HR Connection: IRS forms, retirees, new wellness program, and more

IRS Forms 1095-B & 1095-C Coming Soon

IRS Forms 1095-B and 1095-C will be issued to all employees who are enrolled in an ACC health plan. In addition, those who worked more than 30 hours per week in 2017 but do not have health coverage will receive a 1095-C from ACC.

The IRS Form 1095-C is issued by ACC and contains information about whether you were offered qualified and affordable health care coverage.  In addition, ACC employees who are enrolled in either the HealthSelect or Scott & White health plans through the ERS will receive an IRS Form 1095-B from their health plan. The IRS Form 1095-B reports if you and each of your covered dependents had health coverage with the plan during the year. The IRS Form 1095-B will come from your health carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield or Scott & White HMO.

The forms provide information about your health coverage that employees use when completing their annual income tax filing. The forms should be retained with your tax records, but do not need to be included with your filed tax return.

If you do not receive your IRS Form 1095-B by the end of February, or if you lose it, you can call your medical insurance provider toll-free to request another copy. Contact information:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas: (800) 252-8039 (TTY: 711) 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., CT Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., CT Saturday.
  • Scott & White Health Plan: (800) 321-7947, TTY/TTD (800) 735-2989, 24 hours, seven days a week

If you do not receive your IRS Form 1095-C by mid-February, please contact the HR Benefits office at hrbenefits@austin.cc.edu or call Alisol Martinez at 512-223-7800.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act and the IRS Forms, click here.

HealthSelect Reminder

On January 1, your prescription drug deductible starts over as well as your health plan out-of-pocket maximums and coinsurance maximums.

New Wellness Programs for Spring 2018

The employee wellness program is pleased to announce several workshops and programs for this spring – free weight management programs, pre-diabetes/glucose screening workshop series, personal wellness coaching services, and more. Click here for a complete listing of all ACC employee wellness programs.

Act now!  Spring exercise classes start the week of January 22nd. Visit austincc.edu/wellness for registration information.

Wellness From the Comfort of Your Desk

Expand your wellness knowledge each month by listening to a lunchtime webinar on a variety of healthy living topics. Sign up for ‘Set Yourself Up for Weight Loss Success’, January 18th, 12-1 p.m. in the Professional Workshop Database. Future webinars scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month.

Stress Management Webinar Series 

Participate in this quarterly online webinar series designed to help increase your knowledge and skills necessary to cope more effectively with stress.

How to Better Manage Stress at Work – January 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Managing the Stress of Time and Competing Priorities – April 17, 1:00-2:00 pm

Register in the Professional Workshop Database.

AWARE- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Offered by Deer Oaks, your Employee Assistance Program. 

This unique research-based MBSR program, Aware, is for participants experiencing life stress, pain, and challenges with focus and concentration, as well as individuals who want to increase their awareness of and commitment to intentional living. With a personalized approach to applying mindful practices to life, Aware teaches participants how to be engaged, diminish distractions, and counteract stress. Cilck here for more information on this six week, telephonic one-on-one sessions (provided at no charge to ACC employees).

EAP Newsletters

In this month’s employee newsletter, the following topics are discussed:

  • Online Seminar Reminder:Everything in Its Place: Getting Organized
  • TEN LITTLE THINGS That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Marriage
  • Tips for Families Who Want to Volunteer
  • Whoever Heard of Watercress?
  • Health Linked to Stress
  • Personal Loans Among Family Members or Friends

In this month’s supervisor newsletter, the following topics are discussed:

  • Online Seminar Reminder: Everything in Its Place: Getting Organized
  • Supervisor Excellence Webinar Series & Leadership Certificate Program 2018 Schedule
  • Celebrating Diversity at Work: Cultural Variety
  • How Well Do You Manage Diversity?
  • Ask Your EAP!

ACC celebrates recent retirees

ACC celebrates the following retirees. Retirees are recognized at Board of Trustees meetings for their years of service to the college.

December 2017 

Name Department ACC Years of service
Carol J (Jeannie) Beach Virtual College of Texas 20
Linton Brooks Electronics & Advanced Tech 19.25
William D. Cheek Learning Labs 33
Carol Duss Admission & Records 24
Roland Omar Garcia Art 25
Kenneth C. Goodenow Taylor Fire Academy 20
Thom R. McFarland Learning Labs 31.5
Robert Payne Photography 18
Debra Peterson Social Sciences 39
Larry G. Russell Finance & Budget 23.5
Stuart Smith Foreign Language 32

January 2018

Name Department ACC Years of Service
Nancy Castleberry Adult Education 11
Albert C. Kaiser Welding 25
Alfredo Limas Campus Custodial 18
Bill Louden International Business 14.25
Cynthia Maass Admission & Records 10
Rodney L. Wheeler Procurement & Materials Mgmt 17

Featured discounts for January

Ring in the New Year with big savings from your ACC Advantage Discount Program!

Save on tax preparation with H&R Block and keep your ride running right with Advance Auto Parts, where you can save 20%. Plan an adventure! Save up to 40% at more than 2,400 resort rental properties worldwide with TripBeat. New year, new you – get the guaranteed lowest price on memberships to thousands of gyms with Corporate Fitness Discounts.

Access these deals and more. Go to www.austincc.edu/hr/benefits and select Advantage Discount Program.

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