> A new coverage tier is being added to the A&M Care Plans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas-designated Blue Distinction Centers have a proven record of delivering specialty care and results. Blue Distinction center care includes the following: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee/hip replacement, spine surgery, and transplants. This tier will be covered at 90% coinsurance for inpatient services. The benefits of the Blue Distinction Centers are available to 65 PLUS plan members, but there is no plan savings since, in most cases, Blue Cross and Blue Shield pays what Medicare does not pay for inpatient hospitalizations.
> Livongo for diabetes and hypertension, Omada for pre-diabetes and prehypertension, and Hinge Health for musculoskeletal conditions are being added as Blue Cross and Blue Shield partner programs. These programs are based on eligibility or diagnosis, and include digital tools to assist with these chronic conditions such as a scale or virtual therapy courses. There will be more information provided about these programs after September 1.
> Polycarbonate lenses and standard anti-reflective lenses are now covered in full for both participants and dependents enrolled in the vision plan.
> The MDLIVE Virtual Visits copay will decrease from $20 to $10 for the A&M Care, J, and 65 Plus plans. Virtual Visits is a way to conduct doctor or behavioral health appointments for non-emergency conditions by phone, video, or the MDLIVE app 24/7. To register for MDLIVE, go to MDLIVE.com/bcbstx and enter the information found on your ID card.
> Every 6 years, the A&M System Benefits Administration office is required to bid the insurance plans. This year, during the Request for Proposal process, a new Life Insurance carrier was selected. The Hartford will be the new carrier for FY21, however, there will be no plan changes.
> Family, group, and marriage counseling will now be covered by the A&M Care, J, and 65 Plus insurance plans.
> Beginning May 1, 2020, Dependent Life Insurance Plan B was split into Spouse Life B and Child Life B. The premium for Spouse Plan B is $1.05 and for Child Plan B is $0.32 (for one or multiple children).
> The credit hour requirements to enroll in the Graduate Student Employee Plan (Grad Plan) for voluntary graduate students will be changed from 6 to 5 hours. System Benefits Administration will conduct an eligibility audit each semester. Continuation coverage for the Grad Plan will be reduced from 6 months to 3 months. The plan will also exclude coverage for Inter-Collegiate Sports.
>The MyEvive Incentive Checklist is expanding. Flu shots, nutritional counseling, and preventive skin exams will be added as options for the two-step incentive program in FY21.
Premiums and Costs
> The employee premium for full-time employees and retirees enrolled in the A&M Care Plans will remain the same for the fifth year in a row. Part-time and graduate student employee premiums are changing slightly. Remember that if you are changing to a different age bracket for life insurance, for example, 65-70, your premium may increase. Please review the premium sheets below.
> The vision premiums are increasing slightly and include the above additional coverage.
> If adding a dependent to coverage for the first time, you should add them in the Dependents section in Workday before beginning the Open Enrollment task. This will allow you to easily add the dependent to coverages during the enrollment process. Please select the Reason for Adding which most closely represents your situation.
> If you want to enroll in or increase your Optional or Dependent Life coverage, you must provide Evidence of Insurability (E of I). If you choose your coverage and amount in Workday, you will receive a notice to wait until August 1. At that point you will receive an additional notice to return to Workday to answer your E of I questions. Once completed, it should be a short time until your E of I application is approved or denied unless additional information is needed. Your application will be approved or denied and become effective the first of the month following your receipt of notice.
> If you are an employee or retiree covering your grandchild as a dependent, you should recertify your dependent by submitting new documentation to HRConnect Legacy. Accepted grandchild documentation is a copy of the portion of your most recent income tax return that states you are claiming your grandchild as a dependent. You may redact (cross out) any proprietary information.
> If you would like to remain enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account, you must re-enroll every year.
> During a recent records audit, we determined there is no provision to name an alternate beneficiary for Dependent Life Insurance. The beneficiary is the employee or retiree, and if deceased as well, the benefit will go to the estate.
July 1 – July 31 Virtual Open Enrollment Meetings
Below you will find the morning, afternoon, and Retiree Meeting presentation schedules. If your campus or agency meeting is shown on the calendar in the AM, use the AM Presentation schedule for reference. You may join the Webex at any time during the meeting to listen to the vendor presentation for which you are most interested. Click the calendar above, and click on your campus or agency name to quickly get to the Webex meeting for your event. You may also drop off the meeting at any time. You will need the Webex information below to dial in. You may also have received this information from your benefits office via email invite. Please record this information ahead of your meeting.
Call-in Information: 1.855.282.6330 (toll free)
TAMIU: 145 341 0876
TAMUCC: 145 785 9574
TAMU-HSC: 145 382 8386
TAMU-K: 145 824 7915
TAMU (7/13): 145 609 6860
TAMU (7/14): 145 315 7150
TAMUS: 145 679 8555
AgriLife: 145 158 5324
TEEX/TFS/TTI: 145 241 9072
TEES/COE: 145 679 3032
Retiree Meeting: 145 623 6773
WTAMU:145 385 2677
PVAMU: 145 500 0676
TAMUSA: 145 440 6709
TAMUCT/TAMUT: 145 959 8925
TAMUC: 145 261 3887
Tarleton: 145 863 7222
Booklets and Premium Information
Summary Plan Descriptions FY20
Log in to Workday Help through your SSO menu to find Job Aids and ELearnings on the Open Enrollment process in Workday – Https://sso.tamus.edu