Bright Wood Bulletin Board

Bright Wood is discontinuing HealthSparq on December 1, 2017 due to low associate participation. Members of Bright Wood’s Health and Wellness Plan can still access some medical cost estimates on the Regence website ( You can also save money by choosing preferred providers.

Sign Up for 2018 Flexible Spending Accounts by December 15, 2017
The enrollment deadline for 2018 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) is December 15, 2017. You must submit a new form to the Personnel Department if you want to tuck pre-tax dollars into a Health Care FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA next year.

Money goes into your FSA via regular, equal deductions each payday. Payroll contributions begin on January 10. Your contribution is subtracted from your wages before federal, state, and social security taxes are calculated so putting money into an FSA can potentially reduce your tax bill.

The monthly administration fee is $3.96 whether you have one FSA or two (Health Care FSA and a Dependent Care FSA).

Health Care FSA:
» The maximum annual contribution amount is $2,550 while the minimum is $60.
» You can use the funds in your Health Care FSA to pay 1) insurance deductibles, 2) your coinsurance portion, and 3) for certain medical, dental, prescription, vision, and hearing expenses not covered by Bright Wood’s Health and Wellness Plan.
» First-time Health Care FSA holders will be issued Visa® debit cards in mid- to late January. The entire 2018 elected amount is available to you on January 1.
» Current participants can roll over as much as $500 from their 2017 Health Care FSA into their 2018 account.

Dependent Care FSA:
» The maximum annual contribution amount is $5,000 while the minimum is $60.
» You can use the funds in your Dependent Care FSA to cover the care of a child less than 13 years old (for daycare, preschool, before and after-school care, summer day camps, etc.) or a disabled dependent adult.
» You pay costs out-of-pocket and then apply for reimbursement from your Dependent Care FSA funds.
» You can only deduct as much money as you have contributed thus far into your account.
» There is no option with Dependent Care FSAs to roll over funds between plan years; it remains a “use-or-lose” benefit.

Visit your site’s Personnel Office or call the Madras Headquarters at 541-475-7799 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to learn more.

Bright Wood Security Breach Notification
Bright Wood Corporation recently experienced a series of potential data security breaches involving the personal information of some of our current and former employees. Please read our Security Breach Notification to learn more about the incident and what steps you can take to protect yourself. We truly regret that this incident occurred and any inconvenience it may cause you.

Seeking News for the Company Newsletter
We have an eight-page newsletter to fill so please let us know if you have any story ideas or questions related to Bright Wood. We will publish as soon as we have enough content.

Share Your Photos of Funny Signs and Other Visual Communication Nails and Fails
Next time you see a clever sign or a visual fail – please take a photo and send it to Bright Words so we can publish it in the newsletter. We’re looking for laughs, but also to learn something that might help our workplaces speak better.

We’d prefer to publish photos taken by Bright Wood people or their family members because then we know for sure that we have permission to use them.

After Hours: Some of the Interesting Things Bright Wood People Get Up to When They’re Not at Work
Bright Wood people do lots of interesting things both on and off the job. If you or a coworker have a hobby, interest, sport, or volunteer experience that you wouldn’t mind sharing in the newsletter, please let us know. Our purpose is to showcase another side of our workmates we might not otherwise get to see.

Get Microsoft Office for $9.95
As an associate of Bright Wood you are eligible to purchase Microsoft Office 2013 for use on your home computer. All you need to do is follow the instructions in the attached PDF document. The cost is $9.95 to download the software. You may optionally order the DVD for $12 more. Be aware that you can only make one purchase and it is tied to your corporate email address.