Benefits News

Open Enrollment Period Under Way until October 14

Open enrollment for benefits began Monday and will remain open through Friday, October 14. During this period, UT faculty and staff have the opportunity to sign up for or make changes to their health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, and optional special accident insurance and their flexible spending accounts. Decisions made during this

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Changes to Retirement Plans for New Hires Take Effect July 2014

Some large-scale changes to the retirement plans administered by the State of Tennessee and offered to UT employees will take effect on July 1. The changes will not impact existing UT employees. But all faculty and staff involved in recruiting and hiring new employees should understand the changes.

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Begins April 1

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The open enrollment period for the Sick Leave Bank begins April 1 and ends on June 30. The Sick Leave Bank provides members who are experiencing serious illnesses or injuries an opportunity to request additional paid leave from the bank after exhausting all accrued personal leave.

Register Now for Life Planning Seminar

Human Resources and the Benefits and Retirement offices are hosting a two-day Life Planning Seminar on April 11 and 12. Topics will include retiree health insurance, deferred compensation, financial planning, and more. Employees can pick which sessions they attend. All sessions are free, though pre-registration is required.

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.