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Legislative Update

Wrap-up of Legislative Effects on the UT SELECT Medical Plan

The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature ended on May 30th with a Special Session opening on May 31st to allow additional time for budgetary issues to be resolved. Throughout both sessions, the UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) has been carefully analyzing proposed legislative changes and watching the progress of various measures to determine what impact finalized changes will have on the UT Benefits program.

At the start of the regular legislative session in January, significant changes to UT SELECT Medical premium rates and/or other out-of-pocket costs seemed likely based on the economic climate and other factors. However, despite a reduction in the level of state funding available, OEB is pleased to announce that changes to your out-of-pocket premium costs have been kept very low because of recent strong plan performance. Additionally, there are no increases planned for deductibles, copayments, or out-of-pocket maximums applicable to your UT SELECT Medical and Prescription coverage for the 2011 – 2012 plan year.

Within this newsletter you can find more specific details regarding the UT SELECT Medical plan design and premium levels for the 2011 – 2012 plan year, which have been based on expected funding and other requirements. Every effort has been made to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible while providing your family with robust protection and balancing the varying coverage needs of all eligible employees and retirees at each UT institution, and their eligible family members.

It is important for both employees and retirees to continue to keep your contact information (particularly email addresses) up to date throughout the plan year, especially during the upcoming Annual Enrollment period. 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.