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Insurance Insights

Should I Enroll In Medicare? When?

The University of Texas System urges all retired employees and eligible dependents to enroll in Medicare Part B when they become eligible at age 65, or earlier if they are eligible due to a disability.* As a Medicare-eligible individual, retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part A (in-patient facility coverage available at no cost) and refusing Medicare Part B coverage (physician and other provider charges which require a monthly premium).

Read more about Medicare and other benefits-related topics, including a reminder for UT FLEX participants.

Detailed Plan Information Available Online

Important details about your UT group insurance benefits and the provisions of the insurance plans are available in the Benefits Guides found on the Office of Employee Benefits website.

Retirement Corner

The New World: The New 403(b) Regulations and You

The University of Texas Retirement Programs continues to evolve. One of the most significant recent changes has been establishing criteria for all companies receiving contributions from UT employees in a grandfathered status to meet in order to continue receiving those funds. The primary reason behind this change is the passage of the new IRS 403(b) Regulations. Read more about the new 403(b) regulations.

Wellness wise

November is the National Diabetes Month

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. You may have a health risk factor for type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, are over 45 years of age, or habitually inactive, if you have metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance), high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, a history of gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary disease, habitually inactive, or have a history of vascular disease (such as stroke or have a family history of diabetes). Read the entire health article.

Accept the Great American Smokeout Challenge

Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done. To have the best chance of quitting successfully, you need to know what you are up against, what your options are, and where to go for help.

Read more about several programs available to you.

Healthy Recipes of the Month

Holiday Eating Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the changing seasons, to reflect on the bounty of nature, and to sit down to a table filled with family and copious amounts of food. Learn how to prepare these easy and quick meals!

Contact Us

If you would like a specific topic discussed or have a question you would like answered in a future issue of this newsletter, please send your suggestions to benefits@utsystem.edu.

UT System Employee Benefits Website: www.utsystem.edu/benefits/
UT System Retirement Programs Website: www.utretirement.utsystem.edu
Your Local Benefits Office: www.utsystem.edu/benefits/contacts.asp#1