Benefit Briefs

The Benefit Briefs newsletter highlights important Texas A&M University System benefit changes and information about your insurance and retirement plans. The Benefit Briefs archives are available if you need past information.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Benefits Brief newsletter, please contact System Benefits Administration at employeebenefits@tamus.edu or call (979) 458-6330.

Benefits Briefs Newsletter

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness month. Take action against a silent killer. Cervical cancer doesn’t have early warning signs, and most symptoms don’t show up until it is advanced. That’s why prevention is so important. Here are some ways you can help protect...

Livongo Diabetes and Hypertension Program

Livongo is a program specifically for those diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes or hypertension. You will be contacted by Livongo if you are determined to be eligible for the program. The Livongo diabetes program includes: An advanced meter Unlimited strips and...

Toys and Children’s Eye Safety

According to Prevent Blindness America, children sustain approximately 11,000 toy-related eye injuries each year. Most toy-related eye injuries are treated, have no long-term effects, and are easily preventable. Be aware of the dangers Toys play a tremendous role in...

Holiday Sweets Can be Tough on Teeth

This holiday season, don’t forget about your oral health!  View the links below to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy over the holidays. Healthy Holidays The winter holidays can be tough on your teeth. With the right approach, you can stay on top of your...

Managing Debt

Make a debt plan Pay off debt based on a specific time frame or payment amount and change variables to see how it affects the results. Use this easy debt repayment calculator. Debt guidelines These tips can help you stay on the path to financial wellness: Focus on...

Express Scripts

Did you know Express Scripts can help you manage your prescription refills and deliver them straight to your home? Express Scripts home delivery allows you to order several months of your medication in advance, avoiding refill delays and financial concerns. Automatic...

Flu Vaccine

The CDC says most people who are six months or older should get a yearly flu shot. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the shot to protect against flu virus infection. So don’t wait until peak flu season to get your shot. Get it as soon as it is available....

Omada for Prevention

Omada® is a digital lifestyle change program to help reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Omada® brings together the individualized attention of professional health coaches with a researched curriculum and manageable but powerful...

Breast Cancer Screening

Stay on top of things that matter. Women ages 40 to 49 should talk with their doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. Women ages 50 to 74 should get mammograms every 2 years. Prioritize your health and make time for your breast cancer...

ComPsych Guidance Resources

ComPsych GuidanceResources offers in-person and telephone counseling services, training, and a variety of resources to help employees deal with subjects such as stress management, moving, parenting, the death of a loved one, and conflicts at work. Please find below...

Where to Go for Care

Deciding where to go for care can be confusing. Virtual visit, doctor’s office, retail clinic, urgent care or ER? If you aren’t having an emergency, deciding where to go for medical care may save you time and money. You have choices for where you get non-emergency...

BlueCross BlueShield Benefit Value Advisors

Do you need to have routine medical procedures before the year ends? Your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas health plan benefits include Benefits Value Advisors (BVAs). BVAs serve as customer advocates to help you: Find medical and Behavioral Health providers near...

Superior Vision Halloween Costume Contact Safety

To avoid a real-life Halloween horror story – keep your eyes safe from costume contacts. Ophthalmologists advise to stay away from over-the-counter non-prescription colored contacts, which can damage eyes and your vision. These illegally sold cosmetic lenses may not...

Get Ready for Open Enrollment 2022

Open Enrollment for FY22: July 1-31, 2022 Open Enrollment is right around the corner and it is a great time to review your benefits. How often did you go to the dentist this past year? Are you filling maintenance prescriptions that might be cheaper through mail order?...

65 Plus Plan Opt Out

When retired members turn 65 and enroll in Medicare Part A&B, they are moved from the A&M Care Plan to the 65 Plus Plan. Currently, these retirees are given an opportunity to opt out of this move and remain in the A&M Care Plan. This will change in the new...

COVID claims by the numbers

The COVID-19 pandemic had a impact on the nation's health sector both in 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 claims and treatment costs have increased from 2020 to 2021 plan years. COVID-19 claims paid accounted for 4.2% of medical costs in 2021 as compared to 2.5% in 2020 5.9%...

OG Benefits provides customer service for The Hartford

OG Benefits advisors can help educate and guide members through Life Insurance options and claims. OG Benefits provides assistance with: Assist Texas A&M University System Employee's and Retiree's with questions on Hartford Life plans. Assist Texas A&M...

2nd.MD Specializing in Medical Certainty

Available to employees, retirees and their enrolled dependents on the A&M Care, 65 Plus and J plans, 2nd.MD offers medical second opinions and consultations with world-renowned specialists via video or phone conference. If you or a covered dependent are diagnosed...

The Hartford Optional Life Open Enrollment

Choosing the right amount of Optional Life insurance coverage is among the most important decisions you can make for your family. If they were to suddenly lose you they would also lose your paycheck. Life insurance can help provide income and financial support to your...