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Insurance Insights

New Contract with Superior Vision Includes Lower Rates and Enhanced Benefits

By state law, UT System Office of Employee Benefits is required to request competitive proposals for each insurance plan offered at least once every six years. This process ensures that vendors contracting with UT System offer plans and services that are competitive with the current marketplace and that UT System plan participants continue to receive the best possible benefits at the lowest possible overall cost. Read more about this topic.

Important Privacy Notice for University of Texas Group Insurance Plan Participants

All employees and retired employees 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, are entitled to a copy of The University of Texas System "Notice of Privacy Practices." Read about the recent revisions.

Retirement Corner

Tax Savings Opportunities Increase with 2009 Limits

If you are looking for a way to lower your taxable income while saving for your retirement, significant tax savings are available to you right now through your UTSaver 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) and UTSaver 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP).
Read more about this topic.

Wellness Wise

Eating Red Meat May Boost Death Risk

Study Shows Red Meat Consumption Linked to Higher Risk of Dying From Cancer, Heart Disease.

Men and women who eat higher amounts of red meat and processed meat have a higher risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and other causes compared to those who eat less, according to a new study.

Those in the study who ate the most red meat took in about 4.5 ounces a day -- the equivalent of a small steak. Click here to read more about this study.

2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Will you accept the challenge? Just exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks. To help you complete this challenge and make it easy to track your progress, all UT System Institutions have partnered with the Texas Round Up to celebrate our 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge. The institution with the greatest participation based on headcount will be awarded the coveted “Traveling Trophy”!

Get more details about the 2nd Annual UT System Physical Activity Challenge which ends on April 18, 2009.

See how your institution is doing as of March 9, 2009.

Healthy Tips of the Month

Packable Lunches

Save money and time, plus eat better food, by taking your lunch to work. For many of us, lunch is a stress-filled hour (or less) spent dealing with traffic and fast-food drive-through lines.Read more about these Brown-Bag Lunch Recipes!

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