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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 free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Programs, Pharmaceutical Therapy and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to our UT SELECT Medical plan participants. Learn more about these resources available to you and your dependents.

UT SELECT Medical provides 100% coverage for Preventive Screenings

Free Preventive Care and Services – The UT SELECT Medical plan has offered robust preventive care benefits for many years, including 100% coverage for preventive colonoscopies and no cost immunizations for children under 6 years of age. With the implementation of health care reform, certain additional preventive care and services became available to you with no out of pocket costs as long as you see a network provider and meet certain screening eligibility requirements. Learn more and make your preventive care screening appointment today.

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August 2013

Annual Enrollment: Follow-Up

Annual Enrollment Has Ended – Don’t Forget These Key Follow-Up Items!

Annual Enrollment (AE) ended at midnight Central on July 31, 2013. During AE you had the opportunity to change your UT Benefits elections and add or remove dependents from coverage. If you made an Annual Enrollment election, you should have received a confirmation statement the next day via email. Please review your confirmation statement carefully to be sure your elections for the new plan year are correct. Read more about what to keep in mind now that AE has ended.

Insurance ID Cards and UT FLEX Debit Cards for the 2013-2014 Plan Year

For plans you are continuing your enrollment in, your current insurance ID cards and your UT FLEX Debit Card will remain active for the 2013-2014 Plan Year. For new coverage or changes to your enrollment (such as a switch to your dental or vision plan), you will receive a new ID card prior to the start of the plan year on September 1, 2013.

To order additional ID cards for your dependents, please check the plan website for options or contact the appropriate customer service team after September 1, 2013. Learn more about what to expect for UT Benefits ID cards and UT FLEX Debit Cards for 2013-2014.

Important Notice

Important Medicaid Notice for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

As a group health plan sponsor, The University of Texas System is providing this notice to you in compliance with the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) which was signed into law on February 4, 2009. If you or your dependent is covered or becomes covered under Medicaid or CHIP, you may be eligible for special enrollment rights and should contact the appropriate state agency as detailed in the notice. View the notice.

Wellness Wise

15 Minutes for Your Health

It only takes a few minutes to complete the Health Assessment and you only have until August 31, 2013 to earn your $25 gift card for the 2012-2013 plan year, just for completing your health assessment and getting an annual preventive exam. What are you waiting for?

UT System Physical Activity Challenge Success Stories

Thank you all again for supporting this year's UT System Physical Activity Challenge! Read testimonials from members throughout the state who participated in the challenge and get inspired by the changes they've made in their lives.

Retirement Corner

Getting Started with UTRetirement Manager

The University of Texas Retirement Program offers valuable retirement savings options. Just as importantly, the Program offers a simple tool for you to access and take full advantage of these opportunities. Learn how to get started with UTRetirement Manager.

Retiree Benefits Billing

Benefits Billing and Your Annual Enrollment Elections

As a UT System retiree, the start of a new plan year can sometimes raise questions about premium billing for your optional benefits. Traditionally, all retiree billing has been handled directly by your specific UT Institution. Beginning September 1, 2013, retiree premium billing for several institutions will be handled by the new UT Benefits Billing team at UT System. Learn more and find each institution's contact information for retiree billing specific questions.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Eat More Healthy Fats

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Creamy avocados are major players when it comes to providing healthy, good-for-you fats. Learn how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes featuring avocado.