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Legislative Watch

Stay up-to-date on the 83rd Legislative Session

The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature officially began at noon on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and will continue through Monday, May 27, 2013. Legislators have until March 8, 2013 (the 60th day of the session) to file most bills. Throughout the session, they will consider proposed laws and resolutions and will appropriate funds for the operation of state government.

The role of the University of Texas System and the Office of Employee Benefits is to analyze all bills which could potentially impact the group insurance and retirement programs. During the upcoming months, OEB will communicate changes to the group programs for Plan Year 2013-2014 via the OEB “A Matter of Health” newsletter and/or targeted communications so that UT employees and retirees can make informed benefits elections during the 2013-2014 Annual Enrollment period. Topics to be highlighted in the communications include possible plan design changes, premium rate information, Annual Enrollment resources (online presentations), and more.

For those who are interested in following the 83rd Legislative Session online, please visit the Texas Legislature Online at http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx. There are a number of available resources to help you navigate the Texas Legislature website including a section titled “How Do I…” where you can find a list of filed bills, follow the status of a bill, view the schedules for hearings, and see how legislators voted on legislation of interest to you.

As the end of the Legislative session nears, the Office of Employee Benefits will likely increase its communications and information will become more specific. It is important for employees and retirees to keep contact information up to date, especially email addresses. If you know of other employees or retirees who are not receiving this newsletter electronically, please encourage them to contact the HR or Benefits office at their institution to update their email address.