Have you signed up for the Everside Patient Portal? The Patient Portal offers you easy and private access to your medical information online and gives you access to receive secure, periodic updates and reminders from your clinic providers at your personal email address.

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Everside, the manager of the Elmbrook Family Wellness Center, is hosting a well-being webinar on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 12:00pm on Plant-Based Nutrition. This webinar will cover easy ways to get started with plant-based eating, the importance of nutrient-packed plant foods and how to make plant-based eating a way of life.

Click here to register.

Can't attend the webinar? Register and a recording of the webinar and any applicable handouts will be emailed to you!

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The 1095-C form for tax year 2021 will be mailed out this week to those who requested paper copies. Those individuals who requested electronic copies, as well as those that elected paper copies, will be able to access their forms through Skyward Employee Access this week as well. To access the form on Skyward, go to Employee Access > Employee Information > Payroll > 1095 Forms.

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Did you know the cost for any medical test or procedure can vary by hundreds to thousands of dollars, even in the same town?

If you have an upcoming medical test procedure, call DirectPath before scheduling it. Your DirectPath Advocate can provide a personalized Cost Comparison Report showing prices for up to three provider options, giving you the information you need to make the best decision on cost and quality.

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Why Max Out Your HSA?
Some financial planners advise maxing out your HSA before contributing to an IRA because the tax benefits are so good. You get a tax deduction when you contribute funds, and you can roll over your funds from one year to the next. You don’t pay any taxes on the money upon withdrawal as long as you use the money to pay qualified medical expenses or, if you're 65 or older, qualified health insurance premiums. You get just one or the other with an IRA. You get tax advantages when you contribute or when you withdraw, but not both. You get the tax benefits on both sides with an HSA. Think of it as adding an extra $3,650 or $7,300 to your Roth IRA's annual maximum contribution if you’re in good health or can pay those medical costs out of pocket until you reach your deductible.

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Optum Financial, Elmbrook Schools' HSA and FSA vendor, is launching enhancements to their online and mobile experiences. In order for these enhancements to take place, current online accounts will be read-only access from February 2nd through February 10th. Current payment cards will be inactivated as of February 2nd and a new card will be issued and received by February 11th. On February 11th, accounts can be accessed via the new website ( and claims can be submitted again.

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Reminder on your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Empathia. This is a free, confidential service available to all employees and their household members.

EAP services are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-634-6433. Emails to receive responses within 2 business days. Professional counselors are available at all times to provide assistance to you and your household members for a wide variety of issues.

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