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Employee Benefits News

November 2014


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.

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]

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

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
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).

[Employee Benefit News Archive]

Updated: November 2014