Health and Lifestyle

Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. This month’s seminar will focus on the cultivation of presence and how it allows for a widening of our circle of compassion. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. The seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program.

Coral Gables campus:  Tuesday, August 5, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, 2nd Floor Training Room

Miller Medical School campus:  Wednesday, August 6, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

RSMAS campus:  Thursday, August 7, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

All University of Miami faculty, staff, and retirees are welcome. To register, go to www.miami.edu/ulearn. For help with ULearn registration, call the FSAP at  305-284-6604.


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Weight Watchers at Work August Session

A new 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session will begin on Thursday, August 21. Meetings will be held every Thursday at 12 p.m. at the Gables One Tower, sixth-floor training room.

As part of Well ’Canes, this taxable employee benefit provides first-time attendees with 100 percent reimbursement for complete attendance and continuing participants with 50 percent reimbursement for complete attendance. The cost is $156 for new members and $146 for continuing and lifetime members.

The cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program is nutrition, coupled with exercise advice and a very effective behavior modification program, which leads to new eating management skills, safe weight loss, and the ultimate goal of maintenance. For more information, click here or email sheri.lee@miami.edu.

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Relax and Rejuvenate with a Personal Acupuncture or Massage Session

The Courtelis Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, in partnership with Well ’Canes, is pleased to offer acupuncture and massage sessions for UM faculty and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. If you suffer from headaches, body pain or weakness, digestive disorders, insomnia, fatigue, or anxiety, you could improve your condition through the benefits of acupuncture or massage. Acupuncture sessions are covered at the primary care physician copay rate for UM/Aetna medical plan members, or $122.50 per consult and $60 per followup for self-pay patients. Massage sessions are $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes. Call 305-243-4129 to learn more about the benefits of these services and to book an appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, please visit miami.edu/wellcanes.


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Ready for a Healthy Lifestyle? Join the Psychological Services Center’s Healthy Lifestyle Group

Do you want to eat healthy, be more physically active, manage stress better, or lose a few pounds? Learn how by joining the 12-week Healthy Lifestyle Group at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center.

Group sessions will be on Monday evenings starting August 18, and will take place on the second floor of the Flipse Building, 5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. The cost per person is $20 for each session.

Free screenings to join the group can be scheduled now by calling 305-284-4265.

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University Releases Details of 2015 Medical Plans

Benefits Open Enrollment will return October 13-31. With health care ranked as a “highly valued” benefit, according to the ’Canes Total Rewards assessment, the University has released the 2015 health care plan highlights to enable you to make informed decisions about your coverage for next year.

What’s staying the same in 2015?

  • Same three medical plans: Aetna Select 1, Aetna Select 2, and the Aetna Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).
  • Free preventive care services for UM/Aetna medical plan members.
  • No increase to medical plan copays or deductibles.
  • Lower copays at UHealth.
  • Low-cost services for sick care, and free annual physicals and immunizations at the on-site walk-in Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics.
  • Free generics and reduced-price brand medications through Aetna Health Connections.
  • Well ’Canes Incentives Program will continue in 2015, allowing you to earn up to $300 per year by getting engaged in your well-being.

What’s changing in 2015?

  • Minimal increases to health care premiums.
  • Spousal surcharge. The medical plan’s spousal surcharge, which allows you to cover a spouse/same-sex domestic partner who has access to his/her own employer-provided medical plan, will increase to $250 per month.
  • Smoker’s surcharge. The medical plan’s smoker’s surcharge, which applies to adult smokers covered under the UM/Aetna medical plan, will increase to $100 per smoker, per month. Complete the complimentary BeSmokeFree program by October 31, 2014, to avoid the surcharge.
  • NEW: Aetna Select 1 and 2 out-of-pocket maximums will now include prescription copays. This enhancement will help reduce overall cost for participants.
  • NEW: Generic Choice incentive program for UM/Aetna members. Save money and avoid out-of-pocket costs by choosing generic medications, if available. If you fill a brand name medication when a generic is available, you will be responsible for the higher copay, plus the difference in cost between the generic and the brand name medication. If you’re currently taking a brand name medication for which a generic equivalent is available, you will receive more information about this program at your home within the next few months.
  • NEW: Rx Step Therapy program. Expensive medications aren’t always best. For a small group of medications, UM/Aetna plan members will be required to try a less expensive but equally effective medication before trying higher-priced alternatives. If the less expensive medication has not been tried, the plan may not cover the more expensive medication. If you’re currently taking a medication that may be part of the Rx Step Therapy program, you and your doctor will receive more information about this program within the next few months.
  • Minimal increase to some prescription drug copays. Generic drug copays will remain at $10. The copay for tier 2, brand-preferred drugs will be $45, and for tier 3, non-preferred brand drugs, it will be $75.
  • NEW–Guardrails Screenings at Healthy ’Canes Employee Clinics. The Guardrails Prevention Initiative will offer free, 10-minute health assessments for faculty and staff. Visit healthycanesclinic.com to locate a clinic near you and see the Guardrails evaluation schedule.

The University will continue to monitor health care reform requirements and changes to the health care environment while working to ensure that the UM health care plans remain competitive.

In September, you will receive additional information about the 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment via email, interoffice mail, and through e-Veritas and e-Update. We thank you for your continued partnership and engagement in advancing your well-being as we work together to maintain high-quality health benefits. If you have any questions about the University’s health care plans or how these changes may affect you, please click here or contact HR-Benefits at miami.edu/benefits/ask or 305-284-3004.



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