A study from UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research says Governor Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan, which would expand Medicaid in Tennessee, would bring more than a billion dollars of new spending to the state. “The immediate purpose of Insure Tennessee is to provide health insurance to Tennesseans,” the study says. “At the same time, the injection of additional federal dollars will yield significant spillover benefits to the state economy.”
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There are just eight days left in the state’s annual enrollment period for health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, optional special accident insurance, and flexible benefits. The open enrollment period for all state employees will close on Saturday, November 1.
The annual enrollment period for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, and optional special accident programs is October 1 through November 1, 2014.
If you had a wellness screening in 2013 as part of fulfilling the requirements for the Partnership Promise program, you may have recently received a letter from Onsite Health Diagnostics.
If you are currently enrolled in the state of Tennessee’s Partnership PPO health insurance plan and received a letter explaining you will be transferred to the Standard PPO plan for 2015—but feel you were notified in error—you are encouraged to file an appeal by August 31. According to the state, some letters were sent by mistake, and correction letters will be mailed soon.
As the deadline for insurance enrollment draws near, UT employees should familiarize themselves with Partnership Promise requirements for 2014. Eligible university employees must enroll or make changes to their state insurance benefits by Friday, November 1. The Partnership PPO and Standard PPO are the state’s two health insurance plans.
For as little as $3.27 a month, university employees can enroll in the state’s new vision insurance program. First introduced last year, the vision program provides for an annual routine exam, allowances and discounts toward eyeglass frames and lenses or contact lenses, and a discount on Lasik/refractive surgery.
Friday is the deadline for UT employees enrolling or changing their options for state insurance benefits. Enrollment for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, long-term disability, and optional special accident programs began October 1 and will conclude Friday, November 1. No action is required if you are happy with your current benefit selections.
The university has been notified of employees and covered spouses that have not yet completed the Healthways Well-Being Assessment. It is a requirement of the 2013 Partnership Promise. All members and covered spouses enrolled in the Partnership PPO must complete the assessment by Friday, March 15. If you do not complete the requirement by the deadline, you and your covered spouse, if applicable, will be transferred to the Standard PPO in 2014. Participation in the Standard PPO Plan will increase your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses substantially.
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.