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Summary of Benefits and Coverage
IMPORTANT: Availability of Summary Health Information
As a retired employee, the health benefits available to you represent a significant component of your retiree benefits package. They also provide important protection for you and your family in the case of illness or injury.
Choosing a health coverage option is an important decision. To help you make an informed choice, your plan makes available a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), which summarizes important information about any health coverage option in a standard format, to help you compare across options. The uniform Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provision of the Affordable Care Act requires all insurers and group health plans to provide consumers with an SBC to describe key plan features in a mandated format, including limitations and exclusions. The provision also requires that consumers have access to a uniform glossary of terms commonly used in health care coverage.
For UT SELECT, these provisions become effective on July 15, 2013, and the UT SELECT SBCs will be available online and may be requested by phone beginning on that date. To review an SBC for UT SELECT PPO or Out-of-Area coverage online, visit the website www.bcbstx.com/ut. You can view the glossary online any time at www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/SBCUniformGlossary.pdf. To request a hard copy of these documents be sent to you free of charge, you may call the SBC hotline beginning July 15 at (855) 756-4448.