Print Archive: September, 2021
Annual Enrollment starts soon. Prepare now by exploring what’s new and reviewing your choices. Then enroll or make benefit changes from Oct. 23 to Nov. 14.
Know what’s new
- New dental plan administrator. Delta Dental will replace MetLife as the dental plan administrator starting January 1, 2022. At that time, limits on crowns, bridges and orthodontia will be reset. Note that Delta Dental has more than 154,000 participating providers in their networks across the United States. In the U.S., eight out of 10 dentists belong to a Delta Dental network. To find one, go to Delta Dental’s website and select “Find A Dental Provider.”
- One-time Supplemental Life Insurance offer. During Annual Enrollment, you can enroll in or increase coverage for Supplemental Life Insurance up to three times your annual benefits pay—or $500,000 if less—without providing Evidence of Insurability (EOI). Typically, EOI is required before coverage can go into effect. You will see the Life Insurance rates online when you enroll.
- Changes in health plan rates. Medical and vision rates will have a modest increase. To help keep benefits as affordable as possible, Rockwell Automation will pay a greater share of the cost for the HRA option and for children. You can see the 2022 rates in the Annual Enrollment Guide.
Review your choices
Read your Annual Enrollment Guide to learn about your benefit choices and see the 2022 rates. Given the Supplemental Life Insurance offer, now is a great year to think about your needs and pay closer attention to your coverage options.
Want even more benefit details? Find them at raquickfind.com or in the Summary Plan Descriptions on the Your BenefitsTM website. And don’t forget to join the For Your Benefit Yammer group to follow the conversation about our Rockwell benefits.
Enroll by Nov. 14
Once you’ve reviewed your benefit options, be sure to enroll, make changes, or update dependents on Your Benefits™ by Nov. 14. This is your one time to make changes to your benefits without a qualified status change, so take full advantage.
If you don’t enroll, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the same plans you have today, except any Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). You must re-elect FSAs each year.
If you need help making your elections or understanding your benefits, contact the Rockwell Automation Service Center at 1.877.687.7272, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time.
Keep in mind …
- You can lower your 2022 medical premiums by up to $500 if you complete the Health Management program before the end of the year.
- You must re-enroll in an FSA if you want one for 2022.
- Your HSA contributions roll over from year to year. If you don’t change your contribution during Annual Enrollment, your current contribution will continue. You can change your contribution anytime during the year.
- Annual Enrollment is Oct. 23 – Nov. 14, 2021. Read the 2022 Annual Enrollment Guide for everything you need to know, including what’s new for 2022. Then enroll or make changes on Your Benefits™.
- New Specialty Medication Program can help you save. Beginning in January 2022, the Rockwell Automation Health Plan will include PrudentRx. This new program can eliminate your pharmacy out-of-pocket cost if you take an eligible drug. Watch for a letter from PrudentRx if you take one of the drugs on this list.
- Get your free flu shot. Flu shots are free through Rockwell Automation medical plans. Get yours through your doctor by showing your UnitedHealthcare ID card, or from CVS or another network pharmacy by showing your CVS Caremark ID card. Bring the whole family! Flu shots are free for covered family members, too.
- Embrace diversity and difference. Live and work in a way that is respectful and kind and embraces diversity in all walks of life. Starting Oct. 19, watch the on-demand webinar hosted by our Employee Assistance Program (Company Code to log in: automation).
- The 2022 pension interest rates are now available (for those hired prior to July 1, 2010). For those hired before July 1, 2010, and eligible for the pension plan, the rates for 2022 are now available. (If you were hired or rehired after July 1, 2010, this will not apply to you.) You can use the Pension Calculator to get an estimate of your benefit from the pension plan. Find it on Your Benefits™ at alight.com/rockwellautomation. You can also get help and request an estimate by calling the Rockwell Automation Service Center (RASC) at 1.877.OUR.RASC (1.877.687.7272). Be sure to say “retirement” when prompted.
- Join our new Yammer group for U.S. employee benefits information! Looking for employee benefits information? There’s a new resource—a Yammer group—for updates. Join the For Your Benefit Yammer group to follow the conversation. You can also visit Quick Find for more U.S. benefits information.
- Find your Calm. How does the Calm app help improve your health and happiness? Answer a few questions on the Calm website to find out. Then use your Rockwell Automation email to register for your free premium membership!
- Get your free flu shot. Flu shots are free through Rockwell Automation medical plans. Get yours through your doctor by showing your UnitedHealthcare ID card, or from CVS or another network pharmacy by showing your CVS/caremark ID card. Bring the whole family! Flu shots are free for covered family members, too.
- Switch on to Being More Present. Be more present and digitally disconnect to spend quality time with those around you. Learn more in the latest on-demand webinar sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program (Company Code to log in: automation).
While most of us adjusted to mask mandates and working from home during the pandemic, identity thieves focused on stealing our personal information. According to the AARP, reports of identity theft jumped to 1.4 million in 2020, more than double the number from 2019. And there was a 2,920% annual increase in the number of identity theft cases that involved using victims’ information to apply for or receive government benefits.
Unfortunately, that’s something Ryan E. Overbey, Asset Mgt Commercial Program Specialist, and some Rockwell Automation employees experienced firsthand. After someone used his information to claim unemployment insurance, Ryan learned about CyberScout, a feature included with our MetLife Legal Plans.
“CyberScout is pretty much an ‘I need help and guidance’ type of service,” he said. “I let them know everything I did and what was involved, and they told me I did everything correctly. Because I was a current victim related to the pandemic and its unemployment fraud, they gave me a year of monitoring services for free as well as post office address change monitoring.”
Protect yourself with MetLife Legal Plans
MetLife Legal Plans doesn’t offer preventive credit monitoring, but it provides tools and resources to help you minimize your risk and protect your personal information. And it offers both proactive and resolution services if you suspect or know your information has been compromised.
Through the LifeStages Identity Management Services provided by CyberScout, the Plan offers:
- Access to CyberScout Knowledge Center for helpful tips and resources so you can protect yourself
- An assessment to gauge your risk for falling victim to identity theft
- Direct one-to-one support from our CyberScout specialists if you suspect foul play
If you’re ever a victim of identity theft, you can count on our MetLife Legal Plans for:
- Attorney consultations to respond to creditors
- Help contacting banks, creditors and credit bureaus
- Attorney defense for issues caused by identity theft
- Unlimited 24/7 resolution assistance for issues, notifications, and credit and fraud monitoring.
Enrollment opportunity coming soon
You can elect MetLife Legal Plans during Annual Enrollment next month. When you enroll, you also get access to a network of over 15,000 experienced attorneys who can help you with other things like wills and trusts, real estate transactions, adoption processes, traffic ticket defense and more. It’s available for $13.50 per month, through after-tax payroll deductions.
Take time now to learn more about MetLife Legal Plans (Access Code: 3210010) and how it can you with identity theft and other legal issues. Then, if you decide the plan is right for you, you’ll be ready to take action during Annual Enrollment.
What to do after identity theft
If you’re enrolled in the MetLife Legal Plans, contact them immediately for assistance. Otherwise, take Ryan’s advice and follow this important reporting process:
- Report the incident to identitytheft.gov, which is managed by the Federal Trade Commission.
- Contact your local police department and file a report (when possible).
- Report the incident to the state in which the imposter claim was filed using the “Claimant” links.
- Request your free credit reports via www.annualcreditreport.com and review them for other fraudulent activities.
- Go to your state’s attorney general office website and fill out a fraud report (https://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/filecomplaint.html).
- Learn more about other scams and how to protect yourself on the state’s coronavirus website.
While telecommuting and socializing via technology has become the new normal, it’s important to take time to unplug. A few years ago, the average screen time for adults in the United States landed at 11 hours per day. This number has gone up to an astonishing 19 hours per day on screens during the pandemic. According to research commissioned by Vision Direct, the average U.S. adult will spend the equivalent of 44 years of their life staring at screens.
However, stepping away from the screens alone may not be enough. One of the best prescriptions for improved mental health is to also step outside. Connecting to nature allows us to relax, clear our mind and feel energized.
Research has found that spending time outside can help reduce negative emotions and improve overall well-being. Whether it’s a hike in the woods, walk in the park or picnic outdoors, connecting to nature can be incredibly beneficial to your health.
Emotional Benefits of Experiencing Nature
- Improved mood
- Lower levels of stress
- Increased feelings of relaxation
- Boosted attention, memory and creativity
- Greater levels of happiness and subjective well-being
- Reduced feelings of isolation and greater sense of connectedness
- Increased sense of meaning and purpose in life
- Improved sleep
While the emotional benefits of nature are vast, venturing outdoors can also improve physical well-being. Spending time in nature can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, encourage physical activity and enhance immune system function.
Research has found that spending 120 minutes a week outdoors is ideal to reap the positive benefits of nature. While this may sound like a big commitment, spread throughout the week, this equals less than 20 minutes a day. Converting your previous commute time into a 20-minute walk every day or spending an hour outdoors two days per week is all it takes!
Ideas to Help You Unplug and Get Outdoors
Here are some easy ways to spend more time in nature:
- Develop an outdoor hobby. Whether it’s sports, photography or gardening, there are tons of different activities that can get you out of the house.
- Swap a TV show for a more portable podcast or audiobook. Listen to an interesting podcast or audiobook while taking a walk or even just sitting outside.
- Take everyday indoor activities outside. Bringing your morning coffee, lunch, exercise or reading outside is a simple way to integrate nature into your daily habits.
- Plan an outside gathering. Summer is the perfect time to plan a picnic, barbecue or pool party with friends or family.
- Try something new. Spend the weekend visiting a local farmers market, going kayaking or exploring a new hiking trail.
- Volunteer outdoors. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or outdoor charity event to feel more connected to nature and your community.
- Join a club or group. Doing activities with others can help you stay motivated and is a great way to meet new people.
- Explore and learn. Research your area and discover green or blue spaces you didn’t know existed. Also, be intentional with your time outdoors by learning something about what you are seeing—the birds and plants, for example.
- Grow something. Plant a small garden outside. Tending to the plants is time spent outside and can produce flowers to bring nature inside or even food for your dinner table.
Don’t wait to find time for nature; make time to reconnect with the great outdoors. Schedule your time and make it part of your daily habit or weekly routine. Prescribe yourself a daily 20-minute dose of nature as an easy and accessible way to enhance your well-being.
Sources: Vision Direct, mind.org.uk, Forbes, YaleEnvironment360, Greater Good Magazine, Science Direct
Another Reason to Head Outdoors Today
Getting outdoors is good for your mental and physical health. If you complete a Take Action activity while you’re out there, it can be good for your wallet, too.
Head to the pool and track your swimming with 10K-A-Day. Sit on your porch and listen to the Daily Calm on the Calm app. Take a walk and track your steps in the Rockwell Automation Walking Challenge. Or join a local 5K as your Community Athletic Event. You’ll feel happier, improve your health and even earn rewards under the Health Management program.
- Stay calm…we have a new Take Action activity! Download the Calm app and complete the Daily Calm to earn a $100 incentive and achieve a calmer, healthier mind. The Calm app is available at no cost to you when you sign up using your Rockwell Automation email address. It’s one more way Rockwell Automation supports your overall well-being. Sign up today.
- Get your children ready for school with help from Bright Horizons®. Closed schools, shifted schedules and remote, hybrid and in-person learning led to an incredibly irregular school year for our kids. After months of worries over learning loss and reduced social contact, you may wonder if your children are prepared for the 2022 school year. Learn how you can help. Reserve your spot for the Preparing for Back to School webinar at 2 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 18. You will learn:
- Ways to make the most of learning moments with your child at home
- Approaches for play and other unstructured time to optimize learning
- How to encourage and inspire social development
- Raise confident children. Get the skills and insight to boost your children’s confidence and self-esteem. And learn how to help them to become empowered and resilient adults. Simply watch the latest on-demand webinar sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program (Company Code to log in: automation).
- NEW! Relax and unwind with the Calm mobile app. The Calm mobile app is Rockwell Automation’s newest benefit, available to you at no cost. Calm helps you achieve a calmer, healthier mind through daily meditations, sleep stories (including some narrated by your favorite celebrities!), relaxing music and more. If you want the free premium membership, make sure you sign up using your Rockwell Automation email address, not your personal email address. If you’re not sure it’s for you, register for a free welcome webinar, hosted by Calm experts, to learn everything the app has to offer and how it works.
- NEW! Virtual tutoring for school-age children now available. You now have the opportunity to schedule virtual one-on-one tutoring for your child through Bright Horizons® for a small copay of only $15. Tutors can help kids improve their focus, learn difficult subjects, become grade-A test-takers and excel above and beyond. Get started.
- Onsite health screenings will not be held this year. But you can still schedule an annual exam with your personal doctor. Not only will you gain valuable health insights, but you can also count it as a Take Action activity and get a discount on 2022 medical premiums. Learn more.
- Soak up everything summer has to offer. Learn how to be present and cherish special moments this summer through a new on-demand webinar, sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program (Company Code to log in: automation).
Over the past year, our entire lives were turned upside down—and many of us put our health on hold. But summer is the perfect time to get back on track. No matter what motivates you—the aroma of fresh produce in season, warmer weather for longer walks or fitting into that favorite pair of jeans—Rockwell Automation is here to inspire you and cheer you on with holistic benefits and programs that support you from head to toe.
Reap the rewards of the Health Management program
The Health Management program is Rockwell Automation’s well-being program that rewards you for doing healthy things—like walking, completing an annual health screening with your doctor or getting your COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll earn up to $500 off your 2022 medical premiums when you participate.
Take advantage of Virtual Visits
When you’re sick and need care after regular hours, you’re away from home or you just don’t feel like going to the doctor’s office, virtual visits are a good way to connect with a board-certified physician. You don’t even need an appointment.
Get peace of mind with Teladoc Health
Getting a second opinion before you make health care decisions never hurts, and Teladoc Medical Experts can help you do just that. It’s completely free to you and your family and connects you with top specialists to review your situation.
Get personalized retirement investment advice with Edelman Financial Engines
Edelman Financial Engines can help you manage your Rockwell Automation 401(k) investments. The Online Advice program gives you the power to manage your account yourself, whereas the Professional Management program1 pairs you with experts who manage it for you. Both programs count as a Take Action activity in the Health Management program.
1 Available for a fee
Stack up your savings with the HSA
One of Rockwell Automation’s medical options comes with a Health Savings Account (HSA) that allows you to save, grow and invest money to use for eligible health care expenses for you and your family—even all the way into retirement. And there’s some sweet tax advantages that come with it, too.
Boost your resiliency through the Mindfulness and Stress Management course
This engaging course will guide you through six sessions with a health coach to teach you simple ways to recharge your life, identify and reduce your stress level and engage in mindful eating. Completing this course counts as a Take Action activity, too.
Take care of you with Workplace Options
When you need help through life’s ups and downs, unlock five free counseling sessions through Workplace Options, Rockwell Automation’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP will connect you with a behavioral health professional, either in person or virtually, depending on your preference. And your conversations are kept 100% confidential.
Unwind with the Calm app
Through Rockwell Automation, you get free premium access to the world’s #1 mindfulness and meditation app, Calm. Calm provides sleep stories that transport you to beautiful scenes across the globe, relaxing instrumental music to keep you focused and daily meditations to help you set your intentions.