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Employee Benefits News Archive

    April 4, 2016

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) are negotiating a contract renewal. If an agreement is not made, members will not be able to use the facilities effective May 1, 2016. There are a number of facilities across Texas that could be impacted, for a list of facilities and updated information, please visit http://www.bcbstx.com/hca/.


    March 2016

    Reminder- Faculty Summer Insurance Deductions

    Benefits eligible faculty paid over 9 months will have insurance premiums doubled deducted in the April 1, May 1 and June 1st paychecks to cover summer insurance.

    If there is a change in employment or family status, premiums may be affected.  HR Benefits & Payroll offices will coordinate any adjustments, if applicable. For example, if a faculty member separates from UTSA May 31, he/she is not eligible for summer insurance; the premiums will be reimbursed and COBRA will be offered.

    If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, please contact HR Benefits at 458.4250 or benefits@utsa.edu.


    November 2015

    UT Flex Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) & UT Flex Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) deadlines [learn more]


    October 2015

    Great News for UT Select Health Plan Members & Dependents! Airrosti extended the waived copayment per treatment until December 31, 2015. Call 800.404.6050 to schedule your appointment. Learn more [English | Spanish]

    TRS Reporting Change

    According to TRS Rule 25.28, salaries and deposits reported to TRS has changed.  This change impacted the 2014-2015 salary by one month on your recent TRS Annual Statement. If you are approaching retirement, TRS may be willing to work with you to adjust your salaries to reflect a full 12 months. Please contact TRS directly at 1-800-223-8778 or 512-542-6400 to begin this process. More information in the “Guide to Reading Your 2015 TRS Annual Statement”

    Flu Shot Clinic & Biometric Screening

    Rowdy New U collaborating with Catapult to offer free, quick and confidential preventive health checkups and flu shots right here at our workplace. These checkups and/or flu shots are available to all employees covered under the UT Select BCBS Medical Plan.  Learn More at http://wellness.utsa.edu/


    September 2015

    New Benefits Enhancement for Graduate Students

    UT System Office of Employee Benefits announced effective September 1, 2015 that the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is acceptable coverage for the purpose of waiving UT Select Medical coverage. This change is considered a qualified status change due to the significant change in coverage or cost of other benefit plans. 

    Consequently, graduate students who are benefits eligible (assigned at 50% FTE and working at least 4 ½ months or more) will be able to make changes to benefits coverage consistent with this policy change. Enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan will qualify you to waive the UT Select Medical Plan and be eligible for premium sharing of up to $141.74, which can be used to purchase dental, vision and AD&D coverage. 

    • To make any changes to your benefits, you must complete the Insurance Enrollment Form, Waiver of Medical Insurance, attach proof of Student Health Insurance and submit all documents on or before Friday, October 2, 2015. Otherwise, your changes cannot be made until the next Annual Enrollment in July 2016, to be effective the following September 1, 2016.
    • Please return all documents to the Office of Human Resources, Attention Benefits (NPB 4.102) via email benefits@utsa.edu or fax to 210.458.7890.

    We encourage you to review all your medical plan options (Student Health Insurance Plan or UT Select Medical Plan) very carefully before making a decision.  If you have any questions about the Student Health Insurance Plan, please contact the Academic HealthPlan representative 855.247.2273.


    September - November 2015

    UT Flex Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) & UT Flex Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) deadlines.
    http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/newsletter/articles/15sep_whc2.htm


    August 2015

    Annual Enrollment ended at midnight on July 31, 2015.

    Although Annual Enrollment is officially over, you still have the ability to view your current and future benefits through MyUTBenefits. [read more]

    Make sure your contact information is up-to-date and watch your mail and email for more information from UTSA and the Office of Employee Benefits (OEB). Visit UTSA’s AE website for updates. http://www.utsa.edu/hr/Benefits/AE.html

    The amount employees contribute to Teachers Retirement System (TRS) will increase to 7.2% effective September 1, 2015 and 7.7% beginning September 1, 2016. The employer contribution remains at 6.8%. Visit TRS’s website for more details www.trs.state.tx.us

    Benefits Eligible employees appointed 75% or more (30 hours or more) will be eligible for full time premium sharing effective September 1, 2015. Visit UTSA HR website for details. http://www.utsa.edu/hr/Benefits/AE-2015-BE75.html


    April 2015

    UT System sent out annual notices via email regarding the UTSaver Retirement Plans. As an active employee, you are eligible to contribute to the 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity (TSA) and/or 457(b) Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). [Learn More]

    Announcement regarding Anthem data breach
    If you are a victim of fraudulent tax return, please contact your local law enforcement and the IRS. The IRS has created a notice, Tips for Taxpayers, Victims About Identity Theft and Tax Returns [click here]

    Announcement regarding Employee Disability Survey The Employee Disability Survey provides faculty and staff the opportunity to identify their disability status, as required by Federal Law. Survey completion is requested by April 30, 2015. Contact diane.mazuca@utsa.edu if you did not receive an email requesting completion of this survey.

    BCBSTX and CHRISTUS Health has reached agreement. UT Select BCBS members should not have any disruption of service.


    March 2015

    • UT System launched a new healthy eating and active living program - UT System Physical Activity Challenge! [Learn More]

    February 2015

    • Announcement regarding Anthem data breach:
      http://www.bcbstx.com/company-info/alerts-announcements/alerts-announcements?lid=i5mdvfql
      As a benefits eligible employee/retiree, you are eligible for free identity monitoring service through Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Visit www.deeroaks.com (login: utsa/password: utsa) and click on Legal/Financial.

    • BCBSTX and CHRISTUS Health are negotiating contract details. If an agreement is not made, then effective April 1, 2015, CHRISTUS will no longer be part of BCBS’s in-network benefits. Please work with your physician and/or BCBS to determine your future visits. Read more http://www.bcbstx.com/christushealth/

    • Reminder Faculty Summer Insurance Deductions
      Benefits eligible faculty paid over 9 months will have insurance premiums for this  summer doubled deducted in the April 1, May 1 and June 1st paychecks. Benefits eligible faculty on a salary spread paid 12 months will not be impacted. The insurance premiums are deducted from the monthly paycheck.

    However, if there is a change in employment or family status, premiums may be affected.   HR Benefits & Payroll offices will coordinate any adjustments, if applicable. For example, if a faculty member separates from UTSA May 31, 2015, he/she is not eligible for summer insurance; the premiums will be reimbursed and COBRA will be offered.

    If you have any questions about your insurance coverage, please contact HR Benefits at 458.4250 or benefits@utsa.edu.


    November 2014

    DON'T FORGET  

    UT FLEX Deadlines for FY2013-2014
    Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA):

    • There is a Grace Period for the HCRA; therefore, HCRA enrollees may submit claims incurred through 11/15/2014
    • HCRA claims must be filed no later than 11/30/2014

    Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA):

    • DCRA claims must have been incurred no later than 8/31/2014
    • DCRA claims must be filed no later than 11/30/2014


    Free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Program available to all UT SELECT members

    Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay quit.
    In many towns and communities, local volunteers use this day to publicize the need to quit, and press for laws that control tobacco use and discourage teens from starting, and support people who want to quit.
    Every year in the U.S. over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a cigarette for the first time. The cycle of addiction, illness and death continues. What can be done to stop smoking? The University of Texas System is committed to helping smokers quit by offering our UT SELECT medical covered members with Free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Programs and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). 
    See details of resources available:

    • UT SELECT FREE Tobacco Cessation Program. Quitting smoking takes desire, determination and support. That’s why UT SELECT has developed a motivational toolkit that can help members who are ready to take steps toward this major lifestyle change. Guidance and support with licensed wellness coaches is available by calling 1-800-462-3275. 
    • The UT SELECT Prescription Drug plan covers the following medications at a $0 copayment when they are used for prevention as noted. To receive these medications at a $0 copayment, you must have an authorized prescription for the product and it must be dispensed by a participating mail or retail pharmacy.
      • Nicotrol NS: 90-day supply in any 365-day period.
      • Nicotrol Inhaler: 90-day supply in any 365-day period.
      • Zyban: 90-day supply in any 365-day period.
      • Nicorette Gum /Lozenge: 90-day supply in any 365-day period.
      • Nicotine Transdermal System: 90-day supply in any 365-day period.
      • Chantix: 180-days supply in any 365-day period. For clients who cover OTC nicotine gum, lozenges and patches.
    • Living Well Tobacco Cessation Resources Video: Watch this 60 second video to learn more Free Smoking/Tobacco Cessation Program available to all UT SELECT members. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDr6oJXqfbg&index=1&list=PLYy65ZIXd9rcW_N5OeeT6vF3wh-AJWM99

    In addition to UTSA’s Tobacco Cessation program, UT Benefits can help you and your covered dependents with smoking and tobacco cessation benefits available to all UT SELECT medical plan members. UT SELECT offers licensed tobacco cessation coaches, online self-paced tools, and pharmaceutical therapy, including nicotine replacement therapy. [learn more http://www.livingwell.utsystem.edu/tobacco.htm]


    New! Effective September 1, 2014
    UT Select BCBS Benefits Value Advisors help you maximize your health coverage.
    Watch the video to learn more: http://www.bcbstx.com/ut/

    Annual Enrollment for Plan Year 2014-2015

    Ended at midnight July 31, 2014

    [read more]

    June 2014: Earn your $25 gift card reward! Complete the online health assessment and a preventive exam with your healthcare provider by August 31, 2014. [read more]


    2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge


    Living Well, Moving Well
    : The 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge
    Registration is open now through May 7 for 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge!... BUT register early and you can receive a free pedometer to help you track your steps. Quantities are limited, so be sure to register and get your pedometer as soon as possible. To find out where to pick up your pedometer at your institution, contact wellness@utsa.edu.
    Living Well, Moving Well is a six-week Physical Activity Challenge beginning on May 1.


    Saturday April 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Between 10AM and 2PM on April 26, bring your unwanted prescription drugs to a collection site near you

    Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and the environment. If you dispose of drugs on your own, check out these tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF).


  • Annual Enrollment for Plan Year 2014-2015

    Annual Enrollment (AE) is the period when you can change your employer group insurance benefit elections and add, update or remove dependents from coverage. The period to update your changes is July 15 to July 31.

  • November 15, 2013: UT FLEX Grace Period and Claim Filing Deadline [Read more]

    October 29, 30, & 31, 2013: The flu vaccination is fully covered by your UT SELECT benefits. For more info on Flu Shot Clinics at UTSA, visit http://wellness.utsa.edu/

  • October 2013: Would you like to lose weight, gain strength, or just feel better? As a member of the UT SELECT medical plan, you and your dependents receive access to free online nutrition tools and resources to help you reach your goals. View video

  • October 26th 2013: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Enter your ZIP code to find your nearest collection site.

  • September 2013: Help to keep your child safe in the car by choosing the right car seat and installing it properly. Visit SaferCar.gov to find out which type of restraint is appropriate for your child, based on his/her age and size.
  • April 2-4, 2013: UTSA is hosting the 2nd annual Rowdy Wellness Week during National Public Health Week. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to learn about the importance of early detection, research and innovation, health maintenance, stress reduction and staying fit. To learn more, please visit http://utsa.edu/recreation/wellnessweek.pdf

  • March 1, 2013: The Dallas Region of the Social Security Administration will be hosting a webinar, Social Security: Approaching Retirement on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Click Here to View the Webinar!

  • February 2013: San Antonio is one of six finalist cities bidding to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for Swimming, and San Antonio Sports needs your help to convince USA Swimming officials that San Antonio is the right host. Just imagine cheering on the best swimmers in the nation as they vie for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team in our Alamodome.

  • January 2013: SA Metro Health releases statement regarding influenza vaccines…[read more] Flu shots & nasal flu mist are 100% covered under UT Select medical plan. [Read more] [News Release]

  • 2013 UTSA Employee Assistant Chat Topics
    Every month, you are invited to participate online at deeroaks.com
    in a live, topical chat with a Deer Oaks Counselor. 

  • January 2013 - EAP On-Site Winter Holidays office hours:

    The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) office at the Main Campus and the Downtown Campus will be closed during the UTSA Winter Holidays (December 25th, December 27th, January 1st and January 3rd). 

    However, Deer Oaks will continue to offer services off site, online and by telephone.  For assistance during the holidays, we encourage you to contact Deer Oaks (EAP Provider) at (210) 615-8880 or 1-866-327-2400 or visit their website at www.deeroaks.com

    Regular EAP on-site counseling services will resume on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. 

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    Updated: April 2016