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September 2022

Your Guide to Annual Enrollment: October 1-14

Annual Enrollment 2023: 10 Things You Need to Know

Annual enrollment is fast approaching! Enrollment for 2023 benefits will take place from Saturday, October 1 to Friday, October 14.

This is the time to choose insurance benefits or make changes to your benefits elections for 2023. There are many changes taking place this year. We want to ensure you have access to important information to make the best decisions for you and your family.

For most plan options, if you don’t want to make changes to your benefits, you don’t have to do anything during Annual Enrollment. If you don’t make changes, you will be enrolled in the same plan options you had the prior year.

Annual Enrollment information will be sent by email only this year. Enrollment newsletters will not be mailed to home addresses.

View Annual Enrollment Newsletter for 2023 Benefits
Log Into IRIS Web and Select “Edison” to Enroll (October 1-14)

Important changes include:

  • Health savings accounts (HSAs) funding for Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP or high deductible plan) members will increase. Funding will be $500 for the employee only tier and $1,000 for all other family tiers.

  • Deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for several plans will increase.

  • Emergency room costs for Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans will change from copay to deductible.

  • Drug costs for specialty drugs and CDHP maintenance medications are changing.

  • Benefits-eligible employees will automatically have basic term life up to 1.5 times base annual salary even if not enrolled in health insurance, up to a maximum of $50,000.00.

  • The vision vendor is changing to Eye Med. Current enrollees will be automatically transferred to the new vendor.

View all 2023 Health Benefit Updates
Questions? Email Payroll/Insurance or call 974-5251


Public Service Loan Forgiveness Reminder

UT employees who have student loans may qualify for time-limited changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Through October 31, 2022, the Department of Education will allow borrowers to receive credit for past payments made while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

Employees may send completed PSLF forms to

Find Out if You Qualify for PSLF

National Suicide Prevention Month

ERP: Learn the Language of DASH

Software systems have languages of their own – acronyms to shorten phrases, standard terms to describe processes, and technical terminology. The DASH Oracle Cloud system is no exception with acronyms like CoA, RTR, HCM and terms like Infolet and Journeys.

The DASH glossary can assist with learning terminology that is specific to the DASH system. It also includes other general terms that may come up in DASH discussions. As DASH discussions and communications expand, check this site for any terms that may be unfamiliar to you.

If you encounter terms that are not on this site, please email the Project Team to request new terms be added to the glossary.

Featured Course: Connecting Your Work to Your Purpose

Art in Our Backyard: McClung Museum

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From the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture:

“…the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply-rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead in fall 2022.

The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that honors and remembers loved ones passed with artistic sentimentality.

The exhibition presents traditional and contemporary ofrendas, or altars, displaying the dedication and evolution of the cross-cultural celebration. One-of-a-kind installations created by Knoxville community participants and artworks by local artists will be on view. The related festive events, programming, and interactive installation will enhance the visitor experience. This exhibition is largely driven by the community advisory group composed of members on and off the UT campus.”

Visit the Exhibition Through December 11

Staff Spotlight: Alyx Prather

Alyx Prather joined Human Resources August 2022 as a Recruitment Business Partner. Alyx transitions to HR from the College of Veterinary Medicine and is excited to get back into employee recruitment.

Outside of work Alyx loves all things Tennessee sports, outdoor activities such as water sports, camping, and hiking. She also loves visiting local restaurants with her husband, friends and her 2 rescue dogs.

Hobbies: reading, Tennessee sporting events, traveling and spending time with friends.

Family: Husband Landon of 6 years, Dogs Harley and Roni

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