Benefits News

It’s Open Enrollment Season for UT Health, Dental and Flexible Benefits

By now you should have received all the information you need to make decisions for you and your family about UT’s health, dental, and flexible benefit plans for next year. The annual enrollment transfer period for UT’s health insurance program is October 1 through November 1. Open enrollment for UT’s Flexible Benefits Plan is open until November 30.

Long-Term Disability Insurance Open Enrollment Begins Monday

The open enrollment period for the long-term disability (LTD) insurance plan offered through UT begins Monday, March 28. Recent changes have resulted not only in improved benefits, but also lower premiums for current participants and for eligible employees who wish to join the plan during the enrollment period, which ends May 2. Knoxville-area employees may take advantage of information sessions on Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5.

Changes to UT Medical Center Benefit for University Employees

Prior to Jan. 1, 2011, University Health Systems (through the UT Medical Center in Knoxville) provided a benefit to UT employees in the form of a full waiver after insurance of residual hospital charges, if the employees, their spouses and eligible dependents were participants in the state of Tennessee medical insurance program. As a result of recent changes in the state of Tennessee’s medical insurance plans, University Health Systems has notified the university of changes to this benefit.

State Website Addresses Group Insurance Changes

New health insurance options that UT employees must consider during open enrollment beginning Sept. 15 are now posted online through the State of Tennessee. The state’s Office of Benefits Administration has launched www.partnersforhealthtn.org, to communicate information about the new plan options. A call center dedicated to answering questions about the new plans has been established at 1-866-741-6464, and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

Employee Relations Advisory Board June Meeting

“Quarterly, I meet with the UT Employee Relations Advisory Board to address concerns from UT employees,” Interim President Jan Simek said after the ERAB June meeting. “As you know, the ERAB is a statewide group of employees elected to represent you by voicing your concerns during these meetings.”

Changes to State’s Pharmacy Network

University of Tennessee Director of Payroll Rob Chance addresses changes in the pharmacy network for employees participating in the State of Tennessee Group Health Insurance Program.

Open Enrollment Ends Monday, Nov. 16

The annual open enrollment/transfer period for the group insurance programs for UT employees ends Monday, Nov. 16. Any changes you make in your coverage will become effective Jan. 1, 2010. Even if you aren’t enrolling or changing your coverage, this is an excellent time to review your personalized benefits statement.

Congratulations to April’s Send Roses Recipients

Two Send Roses recipients were celebrated in April, Patricia Wagoner and Heather Webb. There were no Send Roses recipients in January or February, and there will not be a May recipient either.