Annual UTEP Employee Benefits Enrollment Continues Through July 31
Last Updated on July 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Originally published July 12, 2019
By Jesse Martinez
Faculty, staff and retirees of The University of Texas at El Paso can change or update their employee benefits packages this month.
The Office of Human Resources is hosting a kickoff event at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Union Cinema, and the department’s annual health fair will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Tomás Rivera Conference Center.
“We encourage all of our employees and retirees to come out and take some time to gather information about nutrition, exercise and healthy choices that will impact their mind and body,” said Sandy Vasquez, associate vice president for human resources at UTEP.
The kickoff event will feature presentations by The University of Texas System health insurance providers, who will discuss upcoming changes and available tools, and answer questions. The health fair is a one-stop shop that allows employees and retirees to meet with community partners and University departments to learn about resources available to them. There will also be door prizes such as gift cards and gift baskets.
“The focus is about health and wellness, mind and body,” said Monica Ramos, associate director of human resources at UTEP. “We invite over 60 different healthcare and wellness providers along with our UTEP departments and UT System health insurance providers to share information and resources that impact (employees’) health and well-being.”
The annual benefits enrollment period for UTEP employees and retirees begins July 15 and ends at 10:59 p.m. MDT July 31. During that period, employees can modify their benefit elections for the next coverage year beginning Sept. 1. If employees and retirees do not need to make changes to their coverage, no action is required with the exception of employees who enroll in the UT FLEX flexible spending accounts, Vasquez said.
New services this year include MD Live, a virtual doctor visit for non-emergency medical issues; Hinge Health, a personalized physical therapy program; and 90-day supplies of maintenance prescriptions will be available at retail and pharmacies in addition to home delivery through Express Scripts. New medical insurance cards will be mailed to all participants prior to the start of the new plan year.
There will be several hands-on and informational sessions scheduled across campus that will give employees the opportunity to have their questions answered and to learn more about services available. See a list of upcoming sessions at UTEP's Human Resources website.