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Insurance Insights

Provider Negotiations

The Relationship of Providers, Insurers and Employers
Rising health care costs and the impact to UT SELECT PPO health plan members is always a concern as the UT System Office of Employee Benefits strives to ensure that all UT SELECT members have timely access to quality, affordable health care. While providers, insurance companies, and employers share the ultimate goal of ensuring that care is accessible and comprehensive, differing interests can sometimes lead to confusion or disagreements about what the best choices are in delivering on that ultimate goal. Read more about the considerations and complexities of provider negotiations.

Retirement Corner

Fees and Expenses Within the UTRetirement Program

With recent discussions of fees and expenses in retirement plans, this is a good time to take a look at the services and funds available within the UT Retirement Program.

All six of the UTRetirement Program authorized providers (AIG Retirement, Fidelity, ING, TIAA-CREF, MetLife and Lincoln) offer in-person appointments, risk tolerance and retirement goal assessments, establish asset allocation models and even offer a suggestion of company fund options at no cost to you. Read more about this important topic.

Wellness Wise

The Truth About 7 Common Food Additives

If, like many Americans, you stock your pantry with processed foods, you may worry about how safe food additives really are. Over the years, the safety of many food additives, from food dyes to trans fats, has come into question. A scare over a food additive may linger in our minds long after researchers find that there's actually no cause for alarm.How safe are the ingredients in your food? Read more about this topic..

America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge

The month of September becomes STEPtember, a month of action for America On the Move®. The entire month celebrates the benefits of active living and healthy eating.

Continue the challenge: Even though the UT System competition is over, you can continue using the free tool. For more details, go to the America On the Move: UT System Ultimate Challenge website.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Chopped Broccoli Piccata

Many people (grown-ups included) will eat the florets off a broccoli spear, leaving the nutritious stems behind. Here’s a recipe that should encourage diners to eat the whole thing (well, they won’t actually have a choice). If the pungent flavors of arugula are not to your liking, you can use 1/3 cup of chopped fresh basil or parsley instead. Read more on how to prepare this delicious recipe!

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