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



Hy-Vee Simple Fix Employee Workshop – Back by Popular Demand!

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!!

Deferred Compensation Representative Contact Info

Introducing Your NEW MSRS Representative

800-657-5757 x 5855

Contact Sarah if you have any questions about your MSRS Plans:

 – Minnesota Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan (MNDCP)

 – Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP)

Sarah is available for:

Individual Counseling Sessions
Employees can get a comprehensive review of their retirement plan account and evaluate different investment strategies.









2020 Wellness – Convene Live Presentation


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)

Session 1: 930-10:15

Session 10:15-11:00

 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



BCBS – Omada Program

If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, you know it’s no walk in the park. But there are things you can do—small steps you can take, starting right now—that can make a big difference. Your Omada health coach (a Certified Diabetes Educator) is here to help you identify those steps and work towards your unique goals together.

See if you’re eligible at omadahealth.com/mhc


Simplify tracking

Track your glucose levels, weight, and activity all in one place.


  • Get a glucose meter and as many test strips as you need
  • Receive a wireless scale connected to your account
  • Get personalized feedback based on your readings


Manage highs and lows

Find sustainable ways to level up your energy.


  • Get help managing (or potentially reducing) medications
  • Make sense of patterns with the help of your coach
  • Gain powerful problem-solving skills for any challenge


Eat better, move smarter

Discover easy ways to sneak healthy choices into daily life.


  • Learn how food, activity, sleep, and stress relate to diabetes
  • Adopt small lifestyle changes that can lead to lower A1C results
  • Gain practical carb counting tips for managing blood glucose


Get support and accountability

Stay motivated to reach your evolving goals


  • Receive ongoing advice from a Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Make daily progress through a customized action list
  • Log in from anywhere with 24/7 mobile and online access


Don’t forget: Omada also supports people who want to lose weight and reduce their risks of developing chronic conditions.


If you or your family members are at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease, or are living with type 2 diabetes, and enrolled in our Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota health plan, Minnesota Healthcare Consortium will cover the entire cost of the program (a $650+ value).

Take the first step today. See if you’re eligible at omadahealth.com/mhc


Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

2020 Wellness – BCBS/SWWC Programs


BCBS/SWWC Education Session-Council Chamber


Date: Thursday February 20th (2 sessions offered – attend 1)

Session 1: 9-9:45

Session 2: 10-10:45

A representative will give a brief overview of the functions of SWWC Coop and how health insurance premiums are determined.  The Wellness and cost savings programs offered through BCBS and SWWC will also be covered.    There will be time for employee questions.  All are welcome 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



Employee Payroll/Benefit Information

Helpful information & links available on the Employee Section of the website.  If you are unable to access this page, please contact Denise Nichols or Chelsie Carlson at City Hall.