Additional Benefits

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Employee Assistance Program: Canopy

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Canopy’s free and confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a benefit that can assist you and your eligible family members with any personal problems, large or small. Among the topics covered are:

Read more about Canopy EAP Services

Contact Canopy

Text: 503-850-7721

Employee Assistance Program: Unum

Unum’s Employee Assistance Program is designed to help you live a happier and more productive life by offering access to free and confidential counseling services. With it, you have access to Licensed Professional Counselors to assist with issues ranging from stress and depression to relationship and work conflicts, family and parenting problems, and anger, grief and loss.

Read more about Unum’s Services

Contact Unum


Travel Assistance

Whenever you travel 100 miles or more from home – to another country or just another city – be sure to “pack” your worldwide emergency travel assistance phone number.

Travel assistance speaks your language, helping you locate hospitals, embassies and other “unexpected” travel destinations. Add the number to your cell phone contacts so it’s always close at hand. Just one phone call connects you and your family to medical and other important services 24 hours a day.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care refers to a range of services and support for people who have a chronic illness or disability, or who need help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and eating.

Long-term care can be provided at home, in the community, or in a variety of settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or adult day care centers. The type and amount of long-term care that a person needs can vary depending on their individual circumstances and can change over time.

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MasterCare America is our provider for long-term care insurance. You can get a quote and apply online during open enrollment (Oct. 15-Nov. 1).

Long-Term Care Insurance Contact Info


Medicare Resources

As you approach Medicare eligibility you will probably receive notices and advertisements from various carriers that either want you to sign up or make it sound like you've been signed up automatically. The penalty they are referring to is in relation to having no coverage, so it won't apply to you if you have medical coverage through George Fox University.

There are several choices you have for health coverage when you turn 65. You have the option of signing up for Medicare and/or keeping your employer plan as long as you are still working and benefit eligible. Your active employer insurance will be the primary coverage if you choose to have both Medicare and employer coverage.

Hare are some helpful informational resources:

The Office of People & Culture completes a form for our retiring employees showing they have had creditable coverage after becoming Medicare eligible, so they won’t be penalized when they sign up at retirement.

If you do sign up for a medical and prescription plan through Medicare, you have 30 days from the effective date of that coverage to drop your George Fox-provided coverage, if you wish to.

Social Security is another piece you may get marketing materials about. When you get close to retirement, you will want to consult with the Social Security office for advice on when to start applications and the timing of when to begin collecting on the benefits, as they are very strict about annual income limits.

Medicare FAQ

Medicare is a national health insurance program in the U.S. that provides health coverage to people who are 65 years of age or older, as well as to certain younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease.
To qualify for Medicare, you must be 65 years of age or older and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. You may also qualify if you are under 65 and have a disability or end-stage renal disease.
You can enroll in Medicare through the Social Security Administration’s website or by visiting your local Social Security office. You can also enroll by calling the Medicare hotline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Medicare covers a wide range of medical services, including hospital stays, doctor’s visits, and prescription drugs. It also covers certain preventive services, such as mammograms and flu shots.
The cost of Medicare depends on the coverage you choose. Most people pay a premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance), which covers doctor’s visits and other outpatient services. Some people may also pay a premium for Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage). In addition to premiums, you may also be responsible for deductibles, copays, and coinsurance for certain medical services.
Yes, you can have both Medicare and employer coverage. If you are covered by a group health plan through an employer, you should check with your employer to see how your coverage works with Medicare. In some cases, the employer coverage may be the primary payer and Medicare may be the secondary payer.
No, Medicare and Medicaid are two separate programs. Medicare is a national health insurance program for people who are 65 and over, while Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to low-income individuals and families.

Employee Discounts

We offer employee discounts at a number of local businesses, as well as access to publications that typically require a subscription.

Campus Resources

Workout room in Hadlock Student Center

Hadlock Student Center

Hadlock Student Center facilities are available for use by employees, spouses and dependent children. The center offers free programs and services, including a fitness center, a climbing wall, a rental center, group fitness and intramurals. See the Hadlock Student Center program and services webpage for more details.

University employees have access to the center using their ID card during posted hours of operation. Read the Employee Handbook for more information. If you have a question about your individual status, please call the HSC front desk at 503-554-3333.

A number of employee-only group fitness classes are available in the Hadlock Student Center. For more information on class offerings and to sign up, visit Hadlock’s website or email the group fitness coordinator at

Chehalem Aquatic Center

Chehalem Aquatic Center Pool and Gym

The Chehalem Parks and Recreation District Aquatic Center pool facilities are free to all George Fox employees. To get your pool access, use your active George Fox ID card to register and get a Chehalem Parks ID card.

Lessons and passes for family members will not be included in this free employee benefit, but can be purchased separately. Check out the pool website for additional information, such as schedules.


The Prayer Chapel is available to employees and can be accessed using their own employee ID. You are also invited to join our students in weekly chapel services in Bauman Auditorium.

Drama and Music Productions

Each employee is provided one complimentary ticket to every George Fox drama and musical production.

Athletic Events

By showing your George Fox employee ID, you gain free admission to regular-season home athletic events for you, your spouse and your dependent children. Single employees may bring one guest.

Food Purchases and Meal Cards

Employees have many options for purchasing food on campus, including:

Library Access

George Fox University library facilities and services are available to all employees. Employees can check out materials from both the Newberg and Portland campus libraries by showing their employee ID or requesting a checkout on the library’s website.

Mail Services

At Mail Services you can utilize outgoing mail and package services, stamp purchases, packing and shipping supply purchases (including envelopes, boxes, tape, and labels), and reference information for postal requirements and ZIP code information.