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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 provides 100% coverage for Preventive Screenings

Free Preventive Care and Services – The UT SELECT Medical plan has always offered robust preventive care benefits including 100% preventive colonoscopy 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 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.

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January 2013

Insurance Insight

New Contracts Awarded for UT SELECT Medical Plan Administrator and UT System Health Risk Assessment and Wellness Platform

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, as well as for the contracts for all administrative services provided in support of self-funded plans by third-party administrators. Learn more about this process and the new contracts awarded following the two most recent Requests for Proposals.

Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

New Reporting Requirement for W-2s Issued after January 1, 2013

Beginning this year employers are required to report the total cost of employer-sponsored health insurance benefits on each employee's Form W-2. The value of your employer-sponsored health insurance benefits is reported for informational purposes only and is not considered taxable income. Learn more about this new W-2 reporting requirement.

UT FLEX - New Employee Alert Option - Debit Card Substantiation Notification

The vast majority of debit card transactions for UT FLEX Health Care Reimbursement Accounts (HCRAs) are automatically verified and require no further action by a UT FLEX participant to validate the claim. A few situations do require participants to follow-up. Staying up to date when documentation is required for your UT FLEX debit card transaction is now easier than ever. Learn more about how you can receive automatic electronic notifications from PayFlex if documentation for your debit card transaction is needed.

Retirement Corner

How to Avoid Your Own Personal Fiscal Cliff

If you haven’t yet begun to focus on saving and investing for your future, there is no better time than now. Learn more about how to improve your chances of reaching your financial goals and avoiding a personal fiscal cliff at retirement.

Wellness Wise

A New Year, A New You! Get Inspired for a Healthy New Year.

It's a brand New Year and a perfect time to make a fresh start on achieving the goals that are most important to you. Many New Year's resolutions focus on improving health and wellness. Making a specific, realistic plan for the goals that are most important to you means the changes you make will be more likely to stick. Learn more about how to set yourself up for success as you set your personal goals for the coming year.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Warm Up with Lighter, Satisfying Meals from Your Slow-Cooker

Roasted Cauliflower. Image for January 2013 NewsletterThe New Year brings plenty of cold weather and that often inspires a craving for warm, comforting meals. After the holiday rush and lots of big meals during December, you may also be looking for healthier meal ideas that will satisfy the whole family without requiring too much effort. Why not try out one or two of these slow-cooker recipes this month from Cooking Light?