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The University of System Office is mailing out their first (1st) Benefits Bulletin to medical enrollee’s home address beginning this week, September 11, 2017 thru September 15, 2017.  If you are not enrolled in our medical plan, please click here

This document have some of the upcoming changes to medical and non-medical benefits for 2018.   We will send out Open Enrollment communication within the next four weeks.  It is vital you read the attached Benefits Bulletin.

OnLife Health Incentive 2017 - 2018

UA System Office and Onlife Health are partnering to providing you with the tools to help you make healthy choices. Employees covered by the University’s insurance can receive a reduced out of pocket maximum by meeting the wellness program guidelines. You will qualify for a reduction of $1,400.00 in your out-of-pocket maximum for individual coverage and a reduction of $2,800.00 for family coverage.   Spouses can participate in the program, but are not required to complete the steps.

 If identified as a tobacco user, participants must enroll in a Tobacco Cessation program before the November 17, 2017 deadline. 

The wellness program incentive for 2017 – 2018 only applies to employees who were enrolled in the UA medical plan as of July 31, 2017. New Employees whose medical plan coverage begins on or after August 1, 2017 are not required to participate. 

The biometric screening will be announced later for our campus.  You will receive a brochure in the mail that will not have the correct date. 

Make sure you complete steps 1, 2, and 3 below between July 1 - Sept 30, 2017 so you don’t miss out:

  1. Take your health assessment.

Answer questions about your habits and get ideas and personal wellness reports to guide you on your journey.

2.  Agree to the tobacco pledge.

Review and agree to the tobacco/ nicotine pledge when completing the health assessment.

3.  Complete your biometric screening.

Attend a screening event onsite or submit a Physician Screening Form that you complete during your doctor’s visit.


Go to  and start your healthy journey today!

Returning user:

Enter your username and password used from your last visit in the boxes located at the left side of our homepage and click LOGIN.


New users:

Click GET STARTED, located on the left side of our homepage.

Enter the requested information to verify your identity and click VERIFY. Scroll down to the bottom to agree to the User Agreement and select CONTINUE.

 Complete the required fields and select to proceed.

Need help? Call 1.877.389.0285 and press 1. Translation services are available.

New Voluntary Products - Prepaid Legal and Identity Thief

Effective July 1, 2017, the University of Arkansas System will make available to employees who are benefits eligible two new voluntary benefits.  They are LegalShield (prepaid legal) and ID Watchdog (identity theft).  These benefits will not be a payroll deducted benefit, but will be available on an individual pay basis at a large group discounted rate via bank draft/ electronic transfer thru your financial institution.

Over the next few weeks and months we will integrate LegalShield and ID Watchdog into our Benefits Fairs and Open Enrollment activities.  In the meantime, you will have the opportunity to enroll via customized websites. 

 Prepaid Legal

Ever need or wish you had advice from a lawyer? Now you can with LegalShield.

LegalShield provides advice on an unlimited number of legal topics such as:

ü  Divorce

ü  Estate management

ü  Adoption

ü  Automobile accidents

ü  And much more.

With the touch of a button you have 24/7 access to a hand selected law firm in your state.

Click play  to learn how you can worry less and live more with LegalShield.

LegalShield has arranged for you to have a special law firm available to handle your legal needs. This firm has been screened, is monitored daily, and is ready to handle your legal matters with the interest and concern you deserve. Please see the attached flyer for cost and additional information. If you have any questions about LegalShield, please call 870-295-0417 and enroll at

Identity Theft

Identity theft is at an all-time high, which is why University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is offering identity theft protection as part of your benefits package. Now is the time to be vigilant in safeguarding you and your family against the ever-growing threat of identity theft.

Can you afford to lose $9,650 and spend 330 hours repairing the damage if you are the next victim?

Beginning on July 1, 2017 ID Watchdog's identity theft protection services will be available to our employees as a voluntary benefit. With a 24/7 Customer Care Center and fully managed resolution services, this affordable benefit will guarantee security and peace of mind for you and your family.

 No one can prevent identity theft, which is why it’s important to find it fast, stop it in its tracks, and resolve any issues before it impacts your life. Select this valuable benefit during open enrollment season.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the ID Watchdog customer service hotline at (866) 513-1518.

Health Plan Changes

There will be a health premium increase effective July 1, 2017 in the amount of 2%.  This premium increase will be shared between the employee and employer.  Remember there is no fixed amount premium, premium are based on our annual salary.  Please click here for the monthly health premium for twelve month employees and click here for the monthly health premium for 9 month employees to be effective July 1, 2017.  Please click here for additional information.

For July the University’s self-funded health plan will adjust the coverage for three items which have been of concern to a number of plan participants.

  1. 3D imaging/mammography will be as a covered service.  After the first mammography of the plan year (counted as $0 preventive) the current copayments, deductibles and coinsurance will apply but 3D imaging will be a covered service.
  2.  Member responsibility for Coinsurance payments In-Network will be reduced from 30% down to 25%.
  3.  Member responsibility for deductible payments on laboratory services and laboratory testing will end.  The current office visit copayments and coinsurance will continue but deductible payments will no longer apply for lab services and lab testing.  For example, a Primary Care office visit with $100 in lab charges:

Today – The member pays a $35 copayment for the office visit and if the member’s maximum deductible has not been met, the member pays up to $100 for the lab charges, for a total payment of $135.

       July 1st – The member pays $35 for the office visit and 25% of the $100 in lab charges for a total of $60.

The coinsurance amount for labs does not count toward satisfying the annual deductible.

Additional detail on these changes will be provided in updated Summary of Benefits Coverage (SBC) documents which will be mailed to your home address by UMR and placed on your Human Resources’ website.  A SBC is a government required format for the purposes of comparing our medical plan with others. Check your mail.  Please make sure your home address is correct with UMR.

Optional Retirement Plans

The University of Arkansas is changing the lineup of available funds for Optional Retirement to meet your need.  We are updating this benefit to ensure our offering is consistent with what is considered to be the best practice in the industry. You have a new fund line-up from which you can choose to invest your U of AR Retirement Plan 403(b) and 457(b) beginning May 10, 2017.  The automatic conversion of your existing investments to the new fund line-up won't take effect until October 2, 2017. For more information, please click

Important details of this transition will be mailed to your home. Make sure you check your mailbox and review the information carefully. The following documents will be included in your mail out:

1.  Letter
2.  U of AR 403(b)/457(b) Retirement Plan Investment Option Changes
3.  Transition Brochure

For your personal needs, please schedule one-on-one counseling sessions with your retirement vendor:

Fidelity Investments


Join University of Arkansas and Fidelity for an educational web workshop, where you'll learn strategies and tips to help you manage your financial future with confidence, click here.

In July 2016 the University introduced a required employee contribution for participants in the University Retirement Plan.   Continuing the schedule, this July employees contributing at less than 2% will be increased to a required employee contribution of 2%. Each July the required employee contribution will increase by 1% until it reaches 5%.  

July 2016 through June 2017         1% employee contribution required

July 2017 through June 2018         2% employee contribution required

July 2018 through June 2019         3% employee contribution required

July 2019 through June 2020         4% employee contribution required

July 2020 and forward                     5% employee contribution required