Health Care Reform Update
What does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean to you?
If you are currently covered under the UA Choice health plan or another employer or retiree plan, you will probably not notice much change because of the health care reform law. Current employees recieved a required notice in the mail telling you about the availability of the health care exchange, also called the marketplace, that will be available October 1. The marketplace is where people can shop for and enroll in coverage that will be effective January 1. A copy of the Health Care Marketplace Notice, also called the Exchange Notice, is available here.
You should know that the plans available on the exchange are not offered on a pre-tax basis, and coverage may not be as comprehensive as that offered by the University of Alaska's plans. The university does not contribute anything towards the cost of the exchange plans.
If you are not currently enrolled in a health plan, you should know that the Affordable Care Act's "Individual Mandate" could apply to you. Effective January 1, 2014, most individuals will be required to have health insurance. More information on the Individual Mandate is available here.
Below, you will find more information on the health care plans offered by the university as well as the FY14 rates.
UA Online is Always Open
To find your HSA enrollment information, go to the Employee Services menu, select Benefits and Deductions, then Flexible Spending Accounts. If the HSA is active, it will be at the top of the list. If it is not active, it will be lower on the list of accounts you have or had. You can always check your current benefit elections on UA Online
Here is some information on FY14 UA Choice plans that are effective July 1, 2013:
Benefits Guide Handbook
To download the FY13 Guide to Benefits Handbook for UA Employees, click on the icon below. The FY14 will become available soon.
Benefits at a Glance
Competitive compensation combined with excellent health care and retirement benefits make the University of Alaska one of the most desirable places to work in Alaska. Employees can take advantage of the tuition waiver program and take classes toward a degree or for professional enrichment. Check out your benefits on this site. Benefit summaries and The Handbook are useful sources to understand your benefits.
Weight Watchers has come to the University of Alaska! For more information on the programs available and costs, please, click on the Weight Watchers logo or on the tab to the left of screen.
Changes to Tuition Waiver Benefit
Please see the Tuition Waiver page for changes to the Tuition Waiver Benefit
Health Savings Account
For complete information on the Health Savings Accounts (HSA) now being offered go here.