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Earlier this year the State of Rhode Island conducted a review of its State Employee Deferred Compensation Plan (the “457 Plan”). Through the process, the State determined that it would be replacing VALIC as an approved 457 Plan provider with TIAA. Moving forward, the three approved 457 Plan providers will be Fidelity, TIAA and Voya. Employees will be able to open a 457 Plan account with TIAA effective August 1, 2017. Account assets at Fidelity and Voya will not be affected by this change, but effective September 30, 2017, VALIC will no longer be an eligible provider for the 457 Plan and will no longer be allowed to receive contributions or transfers. There will be an open election period for VALIC participants from August 1, 2017 to September 25, 2017. VALIC participants can use this period to transfer their VALIC account assets to Fidelity or Voya or they can take no action and all existing contributions will be automatically redirected to TIAA beginning October 6, 2017 and all account assets will be automatically transferred to TIAA on October 12, 2017. 

For further information, please visit or attend an on-site plan change informational session.  These sessions will be held at various State agency locations throughout the months of August and September. Also, you may schedule one-on-one appointments with representatives from Fidelity, TIAA or Voya.



UnitedHealthcare Virtual Visits and Choosing Care

With so many options available, it’s important that you make the right choice when selecting where you receive health care. From NurseLine to the emergency room, Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan members have a diverse array of venues to choose from. Please review the “Choosing Care” flyer for guidance from UnitedHealthcare on how you can make the best choice for your health and your wallet.

Additionally, the Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan is proud to introduce Virtual Visits from UnitedHealthcare. Virtual Visits provides Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan members the ability to see and speak to a doctor online anytime from a mobile device or computer. Virtual Visits are good for doctor consultations regarding common acute conditions such as a cough/cold, seasonal flu, sore throat and sinus problems. Virtual Visits are not meant for any complex or chronic conditions requiring a hands-on exam or any kind of tests.

To access Virtual Visits, log on to and click on the Virtual Visits link on the right-hand side of the web page under the heading "What would you like to do today?"

Please review the Choosing Care and Virtual Visits flyers, and visit for more information.


Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the CCRI community:

  • Gary Appolonia, College Police Officer, College Police. 

  • Pamela Christman, Director, IT Customer Support & Quality Assurance, Information Technology.

  • Martha Donovan, Coordinator-Early Childhood Mentor for the RI Early Childhood Education & Training Program, Human Services.

  • Jarrod Pimentel, Budget Specialist I, Financial Analysis, Business Office.

  • Alex Sugalski, Information Services Technician II, Office Services/Rehabilitaive Health. 

  • Kayla Synosch, Paraprofessional, Dental Health. 



No matter where you are in life - just getting started or planning for retirement - a session with a financial consultant can help you create a unique plan for your goals. And, it's at no additional cost as a part of your retirement plan. You’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Am I invested in the right mix of investments to help meet my goals?
  • Am I saving enough to create the retirement income I need?
  • How do I take income from my retirement account once I stop working?
  • How do I plan for short-term goals such as saving for a house or education expenses?
  • How do I manage debt, save money and balance various financial priorities at the same time?

Register for a session to get an action plan created especially for you. RSVP today as space is limited. Register at or call 800-732-8353 weekdays, 8am to 8pm (ET).

Day & Date Time Campus Location
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9am - 4pm Warwick Room 3140
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9am - 4pm Lincoln TBD
Thursday, September 14, 2017 9am - 4pm Newport Room 233
Thursday, September 21, 2017 9am - 4pm Providence Room 2229
Thursday, October 19, 2017 9am - 4pm Newport Room 233
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9am - 4pm Lincoln President's Office
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9am - 4pm Warwick Room 3140
Thursday, November 16, 2017 9am - 4pm Lincoln TBD

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Employees interested in scheduling an appointment with CCRI's MetLife Representative, Jake Darsch, please call 401-243-8823 or via email for one-on-one counseling.


VALIC Retirement

Are you ready for the inevitable changes that occur in everyone’s life? Life is a journey. It can be full of bumps and potholes; making it quite hectic. Taking the time to make financial decisions will make the journey much more rewarding now and down the road. While we all have good intentions to get our finances in order, we may not take the time or even know where to start.

CCRI's Valic representative, Garfield Davidson, can help you develop a plan for your financial goals, your dreams and your life’s journey. Set up an appointment with Garfield by calling 401-413-2920 or via email at

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2017-18 Rewards for Wellness Program

The 2017-2018 Rewards for Wellness program year kicks off on July 1, 2017.  The activities for the 2017-2018 Rewards for Wellness Program include the following:

  • Benefits 101 Podcast ($50)
  • myHealthcare Cost Estimator ($50)
  • Rally Health Survey ($50)
  • One Rally Mission ($50)
  • Obtain a Blood Pressure screening of less than 140/90 or consult with your physician and put a treatment plan in place ($50)
  • Obtain a Total Cholesterol screening ($25)
  • Total Cholesterol of less than 200 or watch the Heart Healthy Podcast ($25)
  • Obtain a non-fasting Glucose screening ($25)
  • Non-fasting Glucose of less than 200 or watch the Understanding Diabetes Podcast ($25)
  • Obtain a Body Mass Index (BMI) screening ($25)
  • BMI of less than 30 or watch the Mindful Eating Podcast ($25)
  • Obtain an Annual Preventive Exam ($100)

In the coming weeks you will see additional communications from the Office of Employee Benefits about the 2017-2018 Rewards for Wellness program.  There will be emails, PayStubRI notifications, updates on website, and a program brochure mailed directly to your home.  Please keep an eye out!

We encourage you to take part in the Rewards for Wellness program, as it provides you with educational resources to learn about your health and to become an informed healthcare consumer, as well as activities to help you make changes for a healthier future.  All State of Rhode Island employees are eligible to participate in the Rewards for Wellness programs and screenings*, so we hope you will engage with us and tell your co-workers and friends to participate as well.

*All State of Rhode Island employees are eligible to participate in Rewards for Wellness programs and screenings, but only employees who are paying co-shares based on the Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan rates that are posted at are eligible to earn co-share credit incentives.

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Last Updated: 8/10/17