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Support for Employees and Physicians Affected by Northern California Wildfires

This following information if from Debora Catsavas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, KFH/HP; Deborah Royalty, Chief Administrative Officer, TPMG; and Ellie Farahabadi, MD, Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group.

Our thoughts go out to those affected by the fires in several northern California counties. We are grateful for the professionalism of our Kaiser Permanente team members who continue to provide care to patients and support for their colleagues during these uncertain times.

We understand that these fires have caused some employees and physicians to evacuate their homes and we wish to be of assistance to them. The information below outlines emergency assistance that Kaiser Permanente can offer with the hope that these resources will provide individuals and families with the help they need to cope with this difficult situation.

If you have lost your primary residence:

Employees may contact the Regional Human Resources Command Center at (855) 599-9922. This command center is available daily 8 a.m.–8 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 28.

Physicians may contact the TPMG Physician Benefits Team at (510) 625-6600.

EMPLOYEE SUPPORT SERVICES

Short-Term Emergency Support

Accommodations: Kaiser Permanente will provide reimbursement for employees and physicians and their immediate families who have been displaced due to the wildfires. The cost for temporary accommodations up to $250 per night (room rate, taxes, internet access, parking, and pet fees) will be covered for up to 5 days. Employees and physicians should retain all receipts for submission.

• Employees may contact the Regional Human Resources Command Center at (855) 599-9922.

• Physicians may contact the TPMG Physician Benefits Team at (510) 625-6600.

$500 Grant: This grant is available to any employee displaced from their primary residence for a minimum of 48 hours under a mandatory evacuation ordered during this current state of emergency declaration.

• Employees may contact the Regional Human Resources Command Center at (855) 599-9922.

• Physicians may contact the TPMG Physician Benefits Team at (510) 625-6600.

Emergency Assistance Loans

$10,000 Loan: Special loans are available for employees who are awaiting other forms of emergency financial aid, such as federal programs and insurance claims as a result of full or significant loss of their primary residence. Affected employees may apply for an interest-free loan of up to a maximum of $10,000 (the IRS permissible amount) and will have up to 36 months to repay the loan in full.

• Employees may contact the Regional Human Resources Command Center at (855) 599-9922.

• Physicians may contact the TPMG Physician Benefits Team at (510) 625-6600.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP offers a free and confidential service for all Kaiser Permanente employees and their dependent family members. Employees can speak with representatives directly and receive support for emotional or psychological concerns.

• Call EAP’s 24/7 Access Line at (877) 801-5751 or for more information, go to kp.org/eap.

Other Available Resources

Financial Hardship Cash Outs of Vacation and/or Paid Time Off Account Hours — This may be available for those who suffer sudden and unexpected loss of property due to these extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstances.

• Employees may contact the Regional Human Resources Command Center at (855) 599-9922.

• Physicians may contact the TPMG Physician Benefits Team at (510) 625-6600.

Retirement Plan Financial Hardship Withdrawals
Employees who meet eligibility requirements may withdraw a portion of their Kaiser Permanente 401k Plan, Tax Savings Retirement, or Supplemental Retirement Plan – Plan B.

• KFH/HP and All Represented Employees may contact Vanguard at (800) 523-1188.

• Physicians and all Non-represented TPMG Employees may contact Fidelity at (800) 889-4015.

PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO WANT TO HELP

We realize Kaiser Permanente employees may wish to help their colleagues in need or the community in general. There are a variety of programs available to offer assistance.

American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Website — Find opportunities to make a personal financial donation or donate blood in response to the disaster.

Donation of Vacation/PTO — The Donation of Vacation/PTO Policy covers employees who have a medical emergency and have exhausted their accrued time off. If you are aware of a colleague with a medical emergency, and wish to donate hours, employees may contact their local Benefits Consultant for more information. Physicians may contact their Physician HR Leaders.

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  1. We were so fortunate to have the financial assistance while our home was under mandatory evacuation. It was very generous and appreciated to know I was being taken care of by my employer. I’m thankful to be home in my own bed again, but can’t thank Kaiser enough for going above and beyond for us during this very stressful time.

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