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October 19, 2010, Volume 57, No. 08

Resources to Support
Your Everyday Needs

(This is the third in a series of articles this October that honors National Work and Family Month—a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of worklife benefits.)

We know you have important responsibilities outside of work. Balancing your job, life and family is a priority for everyone, but sometimes it can get overwhelming. When it seems like there are too many decisions and too little time in any given day, Penn’s Worklife Resources service can help.

Worklife Resources—provided through Penn Behavioral Health—is a free and confidential, 24-hour a day service that provides you with support for your everyday goals. From resources for dealing with family, health, financial and legal issues to household, dining, travel and entertainment options, you have access to a wealth of information right at your fingertips. 

You can also call for additional assistance. Phone center counselors can help you determine exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s identifying child care center openings or arranging free financial consultation and legal services. Contact Penn Behavioral Health at 1-888-321-4433 to speak with a counselor, or visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife/resources.aspx for information.

Hearing Aid Discounts Available to
IBC and Aetna Plan Members

We’re all looking for ways to be more cost-effective in today’s economy, especially when it comes to your health and wellness. If you’re looking to save more when it comes to your hearing care, we can help. Penn’s medical plan carriers—Aetna and Independence Blue Cross (IBC)—are pleased to offer discounts on hearing aids for eligible plan participants.

The Aetna HearingSM discount program allows eligible members to pay less for hearing aids and exams through HearPO®, a leading provider of hearing supplies. Participants receive discounts on all hearing aid styles and models as well as hearing aid batteries. You’ll also receive free follow-up service for one year. For more information or to determine your eligibility, visit www.aetna.comor call HearPO® at 1-888-HEARING (1-888-432-7464).

Independence Blue Cross also helps you save more on hearing aids through Blue365, a new discount program available to eligible plan members as of October 1, 2010. Blue 365 offers access to free hearing screenings and discounted hearing aids through two respected companies: TruHearing® and Beltone. TruHearing®, a high-quality provider of discounted hearing supplies, also gives you access to the Lifetime Wholesale Membership Program which includes hearing aid batteries for life. Beltone, a global leader in hearing health care, offers services at over 1,400 locations nationwide and guarantees a lifetime of follow-up care and service for participating members. Visit www.ibxpress.com for more details or call 1-800-ASK-BLUE (1-800-275-2583).

—Division of Human Resources

Almanac - October 19, 2010, Volume 57, No. 08