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VRS Hybrid Plan: Auto-Escalation of Contributions Takes Effect in January
Beginning January 1, 2017, the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Hybrid Plan’s auto-escalation feature goes into effect. This feature is designed to help you save more for your retirement by slightly increasing the amount that you contribute from each paycheck to your retirement savings. Learn more.

2016 VRS Member Benefit Profiles Available 
Member Benefit Profiles are now available for Virginia Retirement System (VRS) participants in Plan 1 and Plan 2. If your VRS membership date was on or before December 31, 2013, you are covered by one of these two plans unless you joined the VRS Hybrid Plan during the one-time opt-in period in April, 2014. The Member Benefit Profile is an online benefits statement providing important information including a retirement income analysis. This feature shows each member’s retirement income estimate as of June 30, 2016 compared to a retirement income target of replacing 80% of pre-retirement salary. The retirement income estimate combines each member’s estimated unreduced VRS benefit with a Social Security estimate. It also includes an estimated annuity from the Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) for those who participate.

To view your Member Benefit Profile, visit to log in or create a secure online account. Employees without any computer access may request a printed copy from VCU Benefits.

Member Benefit Profiles are not currently available for VRS Hybrid Plan members, however members of the Hybrid Plan can look up their current defined benefit and defined contribution account balances and other information through myVRS or the plan’s web site at The retirement planner in myVRS allows Hybrid Plan members to estimate potential income and expenses in retirement.

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Earn Your Premium Reward

Please note: If you recently completed and submitted your health assessment and physician results from a biometric screening, but have not yet seen a premium reward reflected in your paycheck, your reward may still be processing at the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM). VCU deducts from your pay the premium amount billed by DHRM and cannot adjust the amount of your premium deduction unless and until DHRM approves a discounted amount. Processing time can be 6-8 weeks from the time your activities are accepted by Active Health, however DHRM approves premium rewards retroactively based on the date the activities were completed. Any retroactive adjustments are reflected in your paycheck once they are reflected in DHRM's premium reporting to VCU. Thank you for your patience.

Employees and/or their eligible enrolled spouses in COVA Care and COVA HealthAware can earn premium rewards at any time during the plan year. This year’s requirements to earn premium rewards
are as follows:

If you are currently receiving and/or your spouse is receiving a premium reward, those reward(s) will end in June, 2016 unless they are already based on health assessment(s) and biometric screenings submitted July 1, 2015 or later. To qualify for a premium reward effective July, 2016 the health assessment and biometric screening requirements must be completed on or before June 30, 2016. If the requirements are completed later, premium rewards are effective the month after completion.

Reminder: Your Employee ID for registering with is 00+ the seven numerals in your health plan ID number. For example, if your health plan ID number is YTX1234567XU, your Employee ID for is 001234567. For COVA HealthAware members whose health plan numbers already begin with 00, simply use your health plan ID number. Enrolled spouses use the same health plan ID number but must register at the site separately. Review the Premium Reward frequently asked questions for more information. 

Questions? Contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

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IRS Form 1095-C for Affordable Care Act Compliance

For tax year 2015, IRS form 1095-C is provided to employees as proof of coverage under an employer-based health plan. Forms for faculty and classified staff in the state employee health benefits program (COVA Care, COVA HealthAware, COVA High Deductible Health Plan or Kaiser Permanente) will be provided in March by the Office of Health Benefits at the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management. VCU employees covered by the Postdoctoral health plan may obtain 1095-C forms through the VCU Office of Postdoctoral Services.

The deadline for employer-based plans to provide 1095-C forms is March 31, 2016. The forms are not required for filing tax returns, and the IRS has published guidance that individual taxpayers do not need to wait for form 1095-C in order to file tax returns. For further information, please see and share the Internal Revenue Service's "Questions and Answers about Health Care Information Forms for Individuals" at

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Anthem breach

COVA Care and COVA High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) participants seeking information about the cyberattack against Anthem can visit for information about the investigation.

  • See this notice pdf icon from the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), which administers the state employee health benefits program.
  • See also this notice pdf icon from Anthem alerting consumers to be aware of, and protect themselves against, email scams related to the cyberattack.
  • Anthem has contracted with AllClear ID to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to Anthem participants. To request identity repair assistance through AllClear ID, or to enroll in AllClear PRO at no cost (including credit monitoring and an identity theft insurance policy), visit for instructions.
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Faculty and staff in VRS hybrid plan: December 15, 2016 - increase your voluntary contributions now!

Virginia Retirement System (VRS) hybrid plan participants can increase voluntary contributions once per quarter. The election deadline for January 2017 changes is Thursday, December 15, 2016. Participants can make voluntary contributions up to 4% of their creditable salary into the defined contribution component of their hybrid account and receive up to a 2.5% employer match. For more information about the effect of increasing voluntary contributions, see Voluntary Contributions - How Important Are They to Your Future pdf icon.

Questions? Contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

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Special programs for faculty and staff in the State Health Benefits Program

Disease management, maternity management and bariatric surgery programs previously offered through Anthem have transitioned to ActiveHealth Management for the current plan year and are available to COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP participants. New lifestyle coaching services have also been added. Health plan participants will receive information from ActiveHealth Management at their home addresses. Click here pdf icon for more information. 

Questions? Contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

HR seminars for important savings, investment and retirement information 
Total compensation

Compensation is more than just a paycheck at VCU. You enjoy many benefits beyond the value of your salary. Learn more about how much you really make pdf icon

VRS member news

Full-time and part-time faculty and staff enrolled in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) can stay informed about their retirement benefits by subscribing to the VRS member news publication.

Questions? Contact VCU Benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

VRS member benefit profiles

Annual member benefit profiles (MBPs) for participants in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) are available by logging onto myVRS. VRS no longer mails paper copies of these statements. Employees without computer access may request a printed copy of their MBP by contacting VCU benefits at (804) 827-1723 or

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Benefits summaries

Benefits are an important part of your total employment package from VCU. Some of these benefits are provided automatically to you while others are optional. In addition, you can choose to extend some benefits beyond your university employment. For a summary of all your benefits, choose from the employment classification below that best describes your position at the university.



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All benefits

Access the full listing of VCU employment benefits

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New employee resources

New to VCU? We offer a number of resources for new employees — from orientation to training opportunities to handbooks. Be sure to review the new employees page for a listing of these links.

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Life events and your benefits

Any time you experience a life event change — such as getting married, starting a family or retiring — remember to review your benefits. You may need to provide us with updates. Other times, you may want help in resolving some of the family and personal issues that occur because of these changes. In those situations, please look into our work/life resources for assistance.

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VCU Gold access to health care

VCU Gold is a program that allows university employees and their family members (new patients) to receive “fast track” ambulatory care scheduling with the first available provider at VCU medical center specialty clinics. Call (804) 628-3627 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. Visit the VCU Gold page for details.

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