Open enrollment continues through end of month

October 17, 2012 | UToday
By Kim Goodin

Open enrollment for 2013 health benefits continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

As with last year, enrollment is being conducted entirely online. The only hard copy being accepted is required documentation, such as spousal/domestic partner health-care eligibility affidavits (only if your spouse is employed outside of UT), birth certificates and marriage certificates.

As a reminder, spousal affidavit and adult child information must be completed at this time each year. This also is the time each year when medical and dependent care flexible spending account and health savings account information must be elected for the next calendar year.

“Many employees have already completed the process and returned their documentation,” said Denise Shordt, senior benefits adviser in Human Resources and Talent Development. “Feedback regarding the ease of the process and its convenience has been quite positive.”

Eligible employees should go to an open enrollment link on the myUT portal on UT’s internal website. A series of prompts will lead each employee through the process. Employees must have their user names and passwords activated before they can enter the portal.

Shordt encourages employees to review their current benefit information, whether changing selections or not.

Details regarding each health-care plan, as well as support information, is available on HR’s website at An explanatory presentation is available on the HR open enrollment website.

Computers will be available for employee access in HR’s offices on Health Science Campus (Facilities Support Building) and Main Campus (Transportation Center) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, benefits specialists will be available with computers from 1 to 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Human Resources and Talent Development receptionist office located in the Transportation Center on Main Campus and from 1 to 3 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Four Seasons Bistro on Health Science Campus.

Employees who require personal assistance with online enrollment are encouraged to email

Open enrollment ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. New benefits selections will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

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