Retiree Information

Wellness Speaker Series sponsored by Smola Consulting

Wellness Speakers

Click HERE to get to know Captain Ben Harrow, our first speaker in the 2021 Smola Wellness Speaker Series themed ‘Connecting to Life’s Purpose’. In this video Ben describes how returning to ice hockey became part of his continued mental and physical rehabilitation following injuries sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan. Ben’s presentation next Thursday titled ‘The Obstacle is the Way’ will help inspire those ready to take the next step in living a life of purpose and meaning. During Ben’s presentation you’ll hear his life story in detail, how he manages the ongoing challenges of being a double amputee, and how his mindset led to setting new medical world records, speaking engagements around the world, and a thriving life as a father, husband, and advocate for wounded service members.

Ultimately, you will gain valuable insight and tips in resilience and self-care that you can apply to any challenge or situation in your life!

To register please click and view the 2021 Wellness Speaker Series Newsletter. Ben presents next Thursday, March 18th at 7PM via Zoom. This is a no-cost event and everyone is invited (participants do not need to be on the organizations health plan). We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your interest in our premier wellness event.

-The Smola Consulting Wellness Team

Excellus Blue Cross

To reach Excellus directly, please call 1-877-253-4797

Benefit Coverage related to COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines can be found on the Excellus website:

Excellus Blue PPO Signature Co-Pay Plan Benefit Summary

Excellus 3 Tier (Commercial) Drug Formulary

Excellus Step Therapy Prior Authorization List

Excellus PowerPoint Presentation, Elmira City School District 


*Earn and claim your $100 WellBeing Reward by 10/31/2020

WellBeing Rewards Brochure (can you make this a hyperlink to the above attached brochure)

Questions regarding the WellBeing Rewards please call: 877-748-2746


Notice from Excellus: As of September 1, 2020, Kroger, Albertson’s and Publix pharmacies are no longer part of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield network. Express Scripts (ESI), our pharmacy benefit manager, is working hard to help reduce overall costs for members by removing higher-cost pharmacies from the network. This was not an easy decision to make, but in the end, our goal is to provide the most cost-effective options possible for our members.

Retirees joining the MVP Health Care Advantage plan's on 1/1/2021 should have received your new insurance cards. If not, please contact MVP directly at 1-800-665-7924.

Medicare B premium reimbursements for July - December 2020 will be mailed out on or around December 23, 2020.