News and Announcements

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.

Cigna LocalPlus Network Changes (10/05/2015)

Cigna just informed the State of Tennessee that Tennova facilities and affiliated physicians will be leaving the LocalPlus network as of 12/31/2015. Tennova facilities will not be in network for Cigna Local Plus in 2016. An updated list of Cigna Local Plus in-network hospitals may be found here. A listing of the 612 UT Medical Center physicians who will joining Cigna LocalPlus can be found here and the 135 Tennova physicians leaving the Cigna LocalPlus network may be found here.

Delta Dental Communications (9/21/2015)

Although Delta Dental is being replaced by MetLife as the State of Tennessee's contracted Dental Preferred Provider, Delta Dental is reaching out to employees with a retention offer. The State insurance plans have no relationship with Delta Dental in 2016-2017. Plan members should consider all the implications of leaving the State's Dental Plan. Please see this flyer for further information more details.

Calendar Year 2016 Open Enrollment Period (9/11/2015)

The annual enrollment period for 2015 benefits is September 15 through October 15. The options you choose during the enrollment period are effective January 1- December 31, 2015, unless you have a qualifying event or family status change during the year. For more details, please view the 2016 Annual Enrollment/Transfer Period information page.


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.


Change In Insurance Coverage Effective Date (03/17/2015)

For employees hired on or after July 1st, 2015, the rules regarding the effective date of insurance coverage will change. Coverage will begin the first day of the month following completion of one full calendar month of employment.  For example, an employee hired on March 1st will have coverage effective on April 1st.  An employee hired on March 2nd will have coverage effective May 1st.


Affordable Care Act Information (09/18/2013)

Starting January 1, 2014, individuals who do not have a health plan that qualifies as minimum essential coverage may have to pay a fee. The State of Tennessee Group Health Insurance Program meets or exceeds the minimum essential coverage requirements of the law. For more information, please view the Affordable Care Act Information Page.


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