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September 13, 2013

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Delegates Busy at 30th Annual Convention Upcoming Events The 2013-2014 Board of Governors will meet on Oct. 11-12 in Raleigh.

More than 850 delegates gathered last week in Greensboro to determine SEANC’s direction for the coming year at the 30th Annual Convention. President Sidney M. Sandy presided over the event and was elected to a second term. First Vice President Art Anthony, Second Vice President Stanley Gales and Treasurer Betty “B.J.” Jones all won re-election. Delegates participated in valuable trainings and heard speeches from SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. They also voted on policy platform objectives that will guide SEANC’s lobbyists in the coming year. We'll let you know the Top 10 Policy Platform Objectives that delegates chose in an upcoming edition of The Scoop and in the November edition of The Reporter. Visit SEANC's Facebook page for photos and information from the convention.

Problems Piling Up at DHHS The turmoil at the Department of Health and Human Services continued this week. The News & Observer published a frontpage article on Monday about the firing of the state’s top dentist, Dr. Rebecca King,


who had worked with the state for 35 years, after a tense meeting with DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. Also this week, legislators questioned decisions recently made by DHHS including high-dollar services contracts with people connected to Wos.

A Great New Deal for Current Boston Mutual Customers! Boston Mutual is currently holding open enrollment for its term-life plan offered to SEANC members. Through Oct. 30, active members working a minimum of 30 hours per week for the State of North Carolina who are currently enrolled can elect to increase their benefits up to two $10,000 increments without evidence of insurability, as long as the amount does not exceed the guarantee issue amount. The open enrollment does not apply to spouses or members age 70 and older, which will require evidence of insurability. Several enhancements have also been made to the plan for the coming year. Take a look at the program here, or contact a SEANC Group Insurance Specialist for more information.

The Fun's Not Over at Area Theme Parks SEANC members are invited to Friends & Family Days at Kings Dominion and Carowinds! Enjoy a special ticket price that includes park admission, a picnic lunch and parking for $45. The event at Carowinds is Saturday, Sept. 28, and the event at Kings Dominion is Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets may only be purchased online. See this flyer for more information. To purchase tickets, visit www.kingsdominion.com or www.carowinds.com and enter SEANC in the top right corner under the promo code. The tickets for Kings Dominion include admission to Halloween Haunt, but a separate ticket must be purchased for Scarowinds Halloween Haunt at Carowinds.


More State Employees Side with SEANC Congrats to the 78 new members who recently chose to empower themselves and the public services they provide by joining SEANC! Welcome to new members from the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Public Instruction, Public Safety and Transportation, Clinton City Schools, Cumberland County Schools, Durham County Schools, Granville County Schools, Hoke County Schools, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of Administrative Hearings, the Office of the State Treasurer, East Carolina University, Forsyth Technical College, UNC-Charlotte, Stanly Community College, Wake Tech Community College, Western Carolina University and several retirees. If you would like to host a recruiting event at your workplace, contact Member Action Director Lynn Cote.

Member Discount: AAA Carolinas Gain peace of mind while you travel the roads this fall. SEANC members receive $10 off first-time enrollment in AAA Carolinas. If you are already an AAA member, you can receive $10 off gift memberships for family and friends. Click here for more information.

Sylvan Heights is for the birds! Did you know that the largest bird park in North America is located in North Carolina, and you can get a discount on admission with your SEANC membership card! SEANC members receive $1 off when visiting Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck just by showing your member ID card.


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September 20, 2013

Questions Continue Over DHHS Hirings/Firings The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and its leader, Dr. Aldona Wos, continue to make headlines over hirings and firings. Multiple stories this week detail the hiring of another McCrory supporter to a $95,000 a year, unadvertised position. Also the department released more details on the firing of Dr. Rebecca King, the head of the Oral Health Section, attempting to distance Wos from the firing. However, when DHHS spokesman Ricky Diaz was asked "whether Wos ordered or approved the dismissal, or [Wos] was unaware that King would be fired," Diaz did not reply. These latest headlines, in addition to Medicaid payment and other well-publicized concerns for the agency, have led some lawmakers to ask State Auditor Beth Wood to investigate “apparent systemic mismanagement.� For the latest news or to make your voice heard check out our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events The 2013-2014 Board of Governors will meet on Oct. 11-12 in Raleigh.

SEANC President Appoints Statewide Committee Heads President Sidney M. Sandy has selected his committee chairpersons to help lead the association for the 2013-2014 SEANC year. Please join us in congratulating these members on their appointments, which begin Oct. 1. For a full list of the click here.

Potted Potter in Charlotte Are you a Harry Potter fan? Or do you just enjoy a good show? Make sure you take advantage of the latest SEANC memberonly discount and see the Olivier Award-nominated show


Potted Potter. Put on by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, the show will be at McGlohon Theater, Oct. 15-20. Click here for more information and to order tickets.

The Fun's Not Over at Area Theme Parks SEANC members are invited to Friends & Family Days at Kings Dominion and Carowinds! Enjoy a special ticket price that includes park admission, a picnic lunch and parking for $45. The event at Carowinds is Saturday, Sept. 28, and the event at Kings Dominion is Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets may only be purchased online. See this flyer for more information. To purchase tickets, visit www.kingsdominion.com or www.carowinds.com and enter SEANC in the top right corner under the promo code. The tickets for Kings Dominion include admission to Halloween Haunt, but a separate ticket must be purchased for Scarowinds Halloween Haunt at Carowinds.

State Employees Association of North Carolina P.O. Drawer 27727 Raleigh, NC 27611 800-222-2758 | seanc.org


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September 27, 2013

SEANC to Host Health Plan Forums SEANC will host State Health Plan forums in October to help prepare members for the changes to the plan in 2014. Topics covered at the forums include the advantages and disadvantages of options for active employees and Medicare-eligible retirees, as well as the actions required to avoid costly surcharges. Meetings will be held in Morganton, Raleigh, Elizabethtown, Greenville and Winston-Salem. For more information, click here or contact Suzanne Beasley. Better yet, print out one of our flyers and post it at your worksite to invite all of your coworkers to this valuable event!

SEANC Welcomes 89 New Members!

Upcoming Events The 2013-2014 Board of Governors will meet on Oct. 11-12 in Raleigh.

Congrats to the 89 new members who recently chose to empower themselves and the public services they provide by joining SEANC! Welcome to new members from the departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Revenue, Transportation, Cumberland County Schools, Granville County Schools, Harnett County Schools, Sampson County Schools, UNC Chapel Hill, Wake County Schools, Western Carolina University and retirees. Contact Lynn Cote for more information.

Colonial Life Offers Guaranteed Coverage!


SEANC has signed an agreement with Colonial Life to provide several special offers to active state employees, including current and new SEANC members. This includes guaranteed issue for cancer, group critical illness and universal life policies without a health assessment. A state employee must be "actively at work" and not disabled in order to enroll themselves, spouses or children. Covered critical illnesses include heart attack, stroke, major organ failure, permanent paralysis due to a covered accident, coma, blindness, occupational infectious HIV or occupational infectious Hepatitis B,C and D, and more. For more information on the new offerings, contact a SEANC Group Insurance Specialist or a Colonial Life representative at 1-888-7326248.

The Fun's Not Over at Area Theme Parks SEANC members are invited to Friends & Family Days at Kings Dominion on Saturday, Oct.12! Enjoy a special ticket price that includes park admission, a picnic lunch and parking for $45. Tickets may only be purchased online. See this flyer for more information. To purchase tickets, visit www.kingsdominion.com and enter SEANC in the top right corner under the promo code. The tickets for Kings Dominion include admission to Halloween Haunt.

Act Now: Hyatt Legal Open Enrollment Closes Monday! Hyatt Legal Plan's open enrollment closes Monday. The legal plan provides you with easy access to a national network of over 10,000 attorneys for your most frequently needed personal legal services. For more information, visit the SEANC website or contact the SEANC Office at 800-222-2758.

State Employees Association of North Carolina P.O. Drawer 27727 Raleigh, NC 27611 800-222-2758 | seanc.org



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