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Benefits

Health Care

Generally, employees can choose between two A&M care plans (PPO's) and FirstCare West Texas (HMO).

Under the A&M care plans, you may use any doctor, hospital or other provider and receive benefits. However, you receive higher benefits if you use a provider in the plan's network. The A&M care plans are administered by BlueCross BlueShield of Texas.

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas A&M Care Plan 866-295-1212
Express Scripts
A&M Care Plan Prescription Drug Program  866-544-6970
EyeMed A&M Vision Care
866-939-3633

Other Benefits

Dental Insurance
The A&M Dental plan is designed to ensure that you receive good preventive care. The plan covers four types of care: Preventive (checkups, cleanings); Basic (fillings, root canals, extractions, endodontics); Major (crowns, dentures); and Orthodontics (braces). The plan has a schedule that lists your share of the cost of each dental service.

Vision
Provides coverage for eye exams, eyeglass frames and lenses, and contact lenses as well as discounts on some eye surgeries.


Wellness Incentive

The Texas A&M University System recognizes the importance of fostering employee wellness.  The Chancellor's Wellness Initiative includes a two-pronged approach:  incenting employees to have an annual wellness exam with their physician and engaging employees in healthy behaviors through campus- and agency-based programs encouraging wellness.
Upon completion of the wellness exam incentive, employees will be eligible for the lower wellness premium rate on health insurance premiums for the upcoming benefit plan year.

 

Highlights of the Wellness Exam Incentive:

  • Have a wellness exam between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 for FY 2016 If exam is taken during this timeframe it will count for FY 15 and FY 16 premiums.
  • Applies to employees AND covered spouses enrolled in the A&M Care Plan
  • A premium differential of $30 per month will be added to the premium for each individual (you and your spouse) who does not complete the wellness exam incentive by the June 30, 2014 deadline
  • Retirees will automatically receive the lower premium
  • BlueCross BlueShield will record the incentive completion through the claims payment process
  • You can verify your completion status for the wellness exam incentive on BlueCross BlueShield Access for Members (BAM) website.  The "Wellness Incentive Credit - Blue Cross Website" illustrates how to use the BCBS website to find out whether or not wellness credit has been applied

You may also contact BlueCross BlueShield member services (866) 295-1212 if you believe you have completed the exam incentive, but the information is not reflected in your BAM account. 

The "Wellness Incentive Tips" includes a form that can be presented to your medical provider to explain the wellness incentive and what types of services will count toward the incentive. 

In addition, the "Wellness Incentive Q&A" provides answers to many questions regarding the wellness incentive.  If you have any questions about the wellness initiative, please feel free to contact either Patti Patterson, at extension 2117 or Harvey Hudspeth at extension 2116.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider is Deer Oaks EAP Services.  They provide the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Services for all employees and dependents of the West Texas A&M University.  The EAP benefits covers 5 confidential short-term counseling visits and is at no cost to employees and their families.  WTA&MU has pre-paid for this benefit for all employees and their dependents.  The EAP benefit is not only free to all employees and their dependants, but it is also confidential.  Clinicians are well versed in helping clients of all ages, from young children up to the elderly.  The EAP can assist with many different types of problems including:  stress, depression, anxiety, workplace difficulties, substance abuse, marital problems, family or parenting conflicts, grief, violence & unhealthy liestyles, childcare & eldercare resources w/referrals, financial & legal issues, interactive online simple will, ID monitoring & recovery, retiree assistance. Employees, see how Deer Oaks can help you.  Supervisors, see information for your employees. Online tools are available at:  www.deeroaks.com (login and password are wtamu).

A second benefit Deer Oaks provides are monthly newsletters both for Employees and Supervisors.  Topics change on a monthly basis and are informative and enjoyable.

 

Life Insurance

Pays benefits to your beneficiaries if you die or to you if a covered family member dies. Three plans are offered - Basic Life, Optional Life and Dependent Life. Basic Life provides you with $7,500 in life insurance, $5,000 in AD&D coverage and $5,000 in life insurance on your eligible dependent children. If you have system health coverage, you are automatically covered by Basic Life. Optional Life allows you to choose coverage of up to six times your annualized salary up to a maximum coverage of $1,000,000. Dependent Life allows you to cover your spouse and/or children. (Plans with varying coverage amounts are available.)

Optional Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D)
Provides benefits in the event of an accidental injury that results in the death or dismemberment of a covered person.

Long-Term Disability
Provides income if you cannot work due to a disability.

Spending Accounts
Allow you to set money aside to use to reimburse yourself for health care and/or dependent day care expenses. You never pay federal income or Social Security taxes on this money. When you have health or day care expenses, you can pay yourself back from your accounts with before-tax dollars.

Delta Dental   800-336-8264
HealthHub Spending Accounts 800-359-3921
GMS Global Mobility Solutions  Relocation Network 800-617-1904 x 8850

Downloads

2014-15 Annual Enrollment Booklet for Employees
2014-15 Annual Enrollment Booklet for Retirees
A&M Care Plan (BCBS) Description Booklet
A&M Dental Plan Description Booklet
Flexible Spending Accounts Plan Description Booklet
HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices
Life Insurance Plan Description Booklet
Long-Term Disability Plan Description Booklet
Optional AD&D Plan Description Booklet
Vision Plan Description Booklet