UMKC Benefits – Special One-time FSA Modification

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS recently eased restrictions surrounding changes that can be made to FSA enrollments during the plan year. The University FSA plan will allow for a one-time special modification period from June 1 through June 30, 2020, in which you may choose to stop or decrease your existing Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA.

Please note, you cannot decrease your contributions below the amount of reimbursements you have already received from your FSA since January 1, 2020. If you stop future contributions or decrease your annual election to less than the minimum required amount ($50), your coverage will terminate at the end of the month in which your last contribution was made. Claims incurred after coverage termination will not be eligible for reimbursement.

If you wish to make a change to your Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA for plan year 2020, please complete the 2020 FSA Enrollment and Change Form and select “Special Modification Period (June 1-30, 2020)” as the type of qualified status change.

To make use of this special one-time opportunity, return your form by June 30, 2020. Your change will be effective July 1, 2020. After June 30, 2020, you will not be able to make a change to your election unless you have a change in family status or a qualified family/employment status change, as defined by the IRS.

If you have additional questions, contact the HR Service Center ( at (573) 882-2146, toll free at (800) 488-5288 or at

Optum Resources

Psych Hub – Optum is sponsoring 60 videos that are available for free on the Psych Hub website. The videos have evidence based content, mixed media, and closed captioning. The intent is to create an effective, engaging experience for both patient and provider audiences, on topics such as mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and more.

Join the UMKC Book Club!

Do you occasionally want to give your brain a breather from your everyday work tasks?  Have you been looking for ways to connect with other people around campus? Join the UMKC Book Club! We will be reading a variety of books related to work, happiness, and positivity. Topics that we all need during times like these.

Our first read will be, “How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life,” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. For this title, a total of four sessions will be held in Zoom on a bi-weekly basis. As of May 5th, you can enroll for each session through MyLearn, which is also where you can access the book in both text and audio versions.

The inaugural meeting will take place Thursday, May 21st at 3pm. Each meeting will be set up for 45 minutes. Please note, space is limited to 23 spots per meeting, so sign up as soon as possible!

Please see the schedule below, along with chapters to be discussed:

Thurs, May 21st – Introduction and Chapter One: Negativity Kills

Thurs, June 4th –  Chapter Two: Positivity, Negativity, and Productivity and Chapter Three:                                                  Every Moment Matters

Thurs, June 18th – Chapter Four: Tom’s Story: An Overflowing Bucket and Chapter Five:                                                       Making it Personal

Thurs, July 9th –    Chapter Six: Five Strategies for Increasing Positive Emotions and                                                                Epilogue

Sign up today in MyLearn. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wellness Incentive Deadline!








Don’t miss your opportunity to receive $225 on your final May paycheck for earning 225 points for Cycle 1 of the Wellness Incentive, ending April 30, 2020.

United Healthcare and EAP Services

24/7 Emotional Support Line

United Healthcare has gathered several resources to support your personal well being during the current health crisis. These resources include a free emotional support helpline from Optum Health, which can be accessed 24/7. Additional information can be found on the United Healthcare website.


As a reminder, to support continued social distancing efforts, EAP clients are encouraged to utilize the telephonic coaching option as an alternative to in-person sessions. If you are interested in learning more about the Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE EAP program and the services it provides, please visit the EAP page on the Human Resources website.