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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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November 2013

Important Notice

IMPORTANT: Privacy Notice for UT System 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."

In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued interim regulations governing the HIPAA Medical Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. Earlier this year, HHS issued the final regulations, which became effective September 23, 2013, replacing the 2009 interim regulations.

Click here to download or print the current "Notice of Privacy Practices" from the UT System Office of Employee Benefits website; or you may request a paper copy free of charge by contacting the Office of Employee Benefits at benefits@utsystem.edu or (512) 499-4616.

REMINDER: Flu Season is Here. Have You Gotten Your Flu Vaccine?

In our October "Flu Season" article you can find information about using your UT SELECT coverage to get your flu vaccine with no out-of-pocket cost. You can also find details about flu clinics which are still being held at some UT institutions.

Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

Raising Awareness: American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month® (ADM) which has the goal of raising awareness about an ever-growing disease which affects the lives of millions of Americans. Learn more about diabetes and the resources available to you as a UT SELECT participant.

IMPORTANT UT FLEX REMINDERS - Grace Period and Claim Filing Deadline

Employees who had UT FLEX accounts for the 2012-2013 plan year need to be aware of two important upcoming deadlines. Learn more about the end of the UT FLEX HCRA grace period and the claim filing deadline for all 2012-2013 UT FLEX accounts.

Wellness Wise

Maintain, Don't Gain During the Holiday Season

The temptations of holiday indulgence can be hard to avoid, but you have the power (willpower, that is) to fight the unhealthy urges. Learn more about how you can set and stick to a realistic goal of maintaining, not gaining weight during the upcoming holidays.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone Can Eat

You can make delicious Thanksgiving dishes that are healthier for everyone at the table, including those with diabetes. Learn more about cooking delicious dishes for everyone.

Assessing Your Current Health

As the holidays approach, it's a great time to take stock of your health. And, as a bonus, who couldn't use an extra $25 to spend? Learn more about completing your Health Assessment for 2013-2014 through the Living Well Health Platform and earning your $25 gift card for this plan year.

Retirement Corner

Loans and Hardships Can Erode Retirement Savings

For some participants, a retirement plan loan can be a financial necessity. But borrowing comes at a cost. Learn more about how loan and hardship withdrawals affect retirement outcomes.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Mix It Up at Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Cake with Dried Cranberries

Pumpkin Cake with Dried Cranberries. Image for November 2013 Newsletter

There are lots of great food traditions associated with Thanksgiving. Sometimes it's fun to bring something new to the table, too, especially when it's a fresh spin on traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Why not try out this recipe as a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie?