Benefits complement pay and provide assistance to our employees through any stage of their life. Benefits we offer include affordable medical, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending plans, generous paid time off for staff, disability, employee assistance program, life insurance and superb retirement savings plans options.
UA strives to build an environment that supports the health and safety of our employees by providing other benefits for our employees that include discounts from local restaurants and businesses, carpooling programs, wellness programs and a Faculty – Staff Clinic at The University Medical Center. These benefits add value to employees’ total compensation and provide convenient opportunities for the well-being of UA faculty, staff and retirees.
Health Plan Dependent Audit
Since the University health plan is self-insured, all employees bear the burden of medical claims incurred by any individual covered by the plan. As part of our ongoing effort to control costs, the University has engaged Willis Towers Watson, a benefits consulting firm, to conduct a dependent eligibility audit to confirm that all dependents currently enrolled in the health plan are eligible for coverage. This step is being taken to eliminate claims costs for ineligible dependents, allowing the University to continue to provide a comprehensive and affordable plan to eligible employees and dependents.
During the third week of January, employees hired prior to Jan. 1, 2011, who currently have dependents enrolled in the health plan, will be receiving correspondence from Willis Towers Watson outlining the dependent audit steps. While providing the dependent documentation may be burdensome for some, it is critical that all impacted employees respond in a timely manner. Identifying ineligible dependents will reduce health plan costs and enable the University to better maintain the benefit levels the plan provides.
You can review the dependent eligibility definitions and documentation requirements at http://hr.ua.edu/benefits-eligibility-details#1.
Teachers Retirement System News
- For articles about RSA’s low investment cost and how to feather your retirement nest, read the January Advisor.
- Register now for a Retirement Preparation Seminar Tier 1 only. Dates have been released for 2017.
- For members not eligible for a Retirement Preparation Seminar, register for a Mid-Career Seminar called “Control Your Money Game.”
- The Regular Session starts on February 7. Stay abreast of bills affecting your retirement and healthcare benefits at the Alabama Legislature website and RSA Legislation webpage.
- Plan a spring getaway or a weekend around Valentine’s Day at the RSA hotel member discount webpage.
Important IRS Requirements
Employees will be receiving emails from the HR Service Center notifying them that the University is missing Social Security Numbers for dependent(s) with health care coverage through the University. The request is legitimate and is resulting from IRS regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
If you receive such an email, click on the UA-BENEFITFOCUS “Log In Here” button above to log in to our secure website and enter the Social Security Number(s) of all dependents who are on our health plans. Please also take this time to verify and update birthdates and any other demographic information of your dependents.
If you have questions, please contact the HR Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 348-7732.
Plant the Seeds for a More Secure Future. Enroll in the RSA-1 Deferred Compensation Plan now! RSA-1 allows Alabama public employees to make easy and flexible tax-deferred contributions toward their retirement. By contributing, you can lower your taxes now and save for a better retirement later.