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Insurance Update

Changing Insurance Coverage Mid-Year

Now that Annual Enrollment has ended, changes to your group insurance benefits can be made only if qualifying status change events occur. You have 31 days from the date of the event to notify your campus Benefits Office and change your benefit selections. If you do not make your changes during the 31-day Status Change Period, your changes cannot be made until the next Annual Enrollment in July, to be effective the following September 1. Read more about status changes and other benefits-related topics, including BIDs.

Retirement Corner

Grandfathered Retirement Providers

Important changes are occurring regarding some of the investment companies receiving retirement contributions on a grandfathered basis. Due to the 403(b) regulations recently issued by the Internal Revenue Service, all employers offering a 403(b) will have increased responsibilities to ensure proper administration of the 403(b) plans. Establishing requirements for all UT Retirement Providers is an essential step to ensuring compliance with the new regulations. Read more about the new retirement regulations.

Wellness Tip of the Month

October is the National Heart Education Month

Pot Belly May Signal Diseased Arteries; Waist-to-Hip Ratio May Be More Telling Than BMI, Study Shows
By: Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News

The tape measure may beat the scale as a low-tech indicator of atherosclerosis, new research shows. Atherosclerosis means the hardening of the arteries, which makes heart attacks and stroke more likely.

Doctors have sophisticated tools to search for signs of atherosclerosis, but a tape measure may give you a rough idea of your risk... if you've got a pot belly, watch out!

So say James de Lemos, MD, FACC, and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Read the entire health article.

Recipe of the Month

Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos with Adobo Sour Cream

Learn how to prepare this easy and quick meal!

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