700 or e-mail wellness@broward.org.

Third Quarter Biggest Winner “Buddy” Challenge Comes to a Close

man and woman in sports clothes

The final weigh-ins for the Third Quarter took place in September. The Third Quarter Awards Ceremonies have been scheduled at each participating location. For a scheduled list of the final weigh-ins and awards ceremonies, visit the Wellness Calendar. The winning pair from each participating location will each receive a gift basket with various wellness, nutrition and fitness-related goodies such a Nike FitBit, and a healthy gourmet lunch.

Fourth Quarter Biggest Winner Challenge Commences in October

The Fourth Quarter Biggest Winner will commence this month as an individual challenge. The prizes, as always, are much more enticing as a new quarter starts. One winner from each participating location will receive a Just Get Out and Move packet containing numerous gift cards focusing on staying active and keeping healthy, such as passes for Miniature Golf, Bowling and Miami Sea Aquarium. For more information, contact Wellness Coordinator/RN Lisa Wright and visit the Wellness page for a list of participating locations and weigh-in dates.

Step Out: Walk to End Diabetes on October 26

Join the movement to stop diabetes by participating in this year’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, October 26, at Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the 5K Walk, the event will feature a Health Fest where walkers can receive free medical screenings and general information on their health and wellness. The KidsZone, Senior Pavillion, and meet and greet NBA All Star Dominique Wilkins are not to be missed along with stage performances throughout the morning. Registration is free at diabetes.org/stepoutftl. For more information, contact Chrissy Cohen at the American Diabetes Association at 954- 772-8040, ext. 3011 or ccohen@diabetes.org.

Wellness Tip

Fat Burning Tip No. 78: Be unconventional! Work with odd-shaped equipment like Sandbells and truck tires to help your body recruit more muscle. Training with a buddy, especially one who’s stronger, will push you to work harder.