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Holiday Travel: Using UT SELECT While You are Away from Home

As thoughts turn to planning for the upcoming holiday season, the furthest thing from your thoughts may be what to do if you need medical services while you are away from home celebrating with friends and family. While we certainly hope for a safe and healthy holiday season for everyone, medical needs sometimes come up when we least expect them.

You’re probably already familiar with how your UT SELECT Medical and Prescription coverage work when you’re at home and where to find medical help or fill prescriptions if needed. When you’re traveling, you may have more questions, especially if your travels take you outside of Texas or even out of the country.  

Wherever you will be, please enjoy happy, safe, and healthy holidays! And keep the information below from the UT SELECT Benefits Guide in mind should you need medical help or prescription medications when you are away from home.

Tips for Domestic Travel:

If you are outside of Texas and need health care, refer to your UT SELECT Medical ID Card and call BlueCard Access at (800) 810-BLUE (2583) for information about the nearest network doctors and hospitals.

If your travels take you outside of the United States, you have access through the BlueCard Worldwide program to hospitals on almost every continent and to a broad range of medical assistance services.

Additional Tips for Travel Abroad:

If you have any additional questions or concerns about accessing and maximizing your UT SELECT benefits for medical services while traveling away from home, please contact UT SELECT customer service at (866) 882-2034 or visit the Blue Access for Members UT SELECT website maintained by BCBSTX.

For more information about your UT SELECT prescription benefits while you travel, please contact Medco Health Customer Service at (800) 818-0155 or visit the Medco Health website. You may also visit the Office of Employee Benefits website to learn more about your UT SELECT medical and prescription coverage or any of your UT Benefits.

International SOS

As an international traveler, additional services are also 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 for employees or dependents traveling abroad for leisure.

For additional information regarding the International SOS program, please contact your Institution Travel Office.

More detailed information and a quick reference guide for the International SOS program and the UT SELECT Medical plan can be found on the Foreign Coverage Quick Reference Sheet.