Human Resources

Benefits Office


UT Health Northeast offers excellent employee and retiree benefits and is a valuable means of compensation and security for all your benefits needs present and future.

If you would like more information about your benefits, please visit UT System Office of Employee Benefits or contact the Benefits Office.

  • Phone: (903) 877-7741
  • Fax: (903) 877-5394
  • Email: benefits@uthct.edu
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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PLANS AND INFORMATION


RETIREMENT PROGRAMS

  • ORP /TSA/DCP
  • ORP/TSA/DCP http://www.utorp.utsystem.edu/
  • Retirement Manager http://www.myretirementmanager.com/?utsystem

TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF TEXAS

  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas Website http://www.trs.state.tx.us/
  • TRS Retirement Eligibility http://www.trs.state.tx.us/active.jsp?submenu=retirement&page_id=/benefits/retirement_eligibility_checklist
  • TRS Calculator http://www.trs.state.tx.us/global.jsp?page_id=/ossa/calculators

FORMS

  • TRS Forms http://www.trs.state.tx.us/active.jsp?page_id=/global/forms_active
  • Insurance and Retirement Program http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/ae/pubs/homepage.htm#retirement


HELPFUL LINKS

  • Insurance Benefits Summary http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/insurance/
  • Medical ID Card http://www.bcbstx.com/ut/
  • Pay Flex https://utflex.payflex.com/mypayflex/
  • Living Well Website http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/livingwell/
  • STAR Discount Program http://www.uthct.edu/resources/service/hr/starprogram.asp
  • My UTBenefits formerly UT Touch https://utdirect.utexas.edu/nlogon/sgwww/myUTBenefits/index.wb

For Your Work/Life Balance

  • Vacation: 12 Days per year (Vacation benefits increase with state service time).
  • Sick Leave: 12 days per year
  • Holidays: Variable according to Fiscal Year (September – August)
  • Floating Holidays: 4 hours per month and must be used by Fiscal Year end August 31.
  • Holiday Schedule 2014

For your Retirement Planning Needs

  • For Staff: Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
  • For Faculty: Optional Retirement Program (ORP) or Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
  • Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) program available to all staff and faculty.
  • UT Saver Traditional TSA (403b) Before Tax
  • UT Saver Roth TSA (403b) After Tax
  • UT Saver Deferred Compensation Plan (457b) (DCP) Before Tax

Other Ways UT Health Northeast Provides for You

  • Longevity Pay – Employees receive pay supplements based on their years of service with the State of Texas
  • Star Program - Discounts to area businesses
  • Scholarships
  • Work out facility on campus
  • CASE Credit Union located on UT Health Northeast campus – (903) 877-9113

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The program provides free, professional assistance to help the employee and his/her family resolve problems that may affect their personal lives and job performance. The Service is CONFIDENTIAL and VOLUNTARY.

You are encouraged to call (903) 530-6718. You may also ask for a referral through your supervisor. JOHN HOPKINS and ASSOCIATES is located 1810 Shiloh Road, Suite 801, Tyler, TX 75703.

RETIREE INFORMATION

UT SELECT AND MEDICARE
When you or your covered dependent(s) become eligible for Medicare, you and your Medicare-eligible dependents should enroll in Part A (typically in-patient coverage) and Part B coverage (typically office visits and doctor fees). The University of Texas System urges all retired employees and dependents to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B when they become eligible at age 65 or earlier if they are eligible due to a disability. Retired employees or soon-to-be retired employees or their dependents who are eligible for Medicare must have Medicare Parts A and B to receive the maximum benefits available from the UT SELECT plan. It is your responsibility to inform your institution Benefits Office if your covered dependents are Medicare-eligible.

In most instances, if you are eligible for Medicare and are working in a position for at least 20 hours per week, your UT medical plan will be primary, and Medicare will be secondary. Medicare may be primary for some Medicare-eligible active employees with certain medical conditions. Consult with your local Social Security Administration office to learn what illnesses qualify for Medicare coverage prior to turning age 65.

If you are retired and also eligible for Medicare, Medicare becomes your primary payer and pays your medical claims first; UT SELECT pays second. If you choose a doctor who accepts Medicare assignment, you will not be responsible for any difference between the billed charge and the Medicare allowed amount.

If you decline Part B, you will have to pay a higher premium if you ever re-apply for Medicare coverage. As a retiree, if you or your Medicare-eligible dependent have declined Medicare Part B and fail to re-apply, you will be required to pay the portion that Medicare Part B would have paid as primary insurer for Part B-covered items for yourself and any Medicare-eligible dependents.

In order to ensure claims are correctly processed, you should contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and report your or your dependent’s Medicare Health Insurance Claim (HIC) number and the effective dates of Medicare Parts A and B immediately upon enrollment.

If you or your dependents are enrolled in Medicare and your doctor accepts Medicare assignment and the doctor may be in or out of the UT SELECT Network;

  • UT SELECT will pay 100% of benefits approved but not paid by Medicare (subject to UT SELECT plan limitations);
  • There are no deductibles, copayments or coinsurance; and when you or your dependents are an inpatient at a facility that accepts Medicare assignment,
  • UT SELECT will pay the Medicare inpatient deductible, and the $100 per day Co-pay ($500 maximum) will not apply.

If your doctor does not accept Medicare assignment Network and Out-of-Network benefits apply; UT SELECT will coordinate with Medicare; and Deductibles, copayments and coinsurance may apply.

YOUR MEDICAL PLAN AND MEDICARE PART D
On January 1, 2006, Medicare beneficiaries became eligible for a new Medicare approved prescription drug benefit – Medicare Part D. The University of Texas System continues to offer your current prescription drug benefit, and enrollment in Medicare Part D will have a negative financial impact for most UT participants.

UT strongly urges you NOT to enroll in the Medicare Part D program. UT is committed to providing your prescription drug coverage now and in the future and to helping you make informed choices about your prescription drug benefit. For a relatively small amount of very low-income retirees, enrolling in Medicare Part D may save money if the retiree also qualifies for a “low income subsidy” provided as part of the Medicaid Part D
Program. For more information about the low income subsidy, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213.

If you choose to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you will not be eligible for another policy that offers prescription drug coverage. You can keep your UT prescription drug policy only if you do not enroll in the Medicare Part D.

You may find additional information about the Medicare Part D program at www.cms.hhs.gov/medicarereform

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE NOTICE The Health Insurance Marketplace launched October 1. The Marketplace (also known as the "exchange") is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is a new option to shop for private insurance. The ACA requires all employees be informed about the Marketplace by October 1. The UT System Office of Employee Benefits (OEB) has sent this notice to anyone with a current assignment and unassigned employees who received payroll compensation anytime during 2013. More information about ACA and UT Select is available on the OEB website.

NOTICE: Protected health information is subject to electronic disclosure.