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In the News: Study Says Insure Tennessee Could Bring $1.14B to State

Commercial Appeal

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.”

Don’t Forget: Open Enrollment Ends November 1


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.

Appeal Process for Employees Enrolled in Partnership PPO Health Plan

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.

How to Navigate the Partnership Promise

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.

Seeing the Benefits of Vision Insurance

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.

Insurance Enrollment and Change Deadline Is Friday

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.

Healthways Well-Being Assessment is March 15

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.