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2015 Flexible Benefits Program ‘You Decide!’ Booklet now available

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The 2015 You Decide! booklet is now available!

The booklet gives you an opportunity to review and understand your flexible benefits package. It summarizes Flexible Benefits Program options – such as, dental and vision care, legal insurance, spending accounts, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, specified illness and long-term care – that are available to employees and their dependents, along with certain procedures to be followed to obtain these benefits.

There are some plan enhancements for the 2015 Plan Year, so review all information carefully in advance of the Annual Enrollment period, beginning October 27 to November 14, 2014. It is up to you to understand all the options available and make the choices that best suit your needs.

Making the right decisions about your options can make a real difference toward building a rewarding future for you and your family.

Flexible Benefits — Don’t Forget

In addition to the 2015 You Decide! Booklet, Flexible Benefits Program information and enrollment is also available at www.gabreeze.ga.gov.

In preparation for Open Enrollment 2014 (October 27  - November 14, 2014), here are a few tips to make your GaBreeze experience simply a BREEZE!

Tip #1: Access Granted!
Please ensure that you can log in to the GaBreeze website at  www.gabreeze.ga.gov.

Tip #2: Forgot Your User ID or Password? No problem!
If you experience difficulty accessing your account or problems with your User ID, please click on the appropriate links on the Login page — either “I Forgot My User ID” or “I Forgot My Password.” You will then be asked personal identifying information (i.e., your Social Security Number (SSN) and birth date). Once you enter this information, you will be asked security questions that you answered when you first registered on the GaBreeze website.

If you previously entered an e-mail address on the GaBreeze website, you will receive a new temporary password sent via e-mail usually within 15 minutes. If there is no e-mail address on file, the password reset will be sent through regular mail to your home address within 5-7 business days.

Tip #3: Update Your Contact Information
Please update your mailing address and other important contact information online through the Team Georgia Employee Self-Service system.

Tip #4: Update Your Beneficiary Information
To ensure that all your beneficiary information is up to date, please log in to the following sites to review what is currently on file.

  • GaBreeze: UPDATE (Peach State Reserves and Supplemental Life)
  • Employees Retirement System (ERS): UPDATE

Tip #5: Need Help?
GaBreeze benefits representatives can provide assistance to you in accessing your account by calling toll-free at 1-877-3GBREEZ (1-877-342-7339). Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please be ready to provide your name, date of birth, the last four digits of your Social Security Number and your ZIP code to access your Flexible Benefits information.

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Updates from ERSGA

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GSEPS Legislative Changes

 
HB 764 (Act 663) was recently signed by the Governor and includes significant changes for some of the GSEPS population. GSEPS members becoming eligible for membership on or after July 1, 2014 will have an initial contribution rate of 5% of their salary (rather than 1%) to the 401(k) plan, unless they opt out or otherwise elect to change their contribution rate through GaBreeze.

The automatic enrollment change from 1% to 5% allows members to take advantage of the full employer match offered by the state.

More information and updated communication materials will be released on the ERSGA website for download in June. Materials and information will include:

▪ GSEPS Automatic Enrollment Acknowledgement form for new hires to sign, acknowledging that they have been informed about the 5% automatic enrollment. This signed form will remain onsite with local HR as part of the employee’s personnel file and should not be returned to ERS.

◦ HR will also be required to populate a new PeopleSoft field verifying receipt of the employee signed GSEPS Automatic Enrollment Acknowledgement form.

▪ Updated GSEPS plan brochures.
▪ Updated GSEPS 401(k) Enrollment Notice.

An email will be sent to all HR and Payroll contacts once materials are posted and available for download on the ERSGA website and will include more information about the new PeopleSoft field.

Change in Retiree Direct Deposit Payments

 
Beginning in June of this year, a retiree’s first pension payment came via direct deposit to their bank account! Previously, the first payment was sent by check and all subsequent payments by direct deposit. Retirees no longer have to worry about waiting for their first retirement check via snail mail. Now, they can enjoy retirement, knowing their pension payment will make its way to their account on the last business day of each month.

If retirees have elected a Partial Lump Sum Option (PLOP), they will still receive a check for their requested PLOP.

For more news and updates from ERSGA, check out their newsletter

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