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Quit Smoking Today! We Can Help.

Free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Program available to all UT SELECT members. The University of Texas System is committed to helping smokers quit by offering our UT SELECT medical covered members with Free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Programs, Pharmaceutical Therapy and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Learn more about these resources available to you and your dependents. .

UT SELECT Medical now provides 100% coverage for Preventive Screenings

Free Preventive Care and Services – The UT SELECT Medical has always offered robust preventive care benefits including 100% preventive colonoscopy and no cost immunizations for children under 6 years of age. Now, with the implementation of health care reform, beginning September 1, 2011, certain additional preventive care and services will be available to you with no copayment or coinsurance as long as you see a network provider and meet certain screening eligibility requirements. Learn more and make your preventive care screening appointment today.


Gym Membership Discount

The Gym Membership Discount program is available to all UT SELECT Members.

  1. Go to
  2. Log into Blue Access for Members
  3. On the right side navigation bar, under "Quick Links", click on "Fitness Program
  4. Once re-directed to the site, search for participating locations near you by entering your zip code and desired search distance below. Take the next step to becoming the fitter, healthier person you want to be by enrolling in the Fitness Program today.
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April 2012

UT System Physical Activity Challenge 2012

Important Message

Important Privacy Notice for University of Texas Group Insurance Plan Participants

As an employee or retired employee enrolled in the self-funded UT SELECT medical plan, the self-funded UT SELECT DENTAL plan, or one of the UT FLEX flexible spending accounts, you and your covered dependents are entitled to a copy of The University of Texas System "Notice of Privacy Practices." One minor revision to the privacy notice is the updated OEB contact.

You can obtain this notice on the website of the U.T. System Office of Employee Benefits here; or by contacting the Office of Employee Benefits at or (512) 499-4616.

Insurance Insight

New Contracts Awarded for Pharmacy Benefit Management, Dental PPO, and Dental HMO

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits is required under state law to request and evaluate competitive proposals at least once every six years for each insurance plan offered as part of the UT Benefits program, including for administrative services provided in support of self-funded plans. This process ensures that the costs and features of the insurance plans and related administrative services remain competitive with the current marketplace. And, most importantly, it ensures that UT System plan participants continue to receive the best possible benefits at the lowest possible overall cost. Learn more

Express Scripts and Medco Move Forward as One Company

On Monday, April 2, 2012, it was announced that Express Scripts finalized its merger with Medco Health Solutions. As we continue to learn about the details of this merger, keep in mind that you will continue to receive the medications you need without changes to your plan or network. Read the news release (PDF) to find out what will remain the same for the immediate future »

Retirement Corner

Introducing the New, Improved Fund Performance Report

The University of Texas Retirement Program is proud to introduce the new Fund Performance Report to assist with your investment needs for your UT Optional Retirement Program, UTSaver Tax Sheltered Annuity and UTSaver Deferred Compensation Program accounts. Learn more.

Wellness Wise

2012 UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Will you accept the challenge? To help you stay motivated and make it easy to track your progress, all UT System Institutions have partnered with the Get Fit Texas! to celebrate our 4th Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge. The institution with the greatest participation based on headcount will be awarded the coveted “Traveling Trophy”! Also, we will have individual awards for members will the most activity logged and we will highlight all success stories. Learn more today!

April showers bring… allergy relief!

For the one in ten Americans who suffers from pollen allergies, April flowers may be the last thing they’re looking forward to. But don’t give up on enjoying spring just because of allergies. Learn some tips to help you lessen the effects of seasonal allergies.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Spring Pasta RecipesPasta. Image for April 2012 Newsletter

Spring warmth brings the first farm-fresh vegetables, and some of the year's best at that. Pair vegetables with pasta for simple and delicious dinners that celebrate this lovely season. Learn how to prepare this delicious and healthy recipes.