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Taking Your Health to the Next Level

The path to wellness begins with truly understanding your own health and knowing what you can do to improve it. Keep track of your health status and progress by completing the HealthQuotient (HQ) every year.

A Few More Good Reasons to Complete the HQ:

  1. You’ll get a simple report outlining your health risks.
  2. You’ll get a practical plan for taking action.
  3. You’ll be able to see how your results compare to others like you.
  4. Based on your results, you may qualify for (WebMD) health coaching.

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Thinking About Quitting?

Smoking can have many harmful effects on your health: heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema, and more. Despite this knowledge, nicotine’s highly addictive nature makes quitting a tough challenge. Learn about great resources and programs that are available to you and your dependents.

Expecting a Baby?

Enroll in Special Beginnings to help you better understand and manage your pregnancy, and receive a $50 reward card! Enroll during your first trimester: 1(800) 462-3275

Gym Membership Discount

The Gym Membership Discount program is available to all UT SELECT Members.

  1. Log into
  2. On the right side navigation bar, under "Quick Links", click on "Fitness Program
  3. Once re-directed to the site, search for participating locations near you by entering your zip code and desired search distance below. Take the next step to becoming the fitter, healthier person you want to be by enrolling in the Fitness Program today.

Employee Assistance Program

The UT Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a benefit of your University of Texas employment, which provides confidential, professional assistance to help you resolve problems that affect your personal life or job performance. It is designed to allow you to seek help when you need it, at no charge. The EAP can help with stress, depression, alcohol or drug problems, financial issues, interpersonal problems and much more. It also offers other services such as seminars, training and resource referrals. Find your local Institution’s EAP Office

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July 2011> Special ANNUAL ENROLLMENT Edition for UT System Employees

Legislative Update

Wrap-up of Legislative Effects on the UT SELECT Medical Plan

The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 30th with a Special Session opening on May 31st to allow additional time for budgetary issues to be resolved. Throughout both sessions, the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) has been carefully analyzing proposed legislative changes and watching the progress of various measures to determine what impact finalized changes will have on the UT Benefits program. Read More.

Annual Enrollment Update


Annual Enrollment Period Set: July 15 – July 31, 2011
The July 2011 “A Matter of Health” newsletter is a special Annual Enrollment edition providing details on the benefits enrollment process and the uniform benefits plan for U.T. employees and their qualified dependents. Read more about what to expect within this month.

UT SELECT Medical Premium Rates and Plan Design

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 funds allocated by the State Legislature, UT System Institutions, and member out-of-pocket premium costs (for dependent coverage and for part-time employees, the portion of employee-only coverage). Learn more.

No Changes Planned for Life, AD&D, Disability, Dental, Vision, or Long Term Care Coverage

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) is pleased that all of the available optional plans will continue to offer the same complete package of benefits during the upcoming plan year, providing robust protection and financial value for you and your family, with no changes to any premium rates or out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Health Care Reform and Benefits

The health care reform bill passed by Congress March 23, 2010, also known as The Affordable Care Act (ACA), is designed to take effect in stages. Some requirements will not take effect until 2018, while other provisions are already in place. Below are several key changes affecting the UT SELECT Medical plan beginning September 1, 2011. Learn more.

Focus on Eligibility

Individuals are prohibited from receiving state premium sharing for coverage from another agency in addition to UT System. UT System will be conducting dual coverage audits which will identify individuals (including dependents, employees and retired employees) who are enrolled in UT SELECT Medical as well as being enrolled in medical coverage provided by Texas A&M University or Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). Learn what to do to help us this Annual Enrollment.

Be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

Like to save money? Enroll in UT FLEX!

Flexible spending accounts such as the UT FLEX* Health Care Reimbursement Account and the UT FLEX Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Account provide a tax-advantaged way to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care expenses and work-related day care expenses. Each account allows you to pay your expenses with “pre-tax” dollars, which means you get a tax deduction for these expenses before you ever file your tax return. You don’t pay federal income or Social Security taxes on this money. Read More.

Retirement Corner

Retirement Health

While reviewing insurance coverage for yourself and your family, Annual Enrollment is also a great time to review coverage for your financial health. Learn more of you can do during Annual Enrollment