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September 27, 2019

Benefits Fair: Wellness chats and open enrollment presentations

Submitted by Human Capital Services

The 2019 Benefits Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the K-State Student Union. The fair provides employees an opportunity to meet with benefit vendors and attend presentations to enhance their knowledge regarding their benefit options.

This year's Benefits Fair will feature five wellness chats in the Union's Cottonwood Room.

• Building Your Financial Castle, presented by Waddell and Reed, will be at 10 a.m.

Building Your Financial Castle starts with some important behaviors. Employees participating in this session will come away with three key learnings:

    1. Know where your money is going.
    2. Investor behavior impacts investment performance.
    3. You have 100% control over your own behavior.

• How to Protect your Loved Ones and Your Paycheck will be at 11 a.m. and is presented by K-State Teachers and Employees Association and the Hartford.

You've worked hard to build a life you enjoy with the people you love, now it’s time to protect it all.

Life insurance and disability insurance are both important types of insurance to consider, especially if you have family members who depend on your earnings. 

Have you considered what would happen if you were no longer there to take care of your loved ones? While nothing can replace you, having life insurance means that if something happens to you, your loved ones would be OK financially.

Your most valuable asset isn't your house, car or retirement account. It's the ability to make a living. Disability insurance pays a portion of your income if you can't work for an extended period because of an accident or illness. Think of it as paycheck protection. Without paycheck protection, you could risk getting behind on bills such as Rent/mortgage, car payments, tuition or utilities. The Teachers and Employees Association of Kansas State University offers very affordable voluntary term Life insurance for employees and your dependents and short-term disability Insurance for your paycheck protection. Learn about the different benefits available to you and how to protect your loved ones and your paycheck.

• Top Three Things to Know about Social Security and Retirement will be at noon and is presented by the Social Security Administration.

Your Social Security is an important component of your overall financial picture in retirement. Employees participating in this session will learn the three most important things to know about social security and gain valuable retirement information.

• An Introduction to LearningQuest, presented by American Century Investments, will be at 1 p.m.

Interested in learning how saving for education can be integrated in your financial plan? Employees who attend will learn about the importance of saving for education, 529 plans, and how to establish a Learning Quest Account.

• Supporting our Communities' Greatest Needs, presented by Konza United Way, will be at 2 p.m.

Konza United Way is honored to support 23 partner agencies in 2020. While each of them are leaders in their areas of focus, challenges are complex, and no single nonprofit organization can address each of them alone. Konza United Way proudly convenes these strategic partners who bring the right strengths to help accelerate and advance community progress in our areas of greatest need. 

When you donate or volunteer your time with Konza United Way, your investments become part of a collective effort. In particular, Konza United Way gifts enjoy a powerful multiplier effect, because contributions are pooled with other resources to increase the overall impact.

Did you know that it takes $1,000 to keep the Emergency Shelter open for one night? Or $1,200 is needed to sponsor a child through Sunflower CASA? Or $51 is needed to provide one victim of domestic violence with support services from the Crisis Center? Come learn more about the Konza United Way and how every dollar or hour of pay makes a difference, especially to that one in need.

• Open enrollment overview sessions will be at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the K-State Student Union Forum Hall.

October is open enrollment for health insurance, life insurance, and other supplemental benefits. The State Employee Health Plan will present information on the 2020 health plans and will be available to answer questions regarding open enrollment. An online, on-demand presentation is available on the State Employee Health Plan website.

Registration is not required for any sessions, but seating will be limited for the wellness chats in the K-State Student Union Cottonwood Room.

Questions? Contact the benefits team at benefits@k-state.edu