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 Anthem data breach (Unicare subscribers)

The Group Insurance Commission has asked us to send this information along to Unicare Health Insurance Members for their awareness. 

As you may know, UniCare is an Anthem subsidiary, and you are likely aware of Anthem’s recent data breach.  Anthem just announced the information below regarding credit monitoring and other services available to UniCare members.  Anthem has arranged to have AllClear ID protect your identity for two years at no cost to you. These identity protection services start on the date of this notice. You can use them at any time during the next two years. 

Affected members can start accessing these services prior to receiving notification from Anthem, which will be sent via U.S. Mail in the coming weeks. Members may access these services at any time during the 24-month coverage period. The free identity protection services provided by Anthem include:  

  • Identity Theft Repair Assistance:  Should a member experience fraud, an investigator will do the work to recover financial losses, restore the member’s credit and ensure the member’s identity is returned to its proper condition. This assistance will cover any fraud that has occurred since the incident first began.
  • Credit Monitoring: At no cost, members may also enroll in credit monitoring, which alerts consumers when banks and creditors use their identity to open new credit accounts.
  • Child Identity Protection:  Child-specific identity protection services will also be offered to any members with children insured through their Anthem plan.

Identity theft repair services are available to Anthem members who feel they have experienced fraud. For members who have been impacted by the Cyber Attack, these services are automatically available and do not require enrollment.

Additional protection is available through credit monitoring services.  This requires a member to actively enroll because the member must provide their personal information and consent to have their credit monitored. Members can enroll at any time during the 24-month coverage period, and can learn how to sign up at AnthemFacts.com. Members who do not have access to the Internet, or who prefer telephone service, may call 877-263-7995 for assistance. Spanish-speaking members may access information atAnthemInforma.com, or receive assistance in Spanish at 877-263-7995.

Associates can learn more about the Cyber Attack at www.AnthemFacts.com, as well as the Anthem Responds to Cyber Attack WorkNet site.  Members may also call UniCare at 1-877-263-7995.

W-2 Update

The 2014 wage and tax statements (Form W-2) were mailed late January.  

Active employees can reprint copies of their W-2 directly from the HRDirect Self-Service tab (Self Service -->  Payroll and Compensation -->  View W-2/W-2c Forms --> click "Year End Form").  See the job aid: Viewing and Printing W2/W2Cs.  For assistance interpreting your W-2, please view Understanding your 2014 W-2

For further assistance or clarification, please contact the Payroll Office at 774-455-7510 (umassdartmouthpayroll@umassp.edu) or Human Resources at 508-999-8060 (humanresources@umassd.edu).

Introducing Ceridian LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The employee assistance program (EAP) is a service available to all UMass Dartmouth employees that offers help with personal and work-related issues. Professionally trained consultants are available to help with family problems, marital concerns, financial and legal matters, stress, depression, and other issues affecting your personal or work life. The EAP is free and confidential.  LEARN MORE

Roth Contributions

Effective July 1st, the SMART Plan will start accepting Roth contributions, giving you the flexibility to designate all or a portion of your elective deferrals as Roth contributions. 

Roth after-tax contributions and traditional before-tax deferrals each have advantages.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

On January 1, 2014 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law was implemented in Massachusetts and across the nation. It requires that all employees receive these notices to assist with understanding your options under this law.

Questions and Answers
Section 125 Employer Admin Bulletin
Overview of Health Insurance Marketplaces
Changes for Employees with Section 125 Health Connector Plans

Questions can be directed to Danielle Drabble Almeida in Human Resources at x8083 or ddrabble@umassd.edu.

Introducing UMass Extras!

Save money on products and services for auto and home, travel, insurance, electronics, entertainment, wireless phones and more! 

Go to www.beneplace.com/umass.  No password, No ID, No Hassle!

Interview Exchange

Human Resources is pleased to announce the deployment of a new On-Line Job Applicant System called Interview Exchange.

Payroll Processing

Effective January 1, 2013 Forms that are received in Human Resources by payday WILL BE GUARANTEED to be processed for the following paycheck.  This creates a consistent schedule and conveys a clearly defined expectation to the campus of when payments will be processed.


News from CONNECT Partnership

CONNECT is a partnership of the six public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts: Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  CONNECT has two basic goals: to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of higher education; to advance the economic, educational, and cultural life of Southeastern Massachusetts. Click here to read their newsletters and register your email to receive future newsletters.