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Holiday Travel and Your UT Benefits

Domestic Travel
UT SELECT and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas provide you with access to one of the largest networks of contracting doctors and hospitals in Texas. There are more than 45,000 contracting physicians and specialists and over 400 contracting hospitals in Texas alone. If you are traveling outside of Texas, there are even more Blue Cross and Blue Shield Network providers from which to choose. In fact, more than 85 percent of all doctors and hospitals throughout the United States contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

To find a network physician or specialist near you, search online at or contact UT SELECT Customer Service toll free at 1-866-882-2034.

International Travel
When you travel abroad, always carry your UT SELECT Identification Card which has the telephone number to the BlueCard WorldwideŽ program. With BlueCard WorldwideŽ, you have access to a large number of Hospitals on almost every continent and to a broad range of medical assistance services.

BlueCard WorldwideŽ provides the following services to UT SELECT Participants:

Call BlueCardŽ Access toll free at 1-800-810-BLUE (2583) or call collect at (804) 673-1177, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to locate a participating Physician or Hospital.

International SOS
As an international traveler, additional services are available through the UT System-wide International SOS program. International SOS is a comprehensive, 24-hour medical and emergency response organization that works on your behalf to coordinate with your insurance provider in the United States and providers abroad to ensure that you receive the assistance you need.

Membership benefits through International SOS are available at no cost when traveling abroad on University business and are available at a discount for traveling companions and employees traveling abroad for leisure.

For additional information regarding all UT benefits available while you travel, contact your local Institution Benefits Office.

Know Your Benefits

Maximum Lifetime Benefit
A Maximum Lifetime Benefit is the amount of money an insurance plan will pay in benefits for each covered person in a lifetime. Typical examples of Maximum Lifetime Benefits amounts range from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.

Your UT SELECT plan has no lifetime dollar maximum.

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