Using Your Benefits Wisely

little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to taking advantage of your Bright Wood benefits. The following Summary Plan Descriptions and links to provider web sites can help you better understand what is available to you as a full time Bright Wood associate.

Summary Plan Descriptions (in PDF format)

Links to Benefits Providers Web Sites

Employee Assistance Program |
Bright Wood's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you cope with problems at home and work. Call 1-877-851-1631 24-hours a day, seven days a week when you need free, confidential help from a credentialed provider. The program includes up to six face-to-face assessment and counseling sessions per issue. The EAP also offers financial and legal services along with identity theft and fraud resolution assistance.

Click here to learn how to access the EAP online and find more details about what the EAP can do for you and your family.

Empower Retirement |
Empower Retirement is the administator and bookkeeper for the Bright Wood 401 (k) Savings and Profit Sharing Plan. Use their web site or call 800-338-4015 to set up and manage your account. Here are some things you should do:

»If you do nothing else, designate the beneficiaries for your 401 (k) account. The beneficiaries in your old profit sharing account are void and will not carry forward into your new account. There are two ways to set your beneficiaries: 1) your site’s Personnel Office will have a paper form you can fill out and turn in, or 2) set up an online account at and designate your beneficiary(s) there.

»Designate what percentage of your wage or dollar amount you want to save. The IRS allows you to contribute up to $18,000 a year (plus another $6,000 if you are 50 or older). Auto-escalate is switched off once you set a percentage or dollar amount. If you want to opt-out of the retirement savings plan, set your contribution percentage to zero.

»Designate if you want your account to be a Traditional or a Roth 401 (k):

»With a Traditional 401 (k) your contribution comes out of your paycheck before taxes are deducted. This can lower your taxable income. Just remember that you will pay income tax on your 401 (k) savings and investment earnings when you withdraw the money at retirement.

»With a Roth 401 (k), your contribution is taken out after taxes. You don’t get the upfront tax break, but your account grows tax-free and your withdrawals aren’t taxed later (as long as you have the account for at least five years and are age 59-1/2 or older when you start making withdrawals).

»Designate how you want your funds to be invested. The default is the Vanguard Target Retirement Fund that lines up with your 65th birthday. If you want your money invested differently, then you need to set that up.

»Designate how you want to receive your account statements. The default is to receive quarterly statements in the mail. You might prefer your statements be emailed to you or not sent at all since you can see them any time on the Empower web site. .

EyeMed Vision Care |
EyeMed Vision Care is an optional vision benefit Bright Wood people can add during Open Enrollment (March 15 to April 15). Buying coverage and using in-network providers may save you and your family money on eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, laser vision correction, non-prescription sunglasses, and other vision-related products and services.

HealthEquity |
HealthEquity is Bright Wood’s Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) administrator as of January 1, 2015. Visit their web site to track your account balances, request reimbursement, and upload receipts for both Health Care and Dependent Care FSAs. You can also call them 24-hours a day, 365 days a year with questions at 866-960-8055.

Wondering if an expense qualifies for reimbursement from your FSA account? Find answers here:

» Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 502 explains which medical and dental expenses are covered and which are not.

» Internal Revenue Service’s Publication 503 explains which child and dependent care expenses are covered and which are not.

MDLive |
Use your computer or telephone to consult with a licensed doctor or therapist 24/7/365. Cost is $10 for a medical or therapy appointment. Visit the web site or call 1-888-725-3097. There is also a MDLIVE Mobile App you can install on your smart phone or tablet.

Prescription Solutions® by Optum RX |
Registering on this site allows you to refill prescriptions ordered from the mail service pharmacy, see your prescription history, and check the status of current orders. You can also locate a pharmacy, research medicines, learn tips for staying healthy, and find ways to save money using the pharmacy plan.

rapid! PayCard® MasterCard® Debit Card |
Bright Wood associates have the option of receiving all your take-home pay or an amount you designate on a rapid! PayCard® MasterCard® debit card. Once you’ve signed up for a card with Bright Wood Personnel, use this web site to check your current balance, review a 60-day history of all the transactions on your card, and pay bills online.

Download the rapid! PayCard mobile app to your smart phone so you can check your balance, receive text alerts, move money between accounts, pay bills, etc.

What If My Card Is Lost or Stolen?
Call 1-877-380-0980 as soon as you suspect your debit card or personal identification number (PIN) has been lost or stolen. Call the same number if you notice a transaction you did not authorize in a text, online account history, or printed statement.

Also tell your site’s Personnel Office to deactivate your card. All the funds in your account will carry over onto a free replacement card so there should be minimal time when you don’t have access to your money during the work week.

Regence Advice24 — 1 (800) 267-6729
You can call this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to speak to a registered nurse if you are a member of either Bright Wood’s Basic or Plus Medical Plans. The nurse can help you decide if you need to see a doctor, how to treat a minor injury or illness, and answer questions about medications, tests, or procedures.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon |
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is Bright Wood’s claims administrator for the company’s self-funded health care plan. Use Regence's web site to find information about your medical and dental claims and view Explanation of Benefits statements.

This site is also where you go if you want to find out if medical and dental providers belong to the BlueCross BlueShield network so you can take advantage of preferred provider savings.

Two tips for registering on the Regence web site: 1) When asked to enter your Member ID, input only the numbers (leaving off the letters "BWX" printed at the beginning of your "ID NO" on your insurance card) and 2) your password must contain at least one of the following special characters: #, %, &, $.

Care Management and Wellness Programs Provided by Regence to Medical Basic and Medical Plus Plan Members:

» Regence Case Management advisors can help you navigate the health care system during times of crisis by 1) answering questions and providing information about your condition, illness, or injury, 2) helping you understand your treatment options and make decisions, 3) working with your doctors and supporting your treatment plan, and 4) making sure you're getting the most from your health insurance.

» Regence Disease Management can help you avoid complications and live better with conditions like diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and coronary artery disease.

» Regence Maternity provides knowledge, support, and comfort for moms-to-be. You can call the nurse line toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.