benefitsAnthem to Replace OptumRx for PPO Pharmacy Benefits in 2018

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Anthem Blue Cross will administer pharmacy benefits for all of UC’s preferred provider organization (PPO) medical plans. This change will affect faculty, staff and retirees enrolled in the following PPO plans: Core, UC Care, UC Health Savings Plan, UC High Option Supplement to Medicare, and UC Medicare PPO with Rx. Anthem currently administers medical and behavioral health benefits for UC’s PPO plans, and will continue in that role in 2018. OptumRx will continue as the pharmacy benefits administrator for UC’s PPO plans through 2017. If you have questions about your current PPO pharmacy benefits, visit the OptumRx website or call OptumRx at 855-798-4682.

Join the Wellness Ambassador Team

UCI Wellness Ambassadors are volunteers that help to create a culture of health within the workplace by promoting employee participation and engagement in wellness programs, services and events. If you have enthusiasm and passion for health and care about your personal well-being and the well-being of others, join the UCI Wellness Ambassador team! An orientation program will take place 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at The Cove @ UCI Applied Innovation. For more information and information about how to join, visit the UCI Wellness Ambassador website.

Upcoming Personal Development Webinar

ComPsych Guidance Resources, UCI’s employee assistance program, is presenting a webinar this month on personal development. Register to attend “How to Deal With a Difficult Person” noon Wednesday, August 30. If you register and are unable to attend, ComPsych will email you the recorded webinar. Previous EAP webinars are also available to view on-demand. Visit the EAP website for a full list and to register for upcoming webinars.

Plant Growing In Savings Coins -Fidelity Financial Education Class

As part of your UCI Wellness Program, Fidelity hosts financial education classes on a variety of topics each month on campus, at the UC Irvine Medical Center and online. No matter where you are in your financial wellness journey, join your co-workers this month to learn more about resources and expertise available to you. For more information about upcoming classes and to register, visit

abstract finger click donate signDonate Unused Vacation Time to the Catastrophic Leave Program

Help a co-worker in need! Do you have unused vacation time piling up? Consider donating to UCI’s Catastrophic Leave Program, which allows the continuation of salary and benefits for eligible employees who have exhausted all paid leave due to a serious illness or injury. This program relies entirely on vacation leave donations from employees and is fast approaching a zero balance. Eligible donors cannot donate more than 50 percent of their vacation balance at the time of transfer. A donation form is available here (PDF). Learn more about the program policies and procedures in Section 300-14.

keys in the keyholeLock and Key Services

The Facilities Management lock and security shop provides full lock and key services for the campus. To order keys, cardkeys or a specific lock installation, please submit an online work order or contact the Facilities Management service desk at 949-824-5444 or For lock and security questions, you may contact the shop directly at

Safe Operation of Motorized Carts/Low Speed Vehicles

As the new school year begins, we can expect increased congestion in both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorized carts/low speed vehicles are small, agile vehicles that typically operate in close proximity to pedestrians, and thus pose a unique safety risk. Practicing safe driving techniques and having an awareness of the potential hazards associated with the operation of motorized carts are key components in preventing injuries to staff, faculty, students and visitors.

Before operating a motorized cart EH&S reminds you to:

  1. Plan the route – Whether it’s construction, higher pedestrian traffic at certain times of the day or special events, conditions around the university campus have a tendency to change frequently. A color coded map (PDF) of approved cart driving areas on campus is available on the EH&S website.
  2. Inspect the cart – Before operating a motorized cart/ LSV conduct a quick walk around of the vehicle and look for damaged tires, loose parts, leaking fluids or any other sign of vehicle damage. Additionally, for electric motorized carts check the battery charge indicator to ensure adequate charge for your trip.
  3. Operate the cart in a safe and responsible manner – If available, wear seatbelts while the cart is in motion. Ejection is the number one motorized cart related cause of injury. Speeds as low as 10 mph can generate enough momentum to eject a passenger or operator from the cart. Avoid any and all activities that may cause distractions while driving. When traveling through heavy pedestrian traffic areas, use alternate routes or stop until the area is clear to proceed. Yield to pedestrians at all times.

Additional information on the motorized cart/low speed vehicle program is available here.

UCI ZOTline to Return Sept. 19

UCI ZOTline is on a modified publication schedule for the summer. The next issue will be Wednesday, Sept. 19. View our publication schedule and submission guidelines for additional information.