News and Announcements

Calendar Year 2018 Wellness Program Update (6/14/2018)

The prolonged litigation affecting the State of Tennessee wellness program has ended.  However, because of the time it takes to complete the contract award process and implement the contract, we will be unable to operate a wellness program in 2018.  What that means for insurance members is that we will not have any wellness services in 2018.  This includes the cash incentive that state and higher education members could earn for completing wellness activities.  As soon as we have a target start date for the 2019 program, we will share that information.  Please not that this will not affect 2018 premiums because the wellness program and the plan selection are unrelated. 

Calendar Year 2018 Open Enrollment Period (9/12/2017)

The annual enrollment period for 2018 benefits is October 2 - October 13.  The options you choose during the enrollment period are effective January 1- December 31, 2018, unless you have a qualifying event or family status change during the year.  The premiums are changing for all health insurance plan options.  The Partnership PPO name is changing to the Premier PPO.  It will have the same benefits, coverage, and cost sharing as the 2017 Partnership PPO but will not require wellness activities.  Current Partnership PPO and No Partnership PPO members will be automatically moved to the Premier PPO unless you make a change.  Review the 2018 premium comparison for more details on the pricing. 

Annual Enrollment Web Site and Password Resets (9/11/2017)

The annual enrollment period for 2017 benefits is October 2 - October 13. If you wish to make a change, you must use the State of Tennessee's Edison website. The State of Tennessee is not mailing password letters and is not providing the information to the university. Please use the Edison Password Reset Document for login help or call the State Office of Benefits Administration Service Desk at 1 (800) 253-9981.

UT Medical Center and State Insurance Plans (10/22/2015)

Regardless of which insurance plan or insurance carrier (Cigna or BlueCross) you selected for 2016, UT Medical Center and affiliated physicians will be in-network for UT employees and all other state of Tennessee plan members.  Confusion is likely coming from local media reports explaining that as of March 1, 2016, UT Medical Center will be out-of-network for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's Network S for individuals with coverage from other employers.

Employee Contributions for Health Savings Account (10/14/2015)

With the Health Savings CDHP insurance option, employees may set aside funds tax-free (in addition to the State contribution for Wellness participants) to pay for qualified medical, dental, and vision expenses. These funds will be deducted from your paychecks in 2016 and can be started, changed, or stopped at anytime by completing the Health Savings Account Authorization Form and returning it to the Payroll Office. Please remember that if you have a Medical Flexible Benefits Spending Account, you must use all the funds in it by December 31st, 2015, otherwise contributions to your HSA cannot begin until April 1st, 2016.

Same-Sex Marriage and Insurance Eligibility (07/8/2015)

As a result of the Supreme Court decision and associated change in the State of Tennessee insurance eligibility rules, the University of Tennessee can now accept and process insurance applications from same-sex married couples. This change applies to all eligible UT faculty and staff. For more information, please view the Same-Sex Marriage Information Page.


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