Linda Hendricks Harig

The fall semester is in full swing. Open enrollment is underway. And now is a great time to update you on several important topics.

This issue includes a comprehensive summary of health, dental, vision and other benefits that are part of the annual open enrollment and transfer period, which runs through Oct. 14. We also have information about the new overtime regulations taking effect Dec. 1, a new FranklinCovey training opportunity, ideas for recognizing retiring colleagues and much more.

I encourage you to spend a few minutes reading the newsletter and to contact us with feedback or questions at

Linda Hendricks Harig
UT System Vice President for Human Resources

Fall 2016 Issue

Open Enrollment for 2017 Insurance Programs Set for Oct. 3-14

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During the state of Tennessee’s open enrollment period from Oct. 3-14, UT faculty and staff have the opportunity to sign up for or make changes to health, dental, vision, basic and term life, long-term care and optional special accident programs.

What’s Important for 2017:

  • Changes in Premiums, Deductibles, Copays and Coinsurance
  • Combined Medical and Pharmacy Out-of-Pocket Maximums
  • More Health Plans (5 Total) and Insurance Networks (3 Total)
  • Less Health Coaching
  • New Telehealth Option for Virtual Visits
  • New ID Cards
  • New Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse and Employee Assistance Program Vendor
  • New Copay Installment Plan for 90-Day Maintenance Medications

Read our Open Enrollment Guide

Staying or Switching: Feedback about the Low Premium / High Deductible HealthSavings CDHP Introduced in 2016

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Trying to decide if the HealthSavings consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) is the right plan for you? 625 UT employees gave it a try this year, and we asked for their feedback.

Read what UT employees had to say

2017 President’s Awards: New Category Added, Nominations Underway

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While the bar has been set high, we’re excited to begin the nomination process for the 2017 awards program and to announce the addition of a fourth award category. The Support Award recognizes contributions by staff employees in support of UT’s three-part mission to educate, discover and connect. Nominations are due Jan. 4.

Learn more about the President’s Awards

New FranklinCovey Leadership Training Available to All Departments

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Leading at the Speed of Trust focuses on five areas of trust: self, relationship, organizational,
market and societal, and guides participants to an understanding of how these areas impact professional and leadership effectiveness. The course covers valuable information on ways to boost credibility with self and others and teaches participants 13 behaviors to develop to build trust with other people.

More about this training

Annual Reminder: Check the Code and Report Concerns

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Thee code of conduct outlines basic expectations, highlights policy requirements, includes training resources and provides instructions for reporting concerns and violations.

Learn more about the code of conduct and reporting options