YOUR YEAR END CHECKLIST

Two steps to take before the new year

It’s hard to believe, but we are nearly at the end of the year! Before the clock strikes midnight on December 31, make sure you are set up for a healthy new year.

FULLY FUND YOUR HRA

If you are Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) eligible, you and your covered spouse, if married, have the opportunity to complete certain health related actions each year that add funding to your HRA account. The funds in your HRA save you money by paying for first eligible medical expenses, like office visits and lab tests. 

By doing things like getting your annual flu shot or checkup, joining a Sound Support program, or tracking your steps to meet a goal, you will not only fund your HRA — and therefore avoid a higher deductible in 2021 — you will also improve your overall wellbeing.

Eligible plan participants can earn funding up to $500 for employee-only coverage and up to $1,000 for family coverage — but time is running out. 

If you haven’t fully funded your HRA, click here to see a full list of eligible actions with requirements for each, and to learn more about HRA funding. You can also log in to your account to check your current HRA funding amount – just keep in mind that it can take a few weeks for new actions to be updated. 

Don’t delay: The deadline for funding your HRA for 2021 is December 31, 2020.

GET YOUR FLU SHOT

You might have heard that this year’s flu shot is one of the most important flu shots ever. This fall and winter, we will likely see the spread of both the flu and the Coronavirus, potentially overwhelming healthcare systems and providers. With the dual threat, it is vital that nearly everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated for the flu — even pregnant women and people with chronic conditions.  Be sure and speak to your physician to make sure a flu shot is right for you this year.

The flu can make you more susceptible to infection — and it is possible to get both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. That’s why even though getting a flu shot will not protect you against COVID-19, your annual flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season.

As a Trust participant you can get your $0 co-pay flu shot when you visit any in-network doctor or pharmacy. To find out more click here.

Sources: www.usda.gov, www.hsph.harvard.edu