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Insurance Insights

Holiday Travel: Using UT SELECT While You are Away from Home

As thoughts turn to planning for the upcoming holiday season, the furthest thing from our thoughts may be what to do if we need to access medical services while we are celebrating with friends and family. While we certainly hope for a safe and healthy holiday season for everyone, medical needs sometimes come up when we least expect them.

See information from the Benefits Guides in case you need medical help when you are away from home.

New Medco.com Pricing Enhancements

Available November 18, 2009, online pricing applications on www.medco.com/ut –including the My Rx Choices® – were updated to provide greater flexibility in claims pricing with deductibles. This is being done in order to give Medco members the most accurate pricing data available on the Medco website. Read more about this enhancement.

Retirement Corner

Roth IRAs and UTSaver Roth 403(b) TSA: There is a Difference!

There has been a lot of talk about Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) in 2010.  In January 2010, there will no longer be an income limit to convert traditional, pre-tax IRAs into post tax Roth IRAs.  This option would allow participants to pay taxes on saved money now in order to receive funds and earnings tax-free at the time of an eligible distribution later. Read more about the differences between the UTSaver Roth 403(b) TSA and a Roth IRA.

Wellness Wise

Keep Holiday Stress to a Minimum: Learn to Say No

For many of us, the holidays were magical in childhood, carefree times to be savored. But then we grew into hordes of harried adults, falling victim to the season's high expectations. Holiday stress has become as much a tradition as the seasonal ham. Read more about this topic and great resources/programs that are available to you and your dependents.

Foods That Boost Mood and Fight Holiday Weight Gain

Neither stress nor holiday weight gain need ruin your holidays this year. Here are tips about eating habits and foods that can boost your mood when a stressful situation strikes. You’ll feel calmer–and be trimmer–throughout the holiday season. 

Read more about this topic and great resources/programs that are available to you and your dependents.

Healthy holiday tip of the Month

Healthy Holiday Food and Diet Tips

As much as we look forward to holiday parties and dinners, many of us fear enjoying it too much – and packing on the pounds.

Indeed, the average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that doesn’t include breakfast, lunch, or late-night snacking on leftovers. Read more about these helpful holiday tips!

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