Meet The Wellness Staff

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Moving Metro has a new Wellness Program Manager. We welcome Juanita Hawkins who joined the staff of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Fund in November 2016! Juanita comes to us from The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission where she faced many of the same challenges familiar to local 689 members. Juanita looks forward to drawing on her experience to develop a holistic program focused on essential well-being elements (mental/financial/physical/social).  She is eager to expand our network of champions and continue to facilitate various onsite health education and lifestyle change programs to help employees increase their awareness of healthy lifestyle activities!   

Juanita’s personal interest in wellness and desire to help people led her into this field.

“Wellness programs complement traditional health care benefits. My mission is to empower employees to find ways to not only stay active and eat healthy, but to adopt a healthier lifestyle overall. I look forward to meeting and working with Local 689 members, shop stewards and superintendents to build, support, and continue to increase engagement in our amazing 689 Moving Metro Wellness Program!”

Juanita has been in the Human Resources field for over 10 years and promoting wellness for the last six years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and is certified in worksite wellness and a health and wellness coach and is a certified diabetes lifestyle coach.

Please feel free to contact Juanita at (202) 679-9887 or jhawkins@tehw.org!

 

 

Brandon

Brandon M. Graves, is a graduate at the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Community Health and an ACE certified personal trainer as our Worksite Wellness Specialist. Brandon joined the team in October 2015 with the goal of helping to grow the 689 Moving Metro Wellness program.

He is a native of the area, born in Washington, D.C and raised in Largo, MD. Joining us from Anytime Fitness where he was the lead personal trainer, committed to helping others reach their health-related goals.  Prior to that, Brandon was also an intern at the Jackson Graham Building for the METRO Wellness program.

“I want to help our METRO workers understand that being healthy is not just a habit, it is a lifestyle that can lead to a longer, fuller and more satisfying life! My favorite aspect of this job is that I get to help motivate individuals to change their life for the better and I like to challenge myself by being an example.” 

Brandon looks forward to meeting and working with the participants of the Transit Employees’ Health and Welfare Plan.  

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 Jennifer Branison is our new Communication Consultant who specializes in web content and social media management. She previously served as Digital Strategist for Central Union Mission where she received special recognition for her creative strategies that helped the organization obtain new donors.


She also serves as DMV Chair for The White Dress Project where she empowers women to be their own advocates and take control of their health.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is Jennifer's passion and she is eager to use the power of storytelling to help spread that message across TEHW's multiple platforms.

Jennifer graduated from American University with an M.A. in Interactive Journalism.

She is excited about implementing effective strategies to increase engagement and promote new initiatives in the Local 689 Moving Metro Wellness Program.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer at jbranison@tehw.org

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How does the Spousal Credit work?

The 2012 collective bargaining agreement permits employees to receive a credit of up to $1,200 if their spouse opts out of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Plan’s health insurance program. It can only be used as a credit against medical and dental benefit expenses incurred as a Participant in the Plan. You must elect the spousal credit option each year.

Up to $100 per month will be applied to reduce the cost of your medical and dental insurance. It cannot be applied to reduce the cost of any supplemental life insurance you may have elected or of any other voluntary benefit.

Example

Your plan requires a monthly contribution of $80 toward single coverage and $208 toward family coverage. Here is how the credit will work:

  • For a family with only employee and spouse coverage, the spousal credit would change your plan from family to single (from $208 to $80) and the credit would further reduce the monthly contribution for single coverage ($80) to zero.
  • For a family with employee, spouse and children coverage, the spousal credit would not change your family plan coverage ($208), but it would reduce the $208 amount you pay to $108 (the maximum credit of $100 per month).

This credit is available to employees and retirees, but cannot be combined with the employee opt-out payment. This credit is available only if the employee or retiree remains covered in the Transit Employees Health and Welfare program.

You can only elect the spousal credit option during the annual open enrollment period, usually in May of each year. It will be effective for your premiums for the following July 1st. Download the Spousal Credit form here.

If you have more questions, please contact the Health and Welfare Plan Office.

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