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Special ANNUAL ENROLLMENT Edition for U.T. Retirees of the University of Texas System

Annual Enrollment for Benefits

Annual Enrollment for benefits for the 2010-2011 plan year begins on July 1, 2010, and lasts through July 31, 2010. The June 2010 “A Matter of Health” newsletter is a special Annual Enrollment edition produced specifically for employees, and provides detailed benefits information for U.T. employees and their qualified dependents for the upcoming benefits year.

As in past years, watch for the arrival of emails as well as printed materials from the Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) and from your own institution’s Benefits Office providing you with information related to Annual Enrollment, Benefits Fairs, possible Lunch and Learn opportunities and more. Additionally, details regarding each of the UT-sponsored benefits plans are available for review in the OEB website at, including the “UT Benefits Handbook for Employees” and online video presentations.


Your UT System Benefits: Review and Forecast

The cost of health care nationwide continues to rise, at rates higher than projected. What does this mean for you?


Premium Rate Increase and Benefits Plan Design Changes for UT SELECT PPO Medical Plan

The UT SELECT Medical plan administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is self-funded by the UT System. As a self-funded plan, all claims are paid by UT System through premium sharing monies allocated by the State Legislature, UT System Institutions, and your monthly out-of-pocket cost (for dependent coverage and for part-time employees, the portion of employee-only coverage). The claims experience during the current benefit year (2009-2010) indicates an upward trend of 9% in the cost of providing health care services to UT members, and the current premium rates are deficient by 5%. That means we will experience an increase in monthly premium rates and a change in plan design.

Important Items:


Group Term Life Insurance – Modest Premium Reductions and Plan Enhancements

As outlined in the May 2010 “A Matter of Health” newsletter, Dearborn National has been selected through a competitive bid process to continue to provide Group Term Life benefits for UT System employees and your eligible dependents for an additional six years beginning September 1, 2010. Take a look at these modest premium reductions and plan enhancements.


UT SELECT Dental–Small Premium Rate Increase; Rates and Benefits Unchanged for Other Optional Plans

The UT SELECT Dental plan administered by Delta Dental is self-funded by the UT System. With UT SELECT Dental, you may see network or out-of-network dentists and referrals are not required to see a specialist. If you see a Delta Dental network dentist, Delta Dental will pay the dentist directly. Read more about these changes.


UT SELECT Medical and Medicare

Should I Enroll In Medicare? When?

The University of Texas System urges all retired employees and eligible dependents to enroll in Medicare Part B when they become eligible at age 65, or earlier if they are eligible due to a disability.* As a Medicare-eligible individual, retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part A (in-patient facility coverage available at no cost) and refusing Medicare Part B coverage (physician and other provider charges which require a monthly premium). Although enrolling in Part B is optional, you must have Part B to receive the maximum benefits available from the UT SELECT Medical plan. It is also your responsibility to inform your institution’s Benefits Office if your covered dependents are Medicare-eligible. Read how Medicare and UT SELECT coordinate and more.


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

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