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Employee Benefits News

October 2015

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

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.


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Updated: October 2015