3-2-1 blast off! Annual Enrollment is here through midnight on Friday, November 15.
Don’t forget to review these upcoming benefits changes so that you can embark on a successful 2020 Annual Enrollment mission. You can also find additional details in 2020 What’s New on the Benefits website.
Thank you for participating in Annual Enrollment!
Are you ready to Explore and Enroll? Texas Children’s 2020 Annual Enrollment blasts off Friday, November 1, and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Find out what has changed so that you can chart the course that’s right for you. Read more
As One Amazing Team, we share a responsibility to our patients, their families and each other to prevent the transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases like the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu and its potentially serious and even life-threatening complications.
As we enter the official 2019-20 flu season, we ask you to take action against the spread of the flu and start planning now to attend an Employee Health flu event to receive your flu vaccine. To view the event schedule, click here.
During our first week of flu vaccination, the Employee Health team vaccinated close to 5,000 employees. Although we are excited to see so much participation across the organization, we want to keep the momentum going! That is why employees who receive their flu vaccine by November 1, 2019, will be entered into a drawing to win one of 25 Nutri Ninja Pro Blenders. Employee Health will notify the winners via email on Friday, November 8.
Flu program overview
Employee Health will administer flu vaccines at no cost to Texas Children’s employees; Baylor College of Medicine employees working at Texas Children’s facilities; Morrison, Crothall, or Compass contract employees; and volunteers at Texas Children’s. Upon vaccination at Texas Children’s, staff will receive a 2019-20 flu season sticker to affix to their badges.
To reduce wait times at the flu vaccination events, employees are recommended to complete their Flu Vaccine Consent Form online via the Employee Health & Wellness Portal prior to attending the event.* Click here to view a quick video tutorial on how to access the Flu Vaccine Consent Form online. Click here for instructions on how to log in to the portal or click here to view step-by-step instructions.
Employees at Texas Children’s Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Urgent Care, and Texas Children’s Specialty Care Centers may be vaccinated at their respective practices, please speak to your leader for more information. Employees who work remotely may be referred to a designated occupational health clinic by Employee Health, or can receive their vaccine covered at 100 percent through Texas Children’s medical plan when administered by an in-network pharmacy under medical coverage.
Employees who receive their flu vaccine outside of Texas Children’s must submit their attestation and proof of vaccination via this online form.
Employees who decline the flu vaccine for approved exemptions may be required to use protective medical equipment, such as gloves and masks, when providing direct patient care services for the duration of the flu season. For more details, see Required Influenza Vaccination Policy #317 and Procedure #4218.
If you have questions about the Flu Program, contact Employee Health at 832-824-2150, option 2.
Texas Children’s is implementing new technology that will enhance the way you manage and access benefits. We are excited to announce the launch of a new and improved Texas Children’s Benefits website – a centralized destination for all your benefit needs, available in both English and Spanish.
The new site offers you real-time and round-the-clock access to view, change or update your benefit elections from any desktop and mobile device. You’ll also receive more support and assistance with extended hours in our Benefits Service Center.
“Implementing this new platform will allow us to better accommodate the needs of Texas Children’s growing and diverse workforce,” said Jermaine Monroe, Vice President of Human Resources. “Our goal is to offer our amazing team members enhanced support and empowerment to manage their benefits anywhere, anytime and on any device, which are key components of leading a healthy life.”
In the spirit of living compassionately for our growing workforce, Texas Children’s entered into a partnership with ComPsych in January to launch EAP Plus, an enhanced Employee Assistance Program that offers a wide variety of new services in addition to traditional counseling. In the first three months of the new service, more than 2,000 employees utilized EAP Plus services. This service has been a valuable asset to our employees and is now available to physicians and advanced practitioners in medical staffing working at Texas Children’s locations.
How can EAP Plus help?
Suppose you want to find the perfect amusement park for your vacation. Simply call EAP Plus on Texas Children’s dedicated phone line to connect with resource specialists who will listen to your questions and research answers tailor-made to your needs. Within a few business days, you’ll have a full report of practical information and affordable alternatives that can be delivered to you via e-mail, fax or second-day air.
There is virtually no limit to what the EAP Plus specialists can research and find for you:
- Temporary child care
- Summer camps for sports, theater, computing or any other interest
- Volunteer opportunities
- College summer learning programs for teens
- Amusement parks or resorts in your area or across the county
- Museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums your kids will love
- Kid-friendly destinations across the U.S. and the globe
- Concerts or exhibits coming to your area
- The best hiking trails in your area for little legs
- National Parks highlights
- Kayaking and canoeing outfitters
- The cleanest beaches with the safest waters
- Considerations when traveling abroad with children
- Country-specific resources for your overseas voyage
- Minivan or car rental options
- Pet care and boarding services
- Fun and creative projects you can do at home
- Ideas for outdoor grilling
- Tips on growing your own vegetable garden
- Bike sales and repairs, and more
No matter what you need to pull off the perfect summer, you can count on EAP Plus for information, resources and referrals. Confidential assistance is available at no cost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for work-life planning and more. Click here to check out family travel tips from EAP Plus, including advice for traveling on a budget, surviving a road trip with the kids, packing up the pets, adjusting to work after returning from vacation and more.
How can I access my EAP Plus benefits?
Access your EAP Plus benefits in one of two ways:
- By calling 833.EAP.PLUS (833-327-7587) to connect with a certified counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Representantes que hablan Español están disponibles.
- By visiting EAP Plus online at http://www.guidanceresources.com/
Employees should then click “register” and enter EAPPLUS as the Organization Web ID.
What can an employee expect when they call EAP Plus?
When an employee calls, they will speak with a GuidanceConsultant, a masters- or doctorate-level counselor who will collect some general information and listen to the employee’s concerns. The GuidanceConsultant will then provide a referral to a local counselor who best fits the employee’s unique needs. The employee can then set up an appointment to speak with the counselor over the phone or schedule a face-to-face visit. EAP Plus is strictly confidential.
What counseling services will EAP Plus provide?
EAP Plus provides free short-term counseling with local counselors who can help employees with emotional concerns. If the counselor determines that the issues can be resolved with short-term counseling, the employee will receive counseling through EAP Plus. However, if it is determined that the problem cannot be resolved in short-term counseling, and longer-term treatment is needed, the employee will be referred to a specialist early on, and the employee’s insurance coverage will be activated.
No matter your goal – to lose weight, eat better, move more, develop a more positive mindset or all of the above – this summer is a great time to take advantage of Texas Children’s ongoing partnership with WW, the newly reimagined Weight Watchers program.
WW offers effective science-based programs, tools and experiences that encourage healthy eating and are flexible enough to fit into your daily life. Employees who sign up through Texas Children’s receive more than 50 percent off their WW membership, with the option to participate online or attend unlimited, in-person workshops in the community or right here at work.
WW meetings are held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Tuesday at Feigin Tower. Check out the Connect calendar for exact room locations, and click here for more information about Texas Children’s reduced membership pricing.
Sample WW recipes
Visit the Fresh Bistro in the Pavilion for Women, Dots Café at West Campus, and The Woodlands Cafeteria during the week of June 17-21 for WW recipes, recipe cards, and point values displayed for grab-and-go items.
Featured menu items include:
- Salmon with roasted chickpeas and veggies
- Rigatoni with turkey sausage and kale
Get a free WW Insiders Box
Employees who purchase a WW membership between June 17 and July 26 are also eligible to receive a free Insiders Box, featuring mini cookbooks, a sampling of bestselling WW products, exclusive access wellness partners, and $35 in coupons. New members have until August 9 to redeem their kit. Click here for Insiders Box details.
For more information about Texas Children’s partnership with WW and enrolling in the program, visit the Human Resources Well-Being page on Connect or contact the Well-Being team at firstname.lastname@example.org.