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Health Care Reform Act: Impact to UT System Uniform Group Insurance Plans

As you know, President Obama has recently signed two important health reform bills:  the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act. While this comprehensive legislation has numerous provisions which take time to analyze before the implications for employers, employees, retirees and dependents can be fully understood, there are some areas of certainty. Read more details on impact to UT System Uniform Group Insurance Plans.

UT SELECT Medical: Ongoing Review of UT SELECT Plan Costs, Impacts

The UT SELECT Medical plan (administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas) includes prescription benefit coverage (administered by Medco Health Solutions) and is self-funded by the UT System. As a self-funded plan, all claims are paid by UT System through premium sharing dollars provided by the State Legislature, UT System, and your monthly out-of-pocket cost. Read more about what to expect for the 2010 Annual Enrollment.

Dental Health Education

Put the brakes on bad oral health
Some personal behaviors are harmful to oral health and can lead to damaged teeth and costly dental work. With hectic schedules and days full of distractions, it is easy to lose track of some of the “little things” that can lead to dental problems.Get tips on how to develop and maintain a healthier, brighter smile.

Retirement Corner

How much money will you receive from Social Security, the Teacher Retirement System, or your UTSaver Plans?

Knowing the answer to that question could make the difference in having a retirement you can enjoy, or having to start a second career just to pay your bills.

Now you have a tool to help you determine not only what you can expect to receive in retirement, but also to determine if that amount will be enough, and if not, what you can do to make sure you do have enough to live the retirement you deserve. Learn more about our new tool, "My Retirement Outlook"

Wellness Wise

What You Eat After Working Out Matters.

Carbohydrates in What You Eat After Exercise Affects Health Benefits

What you eat after working out makes a difference, but it doesn't mean you have to starve yourself to reap the health benefits of exercise.

A new study shows that eating a low-carbohydrate meal after aerobic exercise enhances insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity makes it easier for the body to take up sugar from the bloodstream and store it in muscles and other tissues where it can be used for fuel. Learn more about how eating affects health benefits of exercise .

Healthy Tip of the Month

Spring Clean Your Diet

Fresh fruits and vegetables abound during the spring, so make room for these nutritional powerhouses.

Spring has arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here's what to look for on the produce aisle or at the local farmers' market. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here's what to look for on the produce aisle or at the local farmers' market.

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