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Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

New Feature! Beginning this month, the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) is introducing a new feature to your monthly “A Matter of Health” newsletter that will focus on providing expanded information about the UT System group insurance plans and programs that make up your UT Benefits package.

Your UT SELECT Medical Plan: How Are Premiums Set For This Valuable Benefit?

The cost of health care nationwide continues to rise at record rates. While 2009-2010 was not a record setting year for growth in costs for the UT SELECT Medical plan, thetotal claims for the UT SELECT Medical plan did increase by approximately 9%. Because UT SELECT is a self-funded health insurance plan (Plan), the performance of the Plan is monitored closely throughout the year taking into account the potential for higher benefits plan utilization and increased claims experience. Learn more about how your plan works.

Insurance Insight

Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date

Your UT Group Term Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance offers valuable financial protection to you and your family in the unfortunate event of your or your dependent’s death. To help ensure your life insurance benefits are paid according to your wishes, it is important to designate, or choose, your beneficiary. Dearborn National, the life and AD&D carrier for the UT Group Insurance Program since 2004, has made the designation process as easy as possible so you can make your choices and put your mind at ease. You can now enter your beneficiary designations and make changes easily on Dearborn National’s secure online site.

Important Medicaid Notice for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The University of Texas System, as a group health plan sponsor, is providing this notice to you in compliance with the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) which was signed into law on February 4, 2009. If you or your dependent is covered or becomes covered under Medicaid or CHIP, you may be eligible for special enrollment rights and should contact the appropriate state agency as detailed in the notice. View the Medicaid Notice for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Retirement Corner

Another Great Reason to Save

Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to reduce your annual income tax return by as much as $1,000.00?  UT System and the Internal Revenue Service are offering you that chance.Learn who’s eligible for this Saver’s Tax Credit.

Wellness Wise

Cutting Through the Cholesterol Confusion

Of all the information on the nutrition facts panel on food labels, cholesterol may be the most misunderstood.

Part of the confusion comes from the fact that cholesterol in food isn't the same thing as the cholesterol that clogs arteries. To be sure, foods high in cholesterol can cause blood levels of cholesterol to rise. Learn more about cholesterol and how to control or prevent it!

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Cholesterol and Cooking: Fats and Oils

When you're cooking to lower cholesterol, you might think that fat is a four-letter word.  But nutrition experts say that ridding your cooking of all fats and oils may actually work against efforts to lower your blood cholesterol levels.  When it comes to fat, what counts are both quality and quantity. Here are some healthy swaps for low-cholesterol cooking from our nutrition experts!

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 Web site: www.utsystem.edu/benefits/
UT System Retirement Programs Web site: www.utretirement.utsystem.edu
Your Local Benefits Office: http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/contacts#1