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myHR: July 11, 2012

An Advocate for Your Health

The healthcare system is complex, and can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Where do you turn when you’re confused by medical bills or need help finding the right doctor? And what can you do if you try to schedule an appointment, only to be told that the next opening isn’t for another six months?

As of July 1, you now have an easy-to-use resource to help you resolve these and other healthcare-related issues. Health Advocate, a free and confidential service, will help you and your family handle any concern with ease.

Simply pick up the phone and call Health Advocate at 1-866-799-2329 (toll-free). Trained Personal Health Advocates will work with you one-on-one to find the solutions you need. They’ll help you sort out billing concerns, get approval for covered services, locate the right treatment facilities, coordinate health care for your elderly parents and more.

Health Advocate can help you and your family navigate the complex waters of the healthcare system, saving you time, money and worry. For more information, visit

Is Something Keeping You from Your Next Job?

Your talents, skills, and accomplishments got you where you are today. But will they get you to the next level in your career? Some behaviors that helped you before could actually be holding you back now.

Join us on August 2 and 3 for a two-day, interactive program based on Marshall Goldsmith’s international bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

The program’s exclusive Feedforward© tool will give you objective and balanced feedback that can help you change counterproductive habits. You’ll learn how to pinpoint key factors that may keep you from getting your next job. And you’ll develop an action plan to help you achieve both your professional and personal goals.

Find out how to get there. Click here for complete details and to register.

5-a-Day: The Color Way

When you were growing up, you may have been told to “eat your greens”. That’s good advice, but it’s not the whole picture. You should also be eating your blues, whites, yellows, and reds!

The more colors and variety of produce you eat, the healthier your diet. Colorful vegetables and fruits contain essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs to promote health and help you feel great.

So join us for 5-a-Day: The Color Way, a nutrition series that will teach you which fruits and vegetables make up the five color groupings (Blue/Purple, Green, White, Yellow/Orange, and Red)—and why having a variety of these types of foods each day can make a big difference to your health.

This three-part series meets July 26, August 2, and August 7. At each session, you’ll learn different tips and menu ideas to help you easily incorporate what you learn into your daily diet. For complete details and to register, click here.

Flexible Spending, Easy Reimbursement

If you have a Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), getting reimbursed for your expenses just got a whole lot easier!

Starting this month, you can use the new Health Care FSA Debit Card to pay for your eligible healthcare expenses—such as copayments, prescriptions, and out-of-pocket medical, dental or vision care expenses.

The FSA Debit Card makes reimbursement a breeze. It’s as easy as using a credit card. You can just swipe it and go, and there’s no need to send in a claim form. The transaction amount is automatically deducted from your FSA account balance.

Because the card is linked to your Health Care FSA funds, you can only use it for FSA-eligible items and services. So let’s say you need to pick up several things at a pharmacy, including a prescription, toothpaste, and batteries. You can pay for the prescription with your FSA debit card, but you’ll need to use a different form of payment for the toothpaste and batteries.

If you use the card at a medical provider (e.g., doctor, dentist, hospital), make sure you only pay for the portion of the charges you’re responsible for—not anything that’s covered by your insurance.

No matter what you’re purchasing with the card, be sure to save your itemized receipt. You may need to provide it later to verify that your expense was eligible.

Even though you have the Health Care FSA Debit Card, you can still submit manual claims if you choose. And keep in mind that the card only applies to eligible Health Care FSA expenses; if you have a Dependent Care FSA, you’ll continue to submit manual claims for that account. Visit the Human Resources website for more information.