November Wellness Newsletter – United Healthcare

National Diabetes Month & Great American Smokeout

November’s Health Observance is American Diabetes Month & Great American Smokeout. Looking for educational information related to this topic? If so, check out the following UnitedHealthcare educational resources: 

My Diabetes Toolkit
Understanding Diabetes
Managing Blood Sugar
Quitting smoking: benefits and tips
Living tobacco free

November Lunch & Learn – Mark Your Calendar!

In 2022, each month we will be hosting Lunch and Learns on various wellbeing topics. The focus in November will educate you on Self Care. This Lunch and Learn will educate you on why it is important to invest in your own self-care to maximize your well-being.  We will discuss the key investments to self-care and create an action plan to incorporate 1-2 key investments that may help improve your well-being.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Secily at  or directly through the link below.

Wednesday, November 9, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Meeting Link Here

Interested in the information but can’t make the scheduled Lunch and Learns. Reach out to Secily and she can set up a presentation for you, your department or team on campus or virtually.

Monthly Wellness Newletters

You can also complete the wellness survey to receive monthly newsletters via email. 

Staff Development Week 2022

Great news! Registration is open for Staff Development Week 2022, the semiannual training conference sponsored by the Office of Human Resources. Join us October 31, November 1, 2 and 3 for this professional and personal development opportunity that has become a valuable resource for participants. Register for any of the 20+ sessions in Percipio now.

Please contact the HR Service Center if you have any questions at

Annual Enrollment Coming Soon! October 24 – November 4

Please save the date for Annual Enrollment October 24th – November 4, 2022. During this time, you can make changes to your insurance elections for the 2023 plan year during this time period. (For many insurance plans, the only other time you may make changes is if you have a qualifying family/employment status change.)* There are a few steps you can take now to prepare:

1. Research the plan choices that are right for you.

Make the most of information resources:

Review information online through our Annual Enrollment (, Health Programs ( and Disability and Life Insurance ( webpages.

For an overview, check out the printable 2023 Plan Information and Comparison handout (PDF) (

Learn more about your insurance options during an upcoming virtual presentation (

Book a one-on-one appointment with your campus HR Generalist ( for personalized assistance with your insurance and enrollment questions.

2. Understand the highlights for what’s new for 2023.

Most plan details will be the same in 2023, but there are a few changes, including:

Dental Buy Up Plan: An additional dental plan option, with a lower deductible and a higher annual maximum, that expands coverage to include orthodontics ($1,500 lifetime maximum) in addition to the same three categories of preventive, basic and major services available through the Dental Base Plan.

New Vision Plan vendor: Vision coverage transitions from Eyemed to VSP effective January 1, 2023. VSP offers additional benefits including no copay for progressive lenses and lower monthly premiums.

Monthly premiums: No increase to self-only medical premiums and increases ranging from $2–$29 a month for other coverage levels.

Medical out-of-pocket maximum: Increases to out-of-pocket maximums across all medical plan options.

Annual HSA contribution limits: As approved by the IRS, annual limits increase to $3,850/individual and $7,750/family.

Health Care FSA contribution limits: Annual limit increases to $2,850.

3. Review and confirm your information in myHR.

As you prepare for Annual Enrollment, log in to myHR ( and:

Select the “My Benefits” tile and review your current elections by clicking on “Benefits Summary” in the left-hand menu.

Select the “My Personal Details” tile to confirm your mailing address.

Select the “Total Rewards” tile and review your personalized summary of all programs, incentives, compensation and benefits associated with working at the university.

We also encourage employees to self-identify race, gender, disability or protected veteran status in myHR (“My Personal Details” tab; “Ethnic Groups, Disability or Veteran Status” in the left-hand menu). Self-identification is voluntary. The university upholds the highest standards and principles of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.


4. Learn about other benefits available to you.

Tuition Assistance is available for eligible employees and their spouse/dependents. Requests for assistance are due mid-semester for each semester enrolled (Oct. 1 for fall; Mar. 1 for spring; Jul. 1 for summer).

If you work at the university and have federal student loans, you may qualify for loan forgiveness through the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Visit the Employee and Labor Relations Resources webpage for instructions on submitting forms and other information.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees and their immediate family members for access to free, confidential help for personal or professional stressors.

Keep up to date and Stay Connected with Wellness resources for tips and events throughout the year.

Need help along the way? Submit a question through AskHR (; contact the HR Service Center ( at (573) 882-2146, toll free at (800) 488-5288, or; or reach out to your HR Generalist ( for assistance.

*You may make coverage changes during the year only after a qualifying family/employment status change. The change in coverage must be consistent with the change in status (e.g., adding coverage for a spouse following marriage, a child following adoption, etc.) and you must complete and submit a Life Event through myHR within thirty-one days of the event. Consult the Summary Plan Description (SPD) for your insurance plan for additional information.

Register for on-site Flu Shot Clinic

As flu season approaches, getting an annual flu shot can help keep yourself and others safe. Flu shot clinics will be available on campus to help make this process even easier. Clinics will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, September 27, 1-4pm in Pierson Auditorium

Tuesday, October 11, 1-4pm in HSB 4307

Wednesday, October 19, 9am – 12pm in Plaza Room in the Admin Center

How to register

Flu shots are available by appointment only. Access the scheduling portal to view the clinic schedule and register for a time slot.

Flu shots are covered for faculty, staff, retirees and dependents (children 7 years and older accompanied by a parent or guardian) enrolled in a UM System medical plan. Registration should be completed for each individual receiving a flu shot. A confirmation email with a consent form will be sent for each appointment scheduled. 

For more info

Additional information, including access to the scheduling portal, privacy practices and general tips are available on the Flu shots and health screenings ( webpage. Learn about other opportunities to stay connected with wellness, or for questions, submit a request to the HR Service Center ( via AskHR or call (573) 882-2146.

2022 Green Commute Challenge

At UMKC, we’re challenging ourselves to be a part of the solution – saving money on gas, improving air quality in the Kansas City area, and showing leaders that the Kansas City area cares about sustainable transportation by exploring greener ways of commuting during the 2022 Green Commute Challenge, presented by RideshareKC at the Mid-America Regional Council.

We’re competing against other employer, university, and community teams to see who can take the most sustainable commutes to work between Sept. 19-Oct. 28th. There will be prizes from local Kansas City-area businesses for most trips logged, best social media, best team photo, and more!

Sign Up. Commute Sustainably. Log Trips. Win Prizes.

Starting Sept. 19, you can start logging sustainable commutes and tracking your impact!

IT’S SUPER EASY. All you have to do is create an account and start logging your commute trips on Those who log miles will receive points – and become eligible for prizes provided by generous local businesses throughout the metro area. 

Trips can be logged on the mobile or desktop website or on the RideshareKC app. You can also connect your Strava, Garmin, Fitbit, or Under Armour account to automatically sync trips. Learn more about logging your trips here.

MEET THE MOMENT. There’s never been a better time to be a green commuter. Whether it’s walking, biking, taking the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, or even teleworking – let’s encourage each other to make an impact in our community.

We can do it! Register an account at and ‘Join Team’ today.

Contact Sarah Lauer at regarding any questions about joining the UMKC team. Contact or 816-842-7433 with any questions regarding the Green Commute Challenge.