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Benefits Services

The University of Texas at Dallas offers a comprehensive insurance, retirement, and workplace benefit program to employees and retirees. The staff of Employee Benefit Services focus on assisting you in understanding and maximizing the benefits programs offered to you. Our mission is customer based and service oriented. We offer individualized, quality customer service to employees and retirees. Benefits staff provide enrollment assistance, assistance with family status changes, act as liaisons on benefits related issues and are happy to help with any question.

 

Annual Benefits Enrollment

How to Enroll

The annual benefits enrollment period for UT Dallas will begin July 15 and must be completed before midnight CDT on July 31, 2014. During this time period, you can:

  • Make changes to your benefits.
  • Enroll or re-enroll in UT FLEX. (employees only; enrollment does not automatically renew)
  • Add or remove dependents from your coverage plan.

By July 15, benefits-eligible individuals will begin receiving the Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letter from the UT System. This letter explains insurance options in detail and gives instructions on enrolling through My UT Benefits. If you haven’t received your letter by Monday, July 21, please send an email message to benefits@utdallas.edu.

After you receive the letter, log into My UT Benefits with your appropriate ID (employees can use the Single Sign On with your NetID and password or your Campus ID/UTD ID number on the front of your Comet Card) and follow the on-screen instructions to make your selections. You will receive an email confirming your changes approximately 24 hours afterward. If you don’t receive the confirmation email or have questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Team (benefits@utdallas.edu / 972.883.2221.)

Changes

The UT System Office of Employee Benefits announced changes to the 2014-2015 benefits plans in the July issue of the A Matter of Health newsletter. Highlights of the changes include:

  • The UT Select Medical Plan Premium rate will reflect a 6 percent increase. View the new rates and estimate your out-of-pocket costs.
  • The prescription drug plan will no longer cover most compound medications. Changing the management of these medications, which cost the plan an additional $28 million this year, will reduce overall premiums.
  • The UTSW Pilot Program (PDF, 210KB) will close effective August 31, 2014. The UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) will analyze the pilot to determine whether a special UT Tiered Benefit is appropriate to include in the plan in future years.
  • The UT SELECT Medical plan will introduce the Benefits Value Advisor (BVA.) The BVA is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield hosted tool which will help members shop for care that is high-quality and cost-effective.
  • A new $100 copayment will be added to the plan for outpatient and non-emergency CT Scans and MRIs. Patients may request this fee to be waived by calling a BVA before receiving the care.
  • The UT Select Dental Basic and Dental Plus rates will increase by 5 percent due to plan utilization and increased demand. These plans have not had a rate increase since 2010-11.
  • As a result of the new Health Care Provider fee under the Affordable Care Act for fully insured products, the rates for the following plans will increase accordingly:
    • Dental HMO – 2.5 percent
    • Vision Plan (Basic and Plus) – 2.5 percent

Important Reminders

  • If you do not wish to make changes to your coverage, your current insurance elections will continue as listed in the Annual Enrollment Coverage Option Letter. However, if you want to enroll or continue participation in UT FLEX, you must make that election online each year by following the instructions listed in the letter from the UT System.
  • Faculty members who are paid over a nine-month period will pay insurance premiums over those nine months. Nine-month rates will be published soon on this site.
  • The deadline for submitting Evidence of Insurability (EOI) forms for Life, Disability, and Long-Term Care insurance is August 15, 2014.
  • The effective date for coverage elected and approved during Annual Enrollment is September 1, 2014.
  • In October 2014, review your first paycheck of the new fiscal year to ensure that your coverage elections have been processed correctly. Notify the Benefits Office of any errors within 31 days of receiving your paycheck.

Please continue to monitor your University email account for more information and reminders. If you need assistance during the enrollment process, please contact the Employee Benefits Team (benefits@utdallas.edu / 972.883.2221.)

Learn More

The UT Dallas Benefits Fair will be held Friday, July 11 in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to help benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and surviving dependents learn more about their benefit options before the annual enrollment period begins.

Benefits Fair Schedule
Presentation Time
Payflex - UT Flex Plan 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Delta Dental 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Superior Vision 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dearborn National 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blue Cross Blue Shield - UT Select Medical Plan 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Express Scripts - Prescription 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
EAP - UTSW 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Provant - UT System Wellness Vendor 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Catapult Health - Biometric Screening Vendor 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Retirement Programs Presentation - Benefits Office 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Vendor Booths including Retirement Plan Providers 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge to Begin May 1

Registration is now open for the 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge “Living Well, Moving Well” —an employee wellness competition between all system institutions that runs from May 1 – June 12, 2014.

During the six-week period, participants are challenged to complete the Living Well Health Platform Assessment and log 50,000 steps per week or the equivalent in physical activity. UT Dallas will be competing for the coveted UT System Physical Activity Challenge “Living Well, Moving Well” Traveling Trophy, and will kick off the challenge on May 1 at 10:00 a.m. with a 10-minute walk around the south mall, starting under the Trellis at the Plinth.

Learn more and sign up today to get a free pedometer while supplies last!

 

2013-2014 Benefits took Effect September 1, 2013

Highlights of changes include:

  • The UT Select Medical Premium rate will reflect a small 3% increase.
  • In accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) the maximum allowable annual election for Flex Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) will be reduced from $5,000 to $2,500.
  • The UT Flex Debit Card will be provided at no cost for participants who elect a FLEX HCRA.
  • CNA will offer a new Long Term Care (LTC) plan, which includes significant changes for newly eligible employees and those desiring to make changes during the Annual Enrollment period.
  • Faculty members who are paid over 9 months will pay their 12 month insurance premiums over the 9 months.

 

Benefits Staff