For Your Benefit News

New Vision and Improved Flexible Spending Programs Offered

A new benefit has been added and another will be improved as employees consider additions and changes to their insurance and related benefits. New perks include a vision coverage plan and an improved flexible spending program with a debit card for eligible expenses. Open enrollment for faculty and staff who wish to elect and/or change their insurance and other benefits began October 1 and ends November 1.

Enrollment Period for Health, Dental, and Other Insurance Programs

The annual enrollment period for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, long-term disability, and optional special accident programs begins today. All changes must be made online by November 1. During open enrollment, employees have the opportunity to change, enroll in, or cancel coverage options for calendar year 2013.

Register Now for Customer Service Certification


UT employees interested in advancing their skills in customer service are invited to complete the Employee and Organizational Development Customer Service Certification. The prerequisite course, Customer Service 101, will be offered on Tuesday, July 17, and Thursday, October 25. The courses are free.

Summer/Fall ‘Training Pages’ Now Available to Employees


The newest issue of Employee and Organizational Development’s employee course catalog “Training Pages” is now available online with course listings for July through December. Registration is now open for many classes. Employees interested in a variety of supervisory, management, and personal development classes can take advantage of this service by viewing the catalog online.

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.

Open Enrollment for UT’s Flexible Benefits Plan

Do you take advantage of UT’s Flexible Benefits? Employees interested in joining the plan or participating for another year should sign up during this year’s open enrollment period, which ends November 30. The flexible benefits plan allows employees to pay certain predictable medical and dependent care expenses, such as co-pays, with pre-tax dollars.

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.

State Health Insurance Transfer Appeal Deadline Set for August 31

To remain in the Partnership Promise PPO for calendar year 2012, the State of Tennessee required enrolled employees and spouses to have a health screening and complete a health questionnaire and submit the results to APS Healthcare by June 30. APS Healthcare sent out notifications to employees with an incomplete status in mid-August. If you believe you met the requirements and still received the letter, you may submit an appeal to APS. The deadline for appeals is Wednesday, August 31.

Important Message About Partnership Promise Health Questionnaire

The deadline for completing the health questionnaire and health screening required by the Partnership Promise is June 30. To help you complete the health questionnaire requirement, the University of Tennessee has arranged for APS Healthcare to come to the Hermitage Room on the third floor of the University Center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.

Medical Insurance Online Accounts and Workplace Health Screenings

All employees participating in the State of Tennessee medical insurance program can now create an online account with APS Healthcare for the Partners for Health Wellness program. This online account will allow you to complete the health questionnaire and schedule a worksite health screening as required by the Partnership Promise. There will be a health screening in the Hollingsworth Auditorium on the agriculture campus this Saturday, March 5.