Annual Transfer/Open Enrollment for 2014 Insurance changes

The annual transfer/open enrollment period for 2014 benefits is October 1 through November 1, 2013.  Beginning with this enrollment period, all eligible employees and dependents can enroll in health insurance each fall.  There will no longer be a monthly late applicant fee.  The options you choose during the enrollment period are effective January 1 – December 31, 2014, unless you lose eligibility or have a qualifying event or family status change during the year. Subject to eligibility, during this time you can:

  • Add, cancel, or transfer health insurance option and/or carrier
  • Add, cancel, or transfer dental options
  • Add, cancel, or transfer vision options
  • Enroll in optional accident coverage
  • Enroll in, decrease, or increase optional term life coverage

You must make changes to your coverage, except optional term life, online using employee self-service in Edison.  The State of Tennessee will no longer accept paper forms for health, dental, or vision enrollment or changes. For more information, view the Edison ESS instructions. Your user ID/password were mailed to your home address. If you did not receive the User ID and password or are having trouble logging in, please call Benefits Administration at 1-800-253-9981, option 3.

To enroll or makes changes to optional term life insurance, you must use the Minnesota Life website. Please have your Edison ID number ready. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, or you would like assistance with your enrollment, please contact Minnesota Life at 1-866-881-0631 from 7 am to 6 pm, Central Time.

If you are happy with your current benefit selections, no action is required to remain enrolled in coverage. If you are currently enrolled and choose to stay in the Partnership PPO, you (and your covered spouse) are automatically agreeing to fulfill the 2014 Partnership Promise.

Read the updated Q & A  and visit the ParTNers for Health website to learn more.


New Employee Self Service features available

Employee Self Service has several new features available to all university employees (regular, term and student).  An employee does not have to be an IRIS user. The new features are:

  • Home Address Update – You may change your home address and you may add up to 4 additional telephone numbers for fax numbers, cell numbers, and alternate telephone numbers. You may also change your disclosure declaration limiting how much information is published within the University. Each time you make a change on this screen you will receive an email notification that your information has been changed.
  • Office Address Update - You may change your office telephone number and add up to 4 additional telephone numbers for fax numbers, cell numbers, and alternate telephone numbers. You may also change your disclosure declaration limiting how much information is published within the University.
  • IRS Form W-4 Update – This screen allows you to change the tax withholding declarations used by the payroll system when calculating your federal income tax withholding. For example, if you get married or you want an additional amount withheld you may want to change your current declaration. Each time you make a change on this screen you will receive an email notification that your information has been changed.
  • Personal Data Update – This allows you to create or change the race, ethnicity, and veteran status you have declared for yourself.
  • Education/Degrees Display – This display has been enhanced to show all known degrees you have received. Previously only the most recent degree was shown.

To access these and all other features of Employee Self Service, please use Firefox. You may experience difficulties when using Internet Explorer 10.

  1. Visit https://irisweb.tennessee.edu using your NETID and password when prompted
  2. Click on the Employee Self-Service Tab
  3. Select the desired feature

For questions or additional information, please contact the IRIS Help Desk at irishelpdesk@tennessee.edu


Free Flu and Pneumococcal Vaccine 2013-2014

Employees participating in the Partnership PPO and the Standard PPO may get a free flu shot and/or pneumococcal vaccine by either: presenting your Caremark care at a participating network pharmacy or presenting your health insurance card (Blue Cross/Blue Shield or CIGNA) at your in-network doctor’s office.  Read MORE…


Faculty and Staff Achievements Summer 2013

Jooyong Ahn, Professor of Conducting, Music

Guest conducted three youth orchestras in San Isidro, Dolores and Chascomus youth orchestras in Argentina, March 2013. These orchestras are part of well known “el sistema” program which started in Venezuela early 1970s.

Taught several master classes to Kyungpook National University and the gifted students of Daegu Center for Students in Daegu, South Korea July, 2013.


Some local providers dropped from Blue Cross Network “S” after October 1, 2013

We have recently been informed by Blue Cross Blue Shield that the following local providers will no longer be in the BlueCross Network S after October 1, 2013:
 
Chattanooga Surgery Center
Parkridge Medical Center
Parkridge East Hospital (East Ridge)
 
Note:  Parkridge Valley Hospital is NOT affected.  Also not all physician groups housed in Parkridge are affected; please check with BCBST Member Services for inquiries about individual physicians and Physician groups.
 
Blue Cross Network S continues to include providers at Erlanger and Memorial.
 
Your health plan allows you to choose any provider for care; however, you will get the most value from your health plan by using providers in network.
 
If you have questions or need assistance finding in-network providers, contact BCBST Member Service Department at 1-800-558-6213, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5:15 PM.
 
BCBST can also help coordinate your care for future treatments, hospital stays or surgeries, for which please call BCBST Member Service Department.

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