By Suna Gulay, PhD
As the current NICHD Basic Sciences Representative, I represent NICHD postdoctoral fellows at the FelCom meeting every month and share the latest news with you here. Do you have a concern or question that you want brought up at the next meeting? Contact me at email@example.com!
Happy New Year, Fellows!
As we start 2018, the NIH Child Care Board wants your feedback. What are your needs for child care services? Which needs have not been adequately met, including special needs like dual language and medical conditions? Are you having any subsidy issues? Please send your concerns and feedback to me, or directly to the Child Care Board liaisons of FelCom: Choon Kiat Sim (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Blake Warner (email@example.com).
Recently, there have been changes to FAES provided health insurance, most importantly increases in deductibles and out-of-pocket expense limits. These took effect on November 1, 2017. Please review the FAES Benefit Guide 2017-18 for a comprehensive review of your benefits. FAES partners with CoreSource to provide NIH postdoctoral fellows and their families with Aetna Signature Administrators PPO healthcare plan, VSP Choice Exam Plus vision benefits plan, and pharmacy benefits through CVS CareMark. FAES insurance specialists and CoreSource will help you choose in-network providers and understand your benefits. Please do not hesitate to use these resources when you need help or clarification.
Stay tuned for opportunities to join FelCom in the spring: Social Committee co-chair and Recreation and Welfare Committee liaison positions will be opening soon. Contact me at the above email address to learn about the latest openings and other ways to serve on FelCom, and how the FelCom experience may be beneficial to your training.