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Make a resolution to become a part of 'UMass Medicine Cares'

Last fall, UMass Medical School launched UMass Medicine Cares to increase awareness about the breadth and depth of the community service efforts and accomplishments of UMMS community members. Since then, the Web site has been expanded and now includes not only a way to record your volunteer activities, but resources for finding both external and internal volunteer opportunities.

The new year is a great time to begin new volunteer activities and a great time to record them in the UMass Medicine Cares database so that your efforts, along with those of your fellow UMMS community members, can be acknowledged. Get started today—visit inside.umassmed.edu/UMassMedicineCares. For more information about UMass Medicine Cares, contact the Office of Community Affairs at ext. 6-4400.

Volunteer fair planned

A volunteer fair designed to connect members of the UMMS community with volunteer opportunities in the local area will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the old Medical School Lobby. Look for additional information about the fair in the February issue of Focus, on the UMMS intranet Message of the Day and in your e-mail.

Important GIC benefit changes effective February 1, 2010

To help meet its projected FY10 deficit, the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC) took the rare step of voting to implement benefit changes effective February 1, 2010. Information about the benefit changes, including additional details about the deductible and premium, rates are on the GIC Web site at www.mass.gov/gic. On a brighter note, premiums for state employees and non-Medicare retirees will decrease approximately $6 to $17 per month, depending on health plan, coverage and hiring date (on or before June 30, 2003). Details about new premium rates are also be on the GIC’s Web site.