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BAE Systems supports our veterans

September 2021

During these troubling times, it is so important to recognize the efforts of those who served and continue to serve our country. The situation in Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of September 11 could trigger previous traumas, unanswered questions, and troubling emotions for our veterans and their loved ones. BAE Systems offers benefits and resources to support you and your loved ones. If you are struggling or know someone who is, please reach out.

If you are in crisis, having thoughts of suicide, or know a service member or veteran in crisis

Connect with the Military Crisis Line / Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24/7/365. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or chat online.

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Confidential support through the Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Cigna EAP offers confidential support through resources and counselors to help you navigate life’s challenges, including mental health issues. You and the members of your household are automatically enrolled in the EAP, and you don’t have to be in a Cigna medical plan to use the EAP’s tools and services.

EAP resources for veterans

Veteran Support Line: Call Cigna’s Veteran Support Line 24/7 at 1-855-244-6211 to speak with licensed Cigna behavioral therapists, some of whom are veterans themselves. They can provide you and your family members with free and confidential support to help you work through complex issues and crises. This service is open to all veterans regardless of medical plan.

Mindfulness for Vets Program: All veterans can receive training in stress management, acceptance, and compassion through Cigna’s Mindfulness for Vets telephonic program. Mindfulness is an evidence-based therapy that’s been proven to have a positive impact on depression, stress, anxiety, performance, sleep, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. This program is open to all veterans – you do not have to be a Cigna medical plan member to participate. All sessions are conducted by a Cigna specialist and last about an hour. Several options are available.

  • For veterans only: Every Tuesday at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Call 1-866-205-5379 (passcode 113 29 178) to join.
  • For veterans, their families, and caregivers: Thursdays 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Call 1-866-205-5379 (passcode 113 01 992) to join.

Talkspace: All BAE Systems employees and their household members have free access to Talkspace, a text- and video-based therapy service that connects you to a dedicated, licensed therapist in your state whom you can privately text or chat with via live video anytime, anywhere. Any communication you have with your therapist is confidential, and if you’re using the Talkspace mobile app, you can set a unique passcode for an extra layer of security. Get started with Talkspace now.

Support networks at BAE Systems

Join the Veterans Support Network, an employee resource group focused on connecting employees of the armed forces' Total Force and its supporters. The VSN seeks to foster an environment that members can identify with, contribute to, and become passionate about by focusing on retention, career development, and the professional development of members who have transitioned to the private sector. VSN leverages the mentorship of seasoned employees to guide them through their transitions and promote their continued growth. Email to learn more.

Reach out to an Advocate. Advocates, some of whom are veterans, are specially trained members of the ABLE ERG who are available to any employee seeking emotional support and/or psychological safety. Locate an Advocate through the Advocate Directory (must be on the BAE Systems network).

Visit the Resilience page for resources to improve your well-being.

Honor a veteran or active-duty military friend or family member on the Digital Military Honor Wall (must be on the BAE Systems network). The Digital Military Honor Wall is a place to pay tribute to the heroic men and women defending our nation – past and present. To make an addition to the Wall, please view these instructions.

More support resources from Cigna

Coping with distressing current events

Cigna EAP support for military veterans

Managing distress after violent attacks

Join us for four free financial webinars and make some “$mart money moves” for 2021!

June 2021

We are pleased to continue our financial webinar series with four financial webinars, back by popular demand, for June. If sessions reach maximum capacity or you cannot attend due to schedule conflicts, recordings of these Alight Financial Advisors webinars have been posted to BenefitsNavigator1 to view at your convenience.

Although the recorded webinars are available on demand, we encourage you and your family members to join the live sessions to take advantage of the question and answer segment. Attendance is limited, so please register early for these free, one-hour webinars by using the links below.

Register for a webinar today!

Approaching Retirement
Tuesday, June 1
2 pm ET

Investing Fundamentals
Thursday, June 3
2 pm ET

Make the Most of Your BAE Systems 401(k)
Tuesday, June 22
1 pm ET

Understanding Social Security & Medicare
Thursday, June 24
11 am ET

Did you miss a session or want to review what you learned? Access encore, on-demand webinar recordings of all the topics, and you can have family members watch with you.

Take advantage of these financial webinars to reset, reassess, and reward yourself with some “$mart money moves” this year.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the registration links, please copy and paste this URL into a new browser window:

1 To access the recorded sessions on BenefitsNavigator, select “Financial Education Center” from the “Savings & Retirement” menu. From this page, select the “Financial Well-Being On-Demand Webinars” tile in the upper right area of the page content.

Racial trauma is real. Together we can work toward healing.

April 2021

With recent events in our country, there’s a renewed focus on systemic racism in American culture, and how we can better value and celebrate diversity and inclusion. Cigna is offering several resources to help:

  • Guide you in racial discussions with loved ones
  • Cope with what you’re feeling about recent racially driven events
  • Take care of yourself during this stressful time and make positive changes in reducing stress

Visit to find educational resources, presentations, flyers, podcasts, and more to build your knowledge and navigate this difficult time.

Bright Horizons offers college prep webinars and virtual tutoring

April 2021

Help with all aspects of planning for college

Bright Horizons College Coach® can support your family through a variety of important educational challenges, such as:

  • Navigating the complex college admissions process
  • Designing an academic and extracurricular plan centered around your child’s interests and strengths
  • Analyzing financial aid packages, negotiating, and making the final decision

The experts at College Coach include former admissions and financial aid officers from some of the nation’s most well-known colleges. Expert guidance is available through live events, online support, and personalized assistance.

View the upcoming webinars and register today!

View the schedule Register now

New to Bright Horizons?
Visit Then enter:
Employer Username: BAESystems
Password: Benefits4You

Schedule a free one-on-one session with an expert to discuss your family’s unique situation. Call 844-358-1615 or email

Virtual tutoring from Varsity Tutors

Starting April 15, eligible employees will be able to exchange back-up care sessions for four hours of tutoring from Varsity Tutors for children ages 5-18 who need extra help. These hours may be used in one-hour blocks over multiple sessions.

To get started, register for backup care through Bright Horizons (Employer Username: BAESystems, Password: Benefits4You). Pay the copay rate for in-center care, and once you receive a confirmation email from Varsity Tutors that your account has been activated, you can request a tutor and schedule tutoring hours by following these step-by-step instructions.

Note: Bright Horizons College Coach does not sell investment products, recruit for colleges, or benefit financially from planning decisions made by families as a result of expert guidance provided by Bright Horizons College Coach experts.

Cigna medical plan COVID-19 coverage continued

March 2021

As the world makes progress against the pandemic, health care policymakers and medical plan providers continue to make decisions that will affect plan coverage. At BAE Systems, we remain committed to offering benefits that help you and your families thrive at work and at home.

Early last year as the pandemic took hold, we enhanced our Cigna coverage to provide COVID-19 testing and treatments at no cost to enrolled employees and their eligible dependents. Some plan providers have recently stopped covering COVID-19 treatment at 100%, including Cigna’s fully-insured plans. As a self-insured plan provider, we have determined that employees need additional time to receive COVID-19 vaccines and any necessary care in the event of a COVID diagnosis.

BAE Systems will continue to cover COVID-19 testing and treatments at 100% under the Cigna medical plans for months to come.

Once vaccines are widely available and have been distributed, we expect COVID-19 testing and treatment will return to a normal cost share of 20% coinsurance for most employees after meeting your medical plan deductible. Please keep in mind that vaccines are considered preventive care and will remain covered at 100% under our medical plans.

New and enhanced benefits for you and your family

Throughout the course of the pandemic, we’ve added new benefits and enhanced services to help you and your family stay safe, healthy, and resilient, including:

As we emerge from the pandemic, public health remains a significant national issue. Shifting policy and plan decisions will require that we remain adaptable to meet the evolving needs of our employees and their families. Please make time periodically to visit this site. New benefit information and updates are posted regularly – not just during Annual Enrollment!

Contact Cigna by calling 1-800-530-1314 or by visiting

Your clock will spring forward on March 14 — will your body do the same?

Feb 2021

Our clocks will spring ahead on March 14, but your internal clock may need some time to adjust. Losing that one hour of sleep can affect productivity, concentration, and both your physical and mental health. Here are five tips to help your mind and body safely adjust to daylight saving time.

  1. Hit the hay earlier. Ease your body into the time change by starting your nighttime routine 15 minutes earlier in the days leading up to March 14. This can be especially helpful if you have small children, since they tend to feel the effects of the time change more than adults.

    Try it: Turn your clocks forward Saturday morning instead of Sunday morning. Live your day based on that schedule, if possible. Giving your body an extra day to adjust can help recalibrate your circadian rhythm.
  2. Be consistent with your wakeup time — even on weekends. Yes, sleeping in can help you feel more rested in the short-term, but it actually causes difficulties falling asleep and waking up during the week. In fact, getting out of bed at the same time every morning is the single best way to improve your sleep and enhance how you wake up.

    Try it: On the first Sunday of daylight saving time, get up at your regular time whether you had a good night's sleep or not. Try your best not to nap if it’s not part of your schedule.
  3. Soak in the longer evenings and warmer weather. Sunlight helps naturally reset your body clock, and provides you with mood-boosting Vitamin D.

    Try it: Let a little light filter into your bedroom in the morning. You may find that you wake up more alert and ready to start your day when you let a little light in.
  4. Add exercise to your day. Being physically active can improve your health and your sleep.

    Try it: Go for a walk, run, or bike ride outdoors during daylight where you are exposed to natural sunlight.
  5. Reduce screen time. Television, tablets, and phones may help you unwind for the evening, but they can stimulate your brain and actually make it harder to fall asleep.

    Try it: Avoid television, phone, and computer screens at least one hour before bed to relax your mind and foster better sleep.

If you’ve been struggling with sleep for several months, it might be time to consult the experts. Take Sleepio’s free two-minute sleep test to get your sleep score. Then, sign up for the free sleep course to help you improve your sleep. You have nothing to lose!

Curious about Cariloop? Sign up for a free webinar or coaching session.

Feb 2021

Attend a free webinar on Wednesday, February 17
Learn more about Cariloop's services with this introductory webinar on Wednesday, February 17, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET. RSVP here.

Schedule a 15-minute coaching session on Wednesday, February 24
Book a 15-minute private session with a Cariloop coach from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 24. Schedule your session now.

What is Cariloop?
Cariloop is a free concierge service that offers all employees certified Care Coaches to help you navigate your BAE Systems benefit options and locally available options to confidently make a choice for family care.

3 things you can do right now to set yourself up for success in 2021

Jan 2021

Given the year we just experienced, it can be tempting to rush into 2021 full of expectations, ideas, and plans. It’s natural to be excited for a new year, but after coming off such a difficult year, we could all stand to give ourselves a break in terms of what we “should” do in 2021, and instead focus on the small actions that we “can” do to improve our well-being and outlook. Here are a few ideas.

Take time for yourself

Following the year we just had, odds are you dedicated a lot of time to helping others, and didn’t leave much time for you. The new year is a great time to focus on yourself and make sure you’re feeling your best. Prioritize yourself by carving out time to do one thing you love each day, whether it’s as simple as stepping outside for a quiet 10-minute walk or carving out an hour to watch your favorite show. If you’re in search of some self-care ideas, visit the Resilience Hub. Down time is time well spent, and each little step you take for yourself will leave you feeling confident and rejuvenated for whatever tasks lie ahead.

Start chipping away at any holiday credit card debt

Starting the new year with credit card debt may not be ideal, but if that's the situation you're in, don't waste energy beating yourself up over it. Start small by cutting back on non-essentials. This will free up cash for you to put toward paying down debt. Ready for a bigger change? Set up a budget that maps out your monthly expenses. Reviewing this budget will help pinpoint savings opportunities for each month. For more tips and information about “good” debt versus “bad” debt, check out the short videos and tools on the Financial Education Center, located on BenefitsNavigator.

Review your subscriptions

Subscriptions can be a great convenience…if you’re truly using them. Review your bank statements, credit card statements, and yes, even your Amazon Prime account, for subscriptions. If you find any that you no longer use, or any that you forgot you signed up for, take action and cancel them. That small action can really pay off in the new year, and free up money that you can put toward something you’ll truly enjoy. If you’re interested in swapping them for other subscriptions, Beneplace offers deals on subscriptions to meditation apps, gym memberships, and meal delivery services, to name a few.

Cigna EAP offers real support for real life situations

Jan 2021

In light of recent civil events, you may be experiencing shock or worry about the future. Your Cigna EAP is here for you. In addition to helping you cope with the difficult emotions you may have, it can also offer you strategies to address how you’re feeling. If you need additional help, connect with the EAP for one-on-one support.

Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Manage your emotions this holiday season

Dec 2020

As the pandemic continues, your holiday celebrations and traditions may look a little different.

Review these tips from Cigna to help manage your emotions during this holiday season. Cigna also offers a range of free resources to help you build your resilience and navigate your overall emotional well-being during the pandemic.

If you need even more support, consider speaking with a professional, at no additional cost to you, and get one-on-one help and guidance for a range of life issues.

2021 is around the corner: Do you have money left in your FSA?

November 2020

If you have an FSA and haven’t yet used all of your money, you must do so by December 31. The FSA is a use-it-or-lose-it account, which means that if you haven’t spent the money in your account by the end of the year, you lose it. Keep in mind that you have until April 30, 2021 to submit receipts for expenses incurred in 2020.

What can I buy using my FSA?

Wondering how to use your FSA dollars? If you’re due for a teeth cleaning or eye exam, make an appointment and use your FSA to pay for items associated with those visits, like glasses and contact lenses, as well as crowns, caps, and other dental treatments.

In addition to spending FSA dollars on vision and dental expenses, you can also visit for ideas or consult the approved medical expenses list from the IRS.

How do I check my FSA balance?

Visit BenefitsNavigator and click “Health & Insurance.” Select “Health & Insurance Summary” and then “Health Care FSA” to view your balance.


Call the BAE Systems Benefit Center at 1-888-900-4223. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.

This is no ordinary flu season

September 2020

With two dangerous viruses going around at once, now is the time for us to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities by getting a vaccine that already exists: the flu shot.

When should I get my flu shot?
It’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible and before flu season peaks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot in either September or October. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in, so it’s important to get your shot before the start of flu season.

Do I need to get a flu shot every year?
Yes, and this year it’s extremely important that you protect yourself due to the pandemic. Getting the flu could make you more vulnerable to Covid-19, and it is possible to have the flu and the coronavirus at the same time.

How much does it cost?
The flu vaccine is fully covered by your Cigna medical plan—at no cost to you. If you don’t have a Cigna medical plan, check with your insurance carrier about your plan coverage.

Where can I get a flu shot?
Flu shots are offered in many doctors’ offices, clinics, and pharmacies. If you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu shot from a nearby health department, pharmacy, or urgent care clinic.

Is it safe to visit a doctor’s office to get the flu shot?
Yes, primary care offices are consistently following infectious disease protocol and social distancing. No matter where you receive your flu shot, make sure your provider is practicing social distancing and requiring people to wear masks.

Can I get the flu from the shot?
No, the flu vaccine doesn’t cause the flu. According to the CDC, it contains an inactivated virus—meaning the virus is no longer infectious—or a particle designed to look like a flu virus to your immune system. The nasal spray flu vaccine does contain a live virus. However, the virus is changed so that it can’t give you the flu.

How does coronavirus differ from the flu?
It can be hard to know the difference between the flu and coronavirus. There are many similarities between the coronavirus and the flu, including that both are respiratory viruses that spread through droplets.
Classic flu symptoms include fever, body aches, cough, and other repository symptoms like shortness of breath. Covid-19 has all of these symptoms and more, such as sore throat, rashes, and strain on the heart, lungs, and brain.

What should I do if I think I have the flu or coronavirus?
If you think you have the flu or coronavirus and start experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor immediately, self-isolate, and wear a mask at home.

BAE Systems supports our employees impacted by natural disasters

August 2020

As a BAE Systems employee, you and your loved ones have access to Cigna’s disaster relief resources. These resources are available to everyone, regardless of medical plan coverage, and are designed to help you and your loved ones prepare for the unexpected, as well as cope during and after a disaster or tragedy.

Train your mind to slow down and let go of negativity

August 2020

Mindfulness: It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot these days, but what is it and what does it really mean? 

Mindfulness is maintaining moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.

It can help you break free of limiting thoughts, such as constantly thinking about what you should be doing or ruminating over what you could have done differently. By practicing mindfulness, your thoughts tune into “the now” instead of replaying the past or imagining the future. And you learn to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body. 

Techniques can vary, but in general, mindfulness meditation involves a breathing practice and awareness of body and mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation doesn't require props or preparation. All you need is a comfortable place to sit, 3 to 5 minutes of free time, and a judgment-free mindset.

Interested in learning more? Watch a Cigna webinar or download slides from the presentation. Or get started by trying this free online exercise

If you're having trouble practicing mindfulness meditation on your own, consider downloading an app (like Calm or Headspace) that provides free meditations and teaches you a variety of tools to help you get centered throughout your day. As a BAE Systems employee, you’re eligible for a discount on the Calm app through Beneplace.  

What the CARES Act may mean for you

July 2020

By now you may have read about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act but are uncertain about how this new law affects you. Under the CARES Act, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you may seek reimbursement for additional expenses and can stop or change your Health Care or Dependent Care FSA elections. 

New reimbursable expenses

You may now pay or receive reimbursement for:

  • Over-the-counter drugs and medicines without a doctor’s prescription.
  • Menstrual care products, which are now considered a qualified medical expense. 

All expenses incurred after December 31, 2019, qualify for reimbursement and you may purchase any of the above-mentioned items with your Health Care FSA or HSA debit card. This provision has no expiration date.

Changes to Health Care and/or Dependent Care FSA elections

Effective immediately, BAE Systems will allow you to either change or stop your contributions to your Health Care and/or Dependent Care FSA this year as a qualifying status change. This change can only be made once, so be sure you’ve considered all of your current and future expenses before making the change. 

IRS regulations only allow for future changes and do not allow you to be refunded FSA contributions you’ve already made in 2020. Additionally, you can’t change or stop your contributions to be below what you have already contributed for the year. For example, if you’ve already contributed $1,500 and want to stop your contributions, your change should reflect $1,500 (not $0). 

To make a change, go to BenefitsNavigator and click “Life Changes.” From there, click the “Other Life Changes” tile and then select “COVID-19 FSA Change” from the drop-down menu. Check the “I Agree” box and then click “Continue” to stop or change your contribution amount. 

Questions? Call the BAE Systems Benefit Center at 1-888-900-4223. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET.

COVID-19 and your BAE Systems benefits

June 2020

BAE Systems continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We recognize this is a stressful time for many of our employees. Know that you have several resources available to you to help you navigate COVID-19 and help you maintain your health and wellness. 

Accessing testing and care

Cigna covers FDA-approved serology tests only for those who have tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Cigna does not cover tests to see if you have immunity to the disease—known as antibody tests—for nondiagnostic purposes.

Cigna covers medical care for COVID-19 and will waive cost-sharing and copays for office visits (including urgent care, emergency room, or telehealth), testing, and treatment.  

If you’re concerned that you might have COVID-19 and would like to get tested, scheduling a virtual care visit with your primary care provider may be a good place to start. They can help you understand whether you need testing or not. If testing is recommended, use Cigna’s search tool to find a testing center near you.

If you have questions regarding your Cigna coverage, visit or call 1-800-530-1314 anytime, day or night.

Feeling stressed?

For resources on coping with the stress of coronavirus or anything else, contact Cigna’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Your Cigna EAP offers you and your family free and confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse. You do not have to be enrolled in a BAE Systems medical plan to use the EAP’s tools and services. 

Cigna EAP is also offering several on-demand webcasts that address the impact of today's challenging climate. These one-hour webcasts offer strategies for managing stressful thoughts and emotions and practicing mindfulness. There are also sessions specific to managers. View a webinar now.

Money on your mind? Access an on-demand financial well-being webinar today

April 2020

When it comes to understanding your finances, knowledge is power. Maintaining a budget, contributing to your 401(k) plan, and paying bills on time are important skills and practices to be financially healthy. But you may not not fully understand why they're important or how to successfully do them. We can help. 

Through our partnership with Alight, we’ve made a series of financial education on-demand webinars available to you 24/7.  Topics range from “Beginning Your Financial Journey” to “Estate Planning Fundamentals,” so there’s something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.

Access the webinars anytime through BenefitsNavigator

  1. Click on Savings & Retirement and select Financial Education Center.   
  2. From the drop-down menu, click on Financial Well-Being On-Demand Webinars. 
  3. Choose the webinar you want to watch. 

If you’d like to have one or several of these webinars presented live to your team, please contact

Get support for your children's at-home learning

April 2020

Bright Horizons®️ World at Home is a new way for parents to keep their children learning in light of at-home learning. Designed by education experts, World at Home features videos and activities for each of Bright Horizons’ curriculum areas, including yoga and mindfulness, STEM learning, language, story time, cooking, and more. This benefit is free to all eligible employees, and no registration required.

Access the EAP for help in these challenging times

March 2020

Our lives, routines, and well-being have been greatly impacted by COVID-19, and as we adjust to this new and evolving situation, you may be more prone to experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness, or addiction.

If you are struggling to cope, you don’t have to go it alone. Help is available 24/7 through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP offers free and confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse. You and members of your household are automatically eligible to participate in Cigna’s EAP, even if you are not a Cigna medical plan member through BAE Systems benefits.

Using the EAP for the first time

The process is a bit different depending on whether you participate in BAE Systems Cigna medical plan benefits.

If you’re a Cigna medical plan member: 

  • By phone: 1-800-591-9339
  • Online: Register at using the Employer ID “baesystems.” Then, select “Employee Assistance Program” from the “Coverage” tab.

If you’re not a Cigna medical plan member:

  • By phone: 1-800-591-9339
  • Online: Visit and select “Register.” Answer a few questions about yourself, and then select “I want to register for the Employee Assistance Program ONLY.” Then, enter “baesystems” as your employer name/ID, and follow the steps to create a username and password.

How the EAP can help

Personal advocates and mental health professionals are available to provide support to you and your family members as you work through financial concerns, depression, anxiety related to COVID-19, stress of having kids home from school, addiction, and any other issues you may be dealing with.

If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a therapist or simply need someone to listen, you can receive up to eight behavioral health counseling sessions by a secure online video or by phone per issue, per year, at no cost to you.

Cigna also offers free mindfulness and stress management podcasts and on-demand wellness webcasts to help you manage your well-being.

Now, more than ever, we all need to focus on taking care of our health—physical, mental, and emotional—as well as the health of our loved ones. If you or someone you know needs help, call the EAP at 1-800-591-9339. Representatives are available to take your call 24/7.

Four simple steps to take in preparation for Daylight Saving Time

March 2020

Moving your clocks forward on March 8 may leave you feeling the effects of sleep loss, even if it’s just one hour. 

Sleep expert Sleepio shares simple steps you can take to re-set sleep patterns gradually, so you feel less exhausted when Daylight Saving Time begins.  

1. Re-set your sleep pattern before March 8.

Gradually adjust your sleep the week before the clocks change. During the week, shift the times you go to bed and wake up by just 15 minutes. By the time Sunday, March 8 hits, you’ll be accustomed to the time change.

2. Respect the clock.

Resist the temptation to sleep in on Sunday morning. It’ll make the rest of your week easier if you wake up at your normal time, even though you’ll feel like it’s an hour too early.

3. Make the most of daylight.

Natural light helps kick-start your waking process. Once you’re awake on March 8, get out and enjoy as much of the day as you can! This will help you sleep better on Sunday night.

4. Avoid the snooze button.

Get out of bed immediately upon awakening. Open the curtains, turn on a bright light, take a cold shower, listen to upbeat music—whatever it takes to jump-start your day. Pressing the snooze button and lounging around in bed will only leave you feeling groggy.

Need more help getting your sleep back on track? Take Sleepio’s free two-minute quiz, and get free sleep advice that’s tailored to you.

Join your fellow colleagues in setting and achieving savings goals

February 2020

America Saves Week aims to inspire Americans to set savings goals, make a plan, and save automatically. At BAE Systems, we care about your financial wellness. Our tools and resources are designed to help you save for your current and future needs. No matter your financial goals, we can help you meet them.

I’m saving for…

My future. Whether you’re saving up to attend next year’s Super Bowl or for retirement, automated deposits can help you meet your goals. Automated deposits direct money from your paycheck and put it where you want it—a short- or long-term savings account, investment account, or even your Health Savings Account. Whether it's weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, create a schedule and stick to it. Once you make saving automatic, you won’t even have to think about it.

Want to learn more about saving for your future plans? BenefitsNavigator offers tutorials, videos, tools, and calculators to help you budget, plan for retirement, and establish savings goals. Visit BenefitsNavigator, and select Financial Education Center under the Resources section, or select Savings and Retirement, and click on the Financial Education drop-down button to view these valuable financial wellness resources.

I’m saving for…

The unexpected. It pays to plan for the unknown. If an accident or illness keeps you from working for an extended period of time and you’re unable to work after 26 weeks of continuous disability, a long-term disability (LTD) plan can help cover a portion of your salary. You can choose to enroll in LTD coverage during Annual Enrollment. 

And if an unexpected health situation happens, you have access to these additional resources:

Advance Medical. All employees and their dependents (even those not enrolled in one of our Cigna health plans) can take advantage of Advance Medical, a free and confidential service that provides access to experts around the country to help you understand a diagnosis, evaluate treatment options, and provide a second opinion. 

MDLIVE and Amwell. Cigna plan members can save time and money with a free 24-hour nurse line and telemedicine through MDLIVE and Amwell. Be sure you’re ready to review your benefits resources during Annual Enrollment so that you can make good financial decisions about your physical wellness options.

I’m saving for…

A vacation. You work hard, so why not treat yourself to a vacation? Our employee discount site, Beneplace, offers you and your family discounts on vacations and day trips. Plan your next trip today. 

I’m saving for…

Emergencies. A goal for an emergency fund is having three to six months of your standard living expenses saved. If you're struggling to save, start small. Even just $10 a week will eventually add up, and you can increase that amount over time. Plus, it gets you in the habit of saving. For advice and tips on building your emergency fund, visit BenefitsNavigator, and select Financial Education Center under the Resources section, or select Savings and Retirement, and click on the Financial Education drop-down button to view these valuable financial wellness resources.

What you need to know about the Wuhan Coronavirus

February 2020

Learn more about the Coronavirus and how to protect yourself.

So, how’s that New Year’s resolution working out for you?

January 2020

Let’s face it: Breaking a habit is hard. What’s even harder? Starting—and maintaining—a new, healthy habit. Whether you’re looking to sleep more soundly, save more money, or finally complete that Couch to 5K program, our resources are here to help you succeed.

In 2020, I will:

Get more sleep, wake up feeling better rested, and actually stop hitting the snooze button. 

Have you tried Sleepio? Sleepio uses cognitive and behavioral techniques that can help you understand your sleep needs and get a better night’s rest—for free. Take a two-minute test and take back your sleepless nights. Learn more about how Sleepio can help.* 

Run a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or even a full marathon. 

Gear up for your next training cycle with exclusive discounts on gear, gadgets, gym memberships, and more, through Beneplace. Start saving at Beneplace today.

Take more time for myself during the week.

Honoring your commitment to “me” time can be tricky when others depend on you for care. Visit the Bright Horizons website and learn how you can take advantage of discounted back-up care services and its comprehensive database of caregivers, house cleaners, dog walkers, and more.   

Save more money.

Our Financial Education Center is here to help you learn, plan, and save. Available on BenefitsNavigator, the Financial Education Center houses tutorials, videos, tools, and calculators to help you expand your financial knowledge and savings savvy.

*Sleepio is available to BAE Systems employees and their spouses who are enrolled in a national Cigna medical plan.

Important information about your 401(k) Savings Plan account

December 2019

Effective January 1, 2020, the 401(k) Savings Plan trustee will transition from State Street Bank and Trust Company to Northern Trust Corporation. As part of this transition, any request to withdraw or diversify assets in your account will be temporarily restricted starting with market close on December 30 through December 31, 2019. Any pre-scheduled auto rebalances for December 31, 2019, will be processed on January 2, 2020. 

Review your account and consider how this may impact your financial plan during this brief transition period. If you have any questions about the temporary account restriction, contact the BAE Systems Benefit Center at 1-888-900-4223.

Look for your medical ID card in your mailbox

December 2019

New Cigna medical plan members: Your medical ID cards are on their way to your address of record.

If you’ve lost your medical ID card or need medical ID cards for a dependent, you can request a new/replacement ID card by visiting Allow up to two weeks for your new card to arrive in the mail. 

Need a temporary ID card? You can print a “proof of coverage” card from your home or office printer. This card has all the information you need to receive medical care. 

Visit or call 1-800-530-1314 to speak with a representative.

Three reasons not to skip your flu shot

October 2019

Getting a flu shot is an important step toward keeping yourself healthy. The flu shot:

  1. Lowers your risk of getting the flu. 
  2. Reduces the severity of symptoms if you get sick.
  3. Makes you less contagious to others.

When should I get vaccinated?

It’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible, and before flu season peaks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you receive one by the end of October. But it’s never too late to get one if the flu is still around. And remember, you need to get a flu shot every year.

How much does it cost?

The vaccine is fully covered by your Cigna medical plan—at no cost to you. If you don’t have a Cigna medical plan, check with your insurance carrier if you have questions about coverage.

Where can I get a flu shot?

Flu shots are offered in many doctors’ offices, clinics, and pharmacies. Your workplace may also offer them. If you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu shot from a nearby health department, pharmacy, or urgent care clinic.

Can I get the flu from the shot?

No, the flu vaccine can’t cause the flu. According to the CDC, it contains an inactivated virus—meaning the virus is no longer infectious—or a particle designed to look like a flu virus to your immune system. The nasal spray flu vaccine does contain a live virus. However, the virus is changed so that it can’t give you the flu.

How soon does the flu shot protect me after I get it?

It takes up to two weeks to build immunity, and you can still catch the flu during that time.

What you should know about e-cigarettes and vaping

September 2019

Concerned about the outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use? The Employee Assistance Program and information from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help.

Seven deaths and more than 380 cases of lung illness have been linked to e-cigarettes, leading the CDC to issue the following statement:

“CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use.”

Concern about vaping and the significant dangers it poses for youth continue to rise. In addition, there is growing concern about vaping prevalence and the significant dangers for youth. 

What resources are available to me?

If you’re concerned about a loved one who is using e-cigarettes, contact your Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The Cigna EAP is free, confidential, and you don’t have to be a Cigna medical plan member to use its services. With the Cigna EAP, you have several resources at your fingertips, including:

  • Telephonic consultation services 
  • Referrals to counselors in your area 
  • Additional information about e-cigarettes and vaping
  • A smoking-cessation program*

*Available to Cigna medical plan members only

See how BAE Systems supports our employees and their families impacted by natural disasters

As a BAE Systems employee, you and your loved ones have access to Cigna’s disaster relief resources. These resources are available to everyone, regardless of medical plan coverage, and are designed to help you and your loved ones prepare for the unexpected, as well as cope during and after a disaster or tragedy.

Have you heard? Your employee discount site just got even better

August 2019

Beneplace has a new look and feel. Here are six features to get excited about:

  1. Enhanced e-commerce features, like smart categorization and simple ways to search for the products you’re interested in.
  2. Tools that allow you to find your recently viewed items, track recent searches, return to favorite items, and create wish lists.
  3. Discounts from well-known and trusted brands, along with new offers added on a regular basis.
  4. Influence over future offers. Don’t see a deal that meets your needs? The site’s convenient nomination process allows you to influence what discounts appear on the site.
  5. The ability to personalize your shopping experience based on preferences.
  6. A responsive shopping experience that adapts to your preferences over time based on your interactions with offers, brands, and advertisements. 

Experience them all for yourself at

Keep your knees healthy this summer

July 2019

Summer is a great time to participate in outdoor activities, but if you’ve noticed that your knees don’t quite feel like they used to, you may need to re-evaluate your knee health.

As we age, the cartilage in our knees can wear down and cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Knee injuries can also damage your joints and make them harder to move. So it’s important to take steps now to combat knee pain and prevent injuries. In some cases, it’s even possible to prevent knee problems or avoid the need for knee replacement surgery later in life.1

Build a strong base

If you're starting a new exercise program or ramping up an existing one, take it slow to protect your knees. A good rule of thumb is to increase your mileage or the amount of time you spend doing any single activity by no more than 10% each week.

Plus, giving your workout routine some variety by incorporating low-impact exercises like walking, cycling and strength training—is a great way to build strength without compromising your joint health. See a physical therapist or trainer for help creating a strength-training regimen that’s right for you. In the meantime, keep your knees healthy with these exercises.2

Lighten the load

Extra weight puts more pressure on your knees than you may realize. It’s estimated that for every extra pound you carry, there’s an added four pounds of pressure on your knees. For example, losing 10 pounds could relieve 40 pounds of pressure on your knees.1

If you’re interested in losing weight for health purposes, it’s important to choose a weight-loss program that is safe, easy to follow, and nutritionally sound. Talk to your doctor or, if you’re enrolled in a Cigna medical plan, meet with a health coach if you need help getting started with a weight-loss plan.

Keep it moving

Movement is critical if you want to help keep your knees healthy. It may sound counterintuitive, but consistent activity can help cut the swelling and pain in your joints.

So take that afternoon walk, walk by your coworker’s desk instead of sending them an email, or swim some laps in the pool with your kids. Whatever you choose to do, be consistent.

Get treated

If your knee pain refuses to subside, it might be time to consult a specialist. Know before you go! Check your medical plan to see what services are covered.

If you receive a troubling diagnosis or need help making treatment decisions, Advance Medical’s Expert Medical Opinion can help by offering a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment plan. All employees can use this free and confidential service, even if you’re not enrolled in a BAE Systems medical plan.

So what’s the key to healthy knees? Getting regular daily activity, keeping the joint moving through a full range of motion, and doing different activities. 


1. Harvard Health Publishing. “Age-proof your knees.” Web (last reviewed/updated May 2017)

This is general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice prior to undertaking a new diet or exercise program.

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Five tips to help you have a safe and healthy summer

June 2019

Summertime is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. But sunburn, eye damage, and dehydration can quickly spoil the fun if you’re not careful. Follow these five tips to stay healthy while you enjoy summer activities.

  1. When going on a road trip, your safety—and sun safety—is most important. UVA rays can penetrate glass. Slather on that sunscreen before you head out on that road trip.1 Unsure which sunscreen to use? Check out this list of FSA-eligible sunscreen and daily moisturizers with SPF 15 or higher.
  2. All sunglasses are not created equal when it comes to UV protection. Keep your eyes safe by choosing sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays.2 Interested in purchasing new shades for the summer? If you’re a VSP member, you may be eligible to receive exclusive discounts on sunglasses. Learn more.
  3. Don’t get burned by your medication. Certain antibiotics, antidepressants, acne medications, cholesterol drugs, pain relievers, and other medicines don’t mix well with a dose of UV light. You can check for warnings about sun sensitivity on the bottle. Better yet, ask your doctor if your medications can make you more sensitive to the sun.3
  4. Drink water before you become thirsty. Thirst is the most obvious sign of dehydration. Other signs include fatigue, dizziness, and confusion.4
  5. Exercising for over 20 minutes? Plan ahead and hydrate aggressively. When exercising in hot and humid weather, you can get dehydrated in as little as 30 minutes.4

1 WebMD. “Sun Myths and Facts Quiz.” (last reviewed/updated August 1, 2017)
2 American Academy of Ophthalmology. “How to Choose the Best Sunglasses.” (last reviewed/updated May 1, 2015)
3 WebMD. “Sun-Sensitizing Drugs.” (last reviewed/updated March 14, 2019)
4 WebMD. “Water Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Hydration?” (last reviewed/updated July 17, 2018)

This is intended to be general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.

Navigate your care with Cigna One Guide concierge

May 2019

Cigna One Guide® offers personalized support to help you better understand and navigate your care. Now you’ll have an advocate to help you when you have questions about your care, the cost of your care, how to improve your health, and more.

With just one call or click, you can connect with Cigna One Guide to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefits from your BAE Systems medical plan.

Learn more about how this service can help you and your family members.