2020 Onsite Screening – Windom Area Health


Windom Area Health will be conducting voluntary health screenings onsite at the Council Chambers August 5th starting at 7:00 a.m.  These tests will be FREE to employees.

A Lipid and Glucose test in 2020 this is a requirements to qualify for the $500 Wellness Incentive.  We are also offering three additional tests for employees including Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA),  and Hemoglobin.  The PSA test is recommended for males age 50+ and the TSH is available to anyone who is interested. 

All tests will be in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  A 12 hour fast is required for all tests.

Please reserve a time by emailing chelsie.carlson@windommn.com or calling City Hall at 507-831-6129

Sign-up deadline is Monday July 27th.


Note: If you choose to do the screening with your primary provider, please have Physician Screening Letter completed and return to Chelsie.

Please email Windom.Wellness@windommn.com with any questions.



Life Insurance Benefit – Free for Full-Time Employees

NCPERS – Group Life Insurance Plan – Updated Resources

This coverage is paid by the City for all full-time employees.  More information about the plan and coverage is provided online (see overview video and brochure).



Further – Flexible Spending Account Changes

To: All employees

From: City of Windom

Date: 4/16/2020

Subject: Update to spending account eligibility list

Recently, the IRS expanded the eligible expenses list due to the passing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. You can find the updated list of expenses at https://learn.hellofurther.com/Individuals/Spending_Your_Account/Eligible_Expenses

Health spending accounts (HSAs) and Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) can now be used to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) medical products and feminine hygiene products without a prescription from a physician. This update is a permanent change to the eligible expenses list and includes retroactive purchases dating back to January 1st, 2020.

Some of the new eligible expenses include:

  • Tampons, pads and liners
  • Cold, cough, and flu medicine
  • Allergy and sinus medicine
  • Pain relievers
  • Digestive aids and laxatives
  • Baby rash ointments and creams

IMPORTANT, the system that allows medical spending account debit cards to work, is dependent on a national network. Until the network is fully up to date with the new eligible expenses, you should:

  • Save all of your receipts
  • Manually submit for reimbursement from your account
  • FSA account holders still need to substantiate the transaction with documentation to get reimbursed


To learn how to access your account online visit: https://learn.hellofurther.com/Individuals/Getting_Started/Registering_Online

If you have additional questions, please contact a Further customer service representative.

Further                         P.O. Box 64193                       Member Service       + 800 – 859 – 2144               hellofurther.com

                                        St. Paul, MN 55164                 Sales Support            + 855 – 363 – 2583               info@hellofurther.com


Dr On Demand – Free Visits 04/14/2020-06/14/2020

Doctor on Demand – Extended Opportunity

The Minnesota Healthcare Consortium and Blue Cross Blue Shield is extending this same opportunity for another period of time, however, with a slightly different member experience.

Same Opportunity / Different Process

  • This opportunity includes all types of Doctor on Demand visits including mental health. The visit does not need to be COVID-19 related.
  • No member cost for all Doctor on Demand visits for members participating in the Minnesota Healthcare Consortium Health Insurance Pool that is offered through your local service cooperative.
  • This extended opportunity is effective 4/14/20 through 6/14/20.

What is changing?

For this 60-day extension, the member is charged their cost share at the time of the visit on a credit card with a refund to their credit card at a later date.


Member Cost Share Refund

·     Member pays their cost share at the time of their visit via a credit card.

·     The member will receive a refund back on their credit card.

·     Typically, a reimbursement will be received within 30 days from when the claim finalized.

·     COVID Legislation Applies. If member has a COVID related claim that meets legislative requirements for no member cost share, Dr. On Demand will refund the cost share amount to their credit card.



2020 Wellness – Convene Presentation-WEBINAR

This training event has been changed to a live webinar with only one session.  Please plan to attend for 2020 wellness participation credit!

Here are the details and how to access the webinar:

Topic: From Boomers to Z: How to Work Effectively Across Generations

Date: Thursday, April 23rd

Time: 9:30 am – 10:15 am


Log into the webinar here.

Add the event to your calendar.


Live Presentation-Council Chamber

From Boomers to Z: How to Work Effectively Across Generations

For the first time in modern U.S. history there are significant members of 4 different generations in the workplace: Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.
Differences in work styles, expectations and preferences have a big impact on how well we work together…or not.  In this fast paced, interactive training you will learn why each generation approaches work and life the way that they do, and tips for adapting and working well together.

Date: Thursday April 23rd (2 sessions offered – attend 1)

 All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Email Comments/Questions to:  Windom.wellness@windommn.com or ask a Wellness Committee member.

Committee: Cheryl Lillegaard, Dawn Aamot, Nancy Sajban, Dana Wallace, Drew Hage, Chelsie Carlson



Hy-Vee Simple Fix Employee Workshop – Cancelled

This event has been cancelled.  Linda is no longer employed at Hy-Vee. 

2020 Wellness Employee Simple Fix Workshop
Sign-up now to prepare 4 easy grill meals to take home. (Employees and/or spouses are invited).

The workshop is scheduled for May 12th at 6:30 in the Hy-Vee kitchen and will last approximately 1 hour. 

The City of Windom Wellness Program will sponsor the workshop and reduce the full participant fee of  $60 to only $25 per participant (one per family)!!!.

Hy-Vee shops for the groceries, cleans and chops all the ingredients, and provides the space, bowls and utensils.

At the workshop each participant puts together 4 recipes in a separate freezer bag that they can take home, put in the freezer and then thaw out cook when they desire. Each meal includes a recipe, and cooking instructions.  The meals make anywhere from 4-8 servings. The purpose is to encourage cooking at home and becoming aware that it is cheaper to prepare meals than to eat out.

Simple Fix Recipes – May 12th Workshop

Freezer Meals for the Grill

Basil Balsamic Pork Chops

Greek Chicken

Marinated Flank Steak

Rosemary Apricot Chicken


A participant count is needed to plan supplies.  Call (507-831-6129) or email (chelsie.carlson@windommn.com)  to sign-up for the workshop.  Participant fee of $25.00 will be paid to Hy-Vee at the workshop.

Substitutions can be made for food allergies.  Please notify Chelsie if any accommodations are needed.

Space is limited.  Deadline for Signup is Monday May 1st.  Sign-up Today!!

2020 Medical Spending Accounts (Further/Select Account) – COVID-19 Changes

Message from Further/Select Account.  Link below to COVID-19 FAQ related to Medical Spending Account Questions.  More information will be passed along as it is available. 

Congress approves CARES Act updates


Today, Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act includes a provision that allows all over-the-counter products to be qualified as medical expenses. Menstruation care products have also been added as an additional over-the-counter category. The Act also includes a safe harbor, which allows a health plan to cover any telehealth service without a deductive requirement for plans beginning on or before December 31, 2020.

We are working with SIGIS to turn around an updated EPL list. Our members can now use their accounts to make these purchases.

More information about this Act is available here.

Additional Q/A information pertaining to this Act has been posted to the Learning Center COVID-19 FAQ page.

MSRS Customer Service Changes

MSRS Customer Service Changes during COVID-19 Social Distancing

As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, MSRS remains open for business. Our priority is maintaining the health and safety of our participants and employees while still providing retirement benefits and services. 

We have highlighted some notable changes as we continue business during this crisis.

Meetings with a Retirement Counselor

To limit exposure, all counseling sessions will be conducted by phone until further notice. Participants can Request an Appointment on the MSRS website or contact our Service Center to schedule an appointment.

Participant Concerns about Market Volatility

Over the last two weeks, equity markets across the globe have experienced sharp declines as investors reacted to news of COVID-19 and other events. It is understandable that retirement plan participants are concerned.

Now may be a good time to have your MSRS representative meet with your employees via phone appointments. 

Appointment scheduling is easy!  Simply schedule a date and your representative can send you a website link for your employees to sign-up online.

Retirement Seminars Rescheduled

MSRS pre-retirement seminars have been canceled through April, 2020. Future seminar dates have been posted on our website





2020 Wellness – Planned Activities – Earn Incentive

Here are some of the approved activities that are being planned for the 2020 Wellness Program. As a reminder to earn the $500 VEBA/HSA Incentive you must complete the biometric screening and participate in two activities offered by the Wellness Committee.

The Wellness Committee is busy working out the details.  The dates are tentative and subject to change.  More information to come regarding each activity. 

Action Title Time Estimate Description
2020 Sharecare Sign-up/Monthly Challenge Ongoing
Jan-Sept 2020
Signup for Sharecare Application and earn incentive one month in 2020
2020 Online Webinar  – Convene Training Ongoing
Jan-October 2020
Complete Live or Recorded Webinar
2020 Wellness – BCBS/SWWC Programs February 20, 2020 Attend in -house information session
2020 Biometric Screening – HyVee Feb 2020
Next – TBD
Complete Screening at Hy-Vee
2020 Unwind from your busy day with Yoga! March 2020 Attend one Yoga session in March
2020 Wellness – Convene Live Presentation April 23, 2020 Attend In-House Live Training
2020 Clean-up Walk and Social Hour at River City Eatery  May 2020 Attend Clean-up walk and Social Hour
2020 Hy-Vee Healthy Grilling Meal Preparation Workshop May 12, 2020 Attend Grilling Workshop
2020 Essential Oil Presentation  TBD Attend In-House Information Session
2020 Activity Bingo Board June – Aug 2020 Complete Bing0 Activity Board
2020 Employee Appreciation Event and Food Drive Est August 2020 Attend Employee Event/Food Drive Contribution
2020 Blood Pressure Program Sept-Oct 2020 Take Blood Pressure weekly for 8 weeks


Email Questions to:  Windom.wellness@windommn.com or ask a Wellness Committee member.

Committee: Cheryl Lillegaard, Dawn Aamot, Nancy Sajban, Dana Wallace, Drew Hage, Chelsie Carlson