For Retirees of the City of Winston-Salem

Retirement Essentials for City Retirees

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Dear Retiree,
On behalf of the City of Winston-Salem, thank you for your years of dedicated service! You can find important retiree information here to keep you up-to-date with your retirement benefits. Please feel free to call our office if you need additional information. We are always here to help!
Carmen Caruth
Human Resources Director

Health Risk Assessment Letter for Retirees [pdf/1p]

Tobacco Cessation Notice [pdf/1p]

Police Retirees: Police Retirees information [pdf] for important Cost of Living Adjustment to your WSPORS benefit.

2016 Benefits

**Due to the volume of questions, we may not be able to answer each email. Instead, questions will be answered here under Frequently Asked Questions.


Do I have to re-enroll in my benefits each year?
Retirees are encouraged to enroll in benefits during Annual Enrollment, UNLESS you are on the Medicare Advantage (United Health Care) plan. United Health Care participants do not need to make any changes. Blue Cross Blue Shield retirees should enroll each year, but benefits will default to your previous year elections should you fail to do so.

Have we changed carriers this year?
No. Active and retiree benefits are still administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The retiree Medicare Advantage Supplement Plan is still administered through United Health Care.

Health Risk Assessment

  • To receive the $50 wellness discount on your 2016 health insurance premiums, you must have completed the online health risk assessment by March 31, 2016.
  • Go to and log in:
    • If you do not have a log in, you must register for member services. You will need your BCBSNC insurance card to do so.
    • If you forgot your user name or password, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
  • After logging in, click on WELLNESS at the top and then on HEALTH ASSESSMENT.
  • The assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete.


Reminder: Employee Medical Services has moved. The new address is

32 West 32nd Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

LifeSmart Wellness Class Series

Sittercise Exercise Class

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday (unless noted)
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at South Fork Community Center

***For questions about upcoming wellness classes or to reserve your space, please call 748-3868 and leave a message on the Registration Hotline or email

How to take online Wellness classes through BCBSNC
City employees can fulfill their wellness class requirement by participating in online wellness programs offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Go to or (If you do not have a log in, you must register for member services. You will need your BCBSNC member card to do so. If you have any issues please contact BCBSNC customer service. Their number is located on the back of your insurance card.) After registering or logging in, choose Wellness at the top and then click on the Wellness Activities link on the left to access these options:

  • Healthy Living Conversations - Choose from 15 online, interactive conversations on such topics as stress management, healthy thinking and healthy eating
  • Online Monthly Seminars - Fun and engaging online seminars on a variety of wellness topics

HEALTHY OUTCOMES WELLNESS - Our Program for Better Health

North Carolina State Retirement Systems
North Carolina Treasurer
Pierce Group Insurance - a partner of the NC State Retirement System
Other Retirement Systems
  • Aetna Life Insurance: 1 (800) 826-7448, Aetna web site
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Reassure Life/Midland: (336) 765-1582 Roy Jennings
  • UNUM Universal Life 1 (800) 635-5597, Unum web site
  • CNA (Long-term Care): 1 (800) 266-2904, CNA web site
City-Sponsored Retiree benefits available to eligible retirees, spouses, and dependents
  • BCBS Medical Coverage for pre-65 retirees, spouses, and dependents
  • United Health Care Supplement coverage for post-65 retirees and spouses
  • $2,000 Retiree Life Insurance (Death Benefit)
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rev. 3/7/2016

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