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jmcnichol

Reston, Virginia
Human resources director for an association in the DC area. I am passionate about health and wellness and my labor of love has been to develop a comprehensive wellness program for our 250-person staff.
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Helping My Friends Be Healthcare Savvy by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Practically a Book Club, December 2013 During our last book club meeting, the conversation shifted to health care. One of my friends was told she ... Read on »
Building Better Bento by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health When I hit the doldrums of January, I found my lunches were loaded with carbs. It's easy for me to eat lots of fruit and vegetables when my local farmer's market is in ... Read on »
How Popular is Our New HSA? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Not quite as popular as the color purple... ASHA Staff on Spirit Day Photo by Ben Sledge We introduced a high deductible health plan wit ... Read on »
Paying for Your Care with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health ​A staff member recently asked me this question. I know I'll be responsible for paying the allowed amount until I reach my deductible, but how will I know what that i ... Read on »
Change Allows Participants to Rollover FSA Funds by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Image from savingsvillage.com On October 31, the IRS and the U.S. Treasury Department announced a change allowing a limited carryover of unused he ... Read on »
Estimating Your Health Care Expenses by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health If you're trying to decide which healthcare plan is right for you and your family, it helps to estimate your expenses. I really like this tool from Wage Works . You ... Read on »
How Will You Fund Your HSA? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health The IRS establishes how much you can contribute to an HSA each year. In 2014, an individual can contribute $3,300 and a family can contribute $6,550. If you're older t ... Read on »
Why Wouldn't I Want an HSA? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health You've looked at the amount of money you can save in premium. You like the idea of paying yourself instead of the insurance company. You consider yourself, or are read ... Read on »
Introducing A New HSA Option for ASHA Staff by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Image from  landauinjurylaw.com  - In addition to our Choice Network Only plan and our Choice Plus plan with an in and out-of-network benefit, we ... Read on »
Our Fitness Class Schedule by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health It's been awhile since I shared much about the exercise classes we offer on site. We do what we can to (1) encourage people to make a long term commitment to exercisin ... Read on »
In Search of Unprocessed Chocolate Bars by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I like good chocolate and I know I'm in good company. I don't want to go without during October Unprocessed, so I went to Whole Foods today and read the labels. I walk ... Read on »
Pay Raises and Managing Up by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health I realize these topics have nothing to do with workplace wellness, but I've been involved in two things that I'd like to share.  First, in the October issue ... Read on »
Flu Shot Clinic at ASHA October 9 by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health ​If 92% of our staff are vaccinated, we could basically stop the spread of the flu within our workplace. Please consider getting a flu shot to protect yourself and tho ... Read on »
Day 1 of October Unprocessed by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Today kicks off our October Unprocessed challenge. If you haven't signed up yet, or you have and you're still wondering what to do, this is where you should start. Fir ... Read on »
Do's and Don'ts of October Unprocessed -- Choosy Moms Choose Jif No More by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health In last weeks introductory post , Kellie introduced us to October Unprocessed. If it can be made in a home kitchen with whole food ingredients, it's considered unproce ... Read on »
Send Health Care Exchange Notice √ by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Last week, the DOL announced that employers will not be penalized if they do not send the exchange notice to their employees by October 1. A survey by the Washington ... Read on »
October Unprocessed -- Guest Post by Kellie Rowden-Racette by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Oh, the irony of working on this post today. I spent last weekend in Bristow, Oklahoma celebrating my Aunt Lois' 80th birthday. My Uncle Jack prepared a mountain of sm ... Read on »
Retail or Mail Order for Your Maintenance Meds? by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Have you ever stopped to think about the cost implications of choosing to fill a maintenance medication at a retail pharmacy rather than through a mail order p ... Read on »
Happiness Comes to Those Who _____ by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health Want to be happier? Read this article in Fast Company --  10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today -- and practice the simple things that have been scientif ... Read on »
ASHA Recognized as One of Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers by jmcnichol Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Workplace Health We're honored to be included in the Washington Business Journals' list of the areas healthiest employers again this year. The award honors companies whose policie ... Read on »