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For Your BenefitFriday is the deadline for UT employees enrolling or changing their options for state insurance benefits.

Enrollment for the state of Tennessee’s health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care, long-term disability, and optional special accident programs began October 1 and will conclude Friday, November 1. No action is required if you are happy with your current benefit selections.

If you have not already, please take the time to:

  • Enroll in programs
  • Change carriers or options
  • Add dependents
  • Cancel coverage

The options you choose during the enrollment period are effective January 1 through December 31, 2014.

Everything is done online through the state’s self-service program, and instructions are available at Login and password information was mailed to employee home addresses in mid-September. If you did not receive this information or have questions about using the state’s online system, call 800-253-9981, option 3.

The following changes are in store for 2014:

  • Health premiums will increase by 5.5 percent. If you keep the same carrier (BlueCross or Cigna), increases will be between $5.97 a month for individual coverage and $15.52 a month for family coverage.
  • Dental premiums will increase by 3 percent.
  • More services and charges will now count toward your out-of-pocket copay maximum to provide additional financial protection (for example, emergency room, chiropractic, and urgent care in-network visits).
  • A pharmacy out-of-pocket copay maximum will apply in network.

The UT System Payroll Office is available to answer your questions at 865-974-5251.

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