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Insurance Insights

The Legislative Session

The 81st Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 13, 2009. The UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) will be monitoring hundreds of bills filed as they relate to group insurance benefits as well as retirement programs. During the legislative session, OEB will work diligently to keep your institutionís Benefit Office, as well as your institutionís representatives on the System Wide Insurance Advisory Committee, informed of any issues that may potentially impact the UT group insurance program.

Important Legislative Session Dates to Remember:

Snapshot of Plan Enrollment

As of September 1, 2008, there were a total of 170,646 employees, retirees, and dependents enrolled in the UT SELECT medical plan. The table below illustrates enrollment figures for all of the UT System sponsored insurance plans. See snapshot of plan enrollment (PDF).

Reminder:

UT SELECT Medical Paperless Explanation of Benefits
On September 1, 2008, your Blue Cross and Blue Shield Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) transitioned from being sent in the mail to being delivered electronically (paperless) through the Blue Access for Members (BAM) website.

Receiving EOBs electronically ensures that benefit information is available when and where it is needed. Electronic EOBs also reduce administrative costs and demonstrate environmental awareness by reducing paper usage. With electronic EOBs, you can choose to receive an e-mail notification to the e-mail address designated by you whenever one of your claims is processed. You may then log into BAM to see the EOB, review 18 months of EOB history, see at-a-glance claim status and print copies for your records, if needed.

You must be registered for BAM to view your electronic EOBs. To register, have your Blue Cross and Blue Shield/UT SELECT ID card handy and go to the Web site, www.bcbstx.com/ut. Click on the Log In link under Blue Access for Members; then select the Register Now button under the link for New User. If you have any questions about this change to paperless EOBs or how to enroll in BAM, call Blue Cross Blue Shield Customer Service at 1-866-882-2034.

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 LivingWell@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