Benefits While You Travel

UT System provides health insurance benefits and travel assistance to eligible plan participants and their dependents while traveling or working in a foreign country.

Domestic Travel

The UT SELECT Medical plan through Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) 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 BCBS Network providers from which to choose. In fact, more than 85 percent of all doctors and hospitals throughout the United States contract with BCBS.  If you use a network physician or hospital throughout the United States, your benefits will be the same robust benefits you enjoy in Texas or if you reside outside of Texas, the benefits you enjoy as an out-of-area participant.

To find a network physician or specialist near you, search online at www.bcbstx.com/ut or contact BCBS of Texas Customer Service toll free at 1-866-882-2034.

To assist you in summarizing your network, out-of-network and out-of-area benefits, you may review the Benefits Summary Chart.

International Travel

When you travel abroad, always carry your UT SELECT Medical Identification Card which has the telephone number to the BlueCard Worldwide® program and contains important information about your plan. With BlueCard Worldwide®, you have access to a large number of hospitals on almost every continent and to a broad range of medical assistance services.

BlueCard Worldwide® provides the following services to UT SELECT Medical Participants:

  • Provider location
  • Referral information
  • Medical monitoring
  • Wire transfers/overseas mailing
  • Translation
  • Coverage confirmation
  • Currency conversion

Call BlueCard® 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.  In some instances participating physicians or hospitals will submit your claim on your behalf.   You may also contact your Institution Benefits Office or download and print the Benefits Summary Chart for benefit details.

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 the International SOS program, contact your Institution Travel Office.

Information and a quick reference to the International SOS program and the UT SELECT Medical plan can be found on the Foreign Coverage Quick Reference Sheet.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Foreign drug claims are submitted and processed in the same manner as domestic claims received from a non-network pharmacy.  After you purchase your prescription while traveling internationally, you should submit a claim form and receipt.  Be sure to include all the member and patient information, including your Benefits Identification Number, along with the drug information, currency used and country of purchase.  Once the claim is received by Express Scripts, the claim will be entered into the system and subject to eligibility and edits, including drug coverage and plan design.  The National Drug Code used by Express Scripts is specific to foreign claims, and prices at 100% of the amount submitted (converted to United States dollars).  Express Scripts will then apply a reduction in the reimbursement by the appropriate copayment.  To calculate the converted value, Express Scripts uses the services of a financial web site which provides the exchange rate in effect when the prescription was filled. 

Due to FDA regulations, Express Scripts Home Delivery is unable to ship prescription medication internationally.  Be sure you have an adequate supply of medication to take with you.  You may also call Express Scripts Customer Service at 1-800-818-0155 to request a Vacation Override and receive an extended supply of medication prior to departure.

UT SELECT Prescription Plan –Express Scripts
(formerly Medco Health Solutions)
Coverage Generic Preferred Non-Preferred
Retail Prescription
(up to a 30 day supply)
$10 $35 $50
Home Delivery Prescription
(up to 90 day supply)
Due to FDA regulations, Express Scripts is unable to ship Home Delivery prescriptions internationally.
Reimbursement Level: Claims will be subject to plan maximums and will be reimbursed based on 100% of cost submitted, less copayment.
Customer Service and Vacation Override Requests: Call 1-800-818-0155 to request an extended supply of medication to take with you while you travel internationally.
Claim Form Mailing Address: Express Scripts
P.O. Box 14711
Lexington, KY 40512

Your UT Dental Benefits

For the UT SELECT Dental and UT SELECT Dental Plus plans, Delta Dental provides the same level of dental benefits while traveling in the United States or Internationally.  Members may be required to pay out-of-pocket for services and submit a copy of the receipt to Delta Dental to receive a refund.  For questions, please call Delta Dental Customer Service at 800-893-3582.

The DeltaCare USA plan is limited to emergencies outside of Texas and the United States unless you are seeking routine care from your Primary Care Dentist within Texas.  For assistance, please call 800-443-2995.

Dental Benefits for International Travel
Dental Service UT SELECT Dental UT SELECT Dental Plus DeltaCare
International Delta Dental provides the same level of dental benefits while traveling in the United States or Internationally.  Members may be required to pay out of pocket for services and submit a copy of receipt to Delta Dental to receive a refund. The DeltaCare Plan is limited to emergencies outside of the United States or when care is received from a provider that is not your Primary Care Dentist.
Service Area Available Nationwide and Puerto Rico, non-network providers are available internationally
Maximum Annual Benefit $1,250 $3,000
Annual Deductible $25 per Person None
Oral Exam, X-rays, Cleaning $0 $0
Fluoride Treatment $0, up to age 19 $0, up to age 19
Sealants $0, up to age 14 $0, up to age 14
Space Maintainers $0, up to age 14 $0, up to age 14
Fillings add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan Fully paid by plan
Extractions add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan Fully paid by plan
Root Canals add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan Fully paid by plan
Periodontics add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan Fully paid by plan
Crowns, Jackets and Cast Restorations add 50% up to maximum allowed by plan add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan
Bridges and Dentures add 50% up to maximum allowed by plan add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan
Orthodontics 50%, $1,250 Lifetime benefit per person add 20% up to maximum allowed by plan, $3,000 Lifetime benefit per person
Out-of-Network Benefits Yes Yes
Claim Form Mailing Address Delta Dental Insurance Company
P.O. Box 1809
Alpharetta, GA 30023-1809
Delta Dental Insurance Company
P.O. Box 1809
Alpharetta, GA 30023-1809
DeltaCare USA Claims
P.O. Box 1810
Alpharetta, GA 30023-1810

Vision

Superior Vision will provide coverage for eligible out-of-country services and products on an “out-of-network” basis only.  In case you have a need to replace glasses, lenses or contacts while you travel, we recommend you have your vision prescription with you when traveling.  You pay the provider in full at the time of service and submit to Superior Vision an itemized invoice or receipt.  Reimbursement is based on the foreign currency exchange rate at the time of service.  Reimbursement is in equivalent United States dollars only.  Reimbursement is mailed to the address listed on the claim form by the member.  For assistance, please call Superior Vision Customer Service at 800-507-3800.

Superior Vision and Superior Vision Plus
Covered Services Out-of-Network Benefits
International Superior Vision will provide coverage for eligible out-of-country services and product on an “out-of-network” basis only.  As a footnote, we recommend to have your vision prescription when traveling. Pay the provider in full and submit Superior Vision an itemized invoice or receipt.  Reimbursement is based on the foreign currency exchange rate at the time of service.  Reimbursement is in equivalent United States dollars only.  Reimbursement is mailed to the address requested by the member.
Comprehensive eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist Up to $42 (ophthalmologist)
Up to $37 (optometrist)

Standard lenses (per pair) - plastic (CR39), clear, uncoated Up to $32 (Single vision)
Up to $46 (Bifocal)
Up to $61 (Trifocal)
Frames Out-of-Network: Up to $53
Contact lenses Up to $210 (Non-elective)
Up to $100 (Elective)
Receipt or Invoice Mailing Address: Superior Vision Plan
P.O. Box 967, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741

Dearborn National Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

While on business or leisure travel, your group term life and accidental death and dismemberment benefits will continue to provide you the same robust coverage as when you are home. There is no reduction in benefits if death or dismemberment occurs while traveling internationally.

Travel Resource Services™

Dearborn National has partnered with Europ Assistance USA, Inc.(EA), a world leader in travel assistance programs for more than 45 years. EA has a global network of 35 Alarm Centers and over 200 Agents as well as a dedicated staff in multiple countries. EA also has access to a proprietary database of over 400,000 professionals worldwide.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, a trip can be disrupted by a medical emergency, a lost prescription, civil unrest or even a death. Travel Resource Services includes emergency medical assistance, repatriation of remains, financial, legal and translation assistance, as well as access to other critical services and resources. Travel Resource Services is available to covered members and their families traveling for business or pleasure at least 100 miles from their home.*

*Please note that this is not a complete description of the services offered under the Travel Resource Services program and that some exceptions may apply. Please click the following link for additional information: Travel Resource Services.

INSTITUTION TRAVEL OFFICES

Institution TRAVEL Websites Contact Information
UT Arlington Paul Goyne, Director of Accounts Payable and Travel
P: (817) 272-2194
goyne@uta.edu
UT Austin Lee Loden, Director
Travel Management Services
P: (512) 471-6641
lee.loden@austin.utexas.edu
UT Brownsville Ismael Chapa, Travel Coordinator
P: (956) 882-6553
F: (956) 882-7777
451 East Alton Gloor
Brownsville, Texas 78520
UT Dallas Pete Bond, Assistant VP Procurement Mgt
(972) 883-2301
travel@utdallas.edu
UT El Paso Ms. Annette Hinojos, Assistant Manager
Accounts Payable Office
P: (915) 747-6120
amaguilar6@utep.edu
UT Health Center Tyler
Internal Access Only
Marianne Thompson
P: (903) 877-7477 
marianne.thompson@uthct.edu
Claudette Clay
P: (903) 877-7474
F: (903) 877-7494
claudette.clay@uthct.edu
UT Health Science Center Houston Diane Cupples Collard, Manager
Auxiliary Enterprises
Food and Travel Services
Mobility Program Coordinator
7779 Knight Road, REC 116
P: (713) 500-8405
F: (713) 500-8409
UT Health Science Center San Antonio Vikki Foster Ross
P: (210) 562-6201
rossv@uthsca.edu
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Gwen Hurst
Operations Manager
(713) 745-9444
ghurst@mdanderson.org
UT Medical Branch (PDF) Britt Madden
Finance Manager I – Accounts Payable\Travel
P: (409) 747-7952
F: (409) 747-7274
Pager: (409) 645-5850
Corlene Johnson
Accountant II – Travel Programs
P: (409) 747-8089
F: (409) 747-7274

UT Pan American Carolyn Laverty, Travel Coordinator 
P: (956) 381-2612
claverty@utpa.edu
UT Permian Basin CC Serrato, Administrative Assistant III
Office of Vice President for Business Affairs
P: (432) 552-2700
F: (432) 552-3700
serrato_c@utpb.edu
UT San Antonio Please visit Website
UT Southwestern Please visit Website
UT System Administration Nancy Sutherland, Travel Program Director
P: (512) 322-3725
F: (512) 499-4297
nsutherland@utsystem.edu
UT Tyler Faye Ingram, Disbursements and Travel Coordinator
P: (903) 565-5981
fingram@uttyler.edu

 

 

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