The System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee met for the second time during FY21 on February 9, 2021. The current state of the benefits plans was discussed. Below are some highlights from the meeting:

  • Medical plan enrollment increased slightly. There are currently 55,578 covered employees, retirees, and dependents enrolled in the A&M Care Plans compared to 54,293 in FY20.
  • As of December 2020, total paid claims for the health plan are slightly higher than at the same time during FY20 at $76.6M.
  • Dental PPO plan participation remains high with 44,001 covered employees, retirees, and dependents.
  • Over 8,500 employees and dependents completed their two-step wellness incentive program for FY21. The deadline to complete the program is June 30!
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas reported that cancer continues to be the System’s highest diagnostic category followed by musculoskeletal and circulatory conditions, but that per member, per month costs for cancer and musculoskeletal were down this year. This could be attributed to avoidance of care due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will become clearer in the coming months.
  • Hypertension and diabetes remain the A&M System’s most prevalent chronic conditions. Livongo and Omada, services that target these chronic conditions, launched in September 2020.

The SEBAC election process will begin for the next two-year term in April.