AG HR News

October 2017

Important information about Local Hospitals Sold to Reading Health Systems

Unfortunately, the Reading Health System has opted not to participate in the Blue Cross network, as of October 1 – this includes Brandywine, Jennersville, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and Chestnut Hill hospitals.

Blue Cross has committed to providing coverage for members at in-network levels at the five hospitals, entities and physicians they employ, during at least the next 30 days. As always, emergency services at any hospital are covered under all plans. Also know that every other general acute-care hospital in the region participates in our network.

Click HERE for a detailed Q & A document from Blue Cross.

If you would like to speak with someone about this change and your care, please call 888-580-9500 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m

Updates and additional information will be posted HERE.

Healthcare Savings Account Transition

Don't forget . . . in mid-November 2017, Blue Cross will transfer all custodial responsibilities for your HSA from Bank of America to Acclaris, Inc., a Willis Towers Watson company.

There will be a BLACKOUT PERIOD during this transition, so please carefully review the following:

Monday, November 6th - As of this date, you will no longer be able to use your current HSA Debit Card.

Monday, November 6th through Tuesday, November 14th – A BLACKOUT PERIOD will occur during which you will have no access to your HSA Account nor will you have a debit card effective to use to pay for your expenses.

Wednesday, November 15th – Your new Acclaris Debit Card will be activated and your HSA account will be available to access.

If you contribute to your HSA through payroll deductions, the amount deducted on November 10 will be deposited in your account after the conclusion of the blackout period.

For more information about this change and how it may impact you, click HERE. We will continue to share details about this change as we receive them.

Did You Review Your PSERS Statement?

Each fall, the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) provides you with a Statement of Account as of June 30. PSERS mails this to your home. You should be receiving this soon. As you look through the statement, review all information carefully. Please give special attention to your "Primary Beneficiary(ies)" section as it lists your designated beneficiaries on record with PSERS. If this information does not reflect your wishes, update it as soon as possible by submitting a new Nomination of Beneficiaries form to PSERS.

Wellness Resources

Our Benefits Broker, the Reschini Group, publishes a monthly newsletter featuring health and wellness tips. The October issue contains some excellent information about Halloween Safety Tips, Mammograms, and Following the Doctor's Orders.

Resources for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

We all need to do our part to understand the dangers of opioid drugs, to seek help when needed, and to encourage those around us to do the same. If you need help battling an addiction or have a friend or family member who does, please use the resources available to you.

This GUIDE will give you an overview of how to access the benefits available to you and your dependents through Independence Blue Cross. It also includes resources and support groups available to those who have addictions or are dealing with someone who does.

Need Assistance?

For questions concerning benefits contact Danielle Crawford at

For questions regarding personnel or contractual issues, employment and certification, contact Dr. Wendi Lee Kraft at