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Most insurance companies and group health plans must provide participating members with easy-to-read summaries of common services that are covered—and some that aren’t—by the health insurance plans. It’s the law. These documents are meant to help us compare the features of different plans and can help with decisions about which health plan to choose. The Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) also has information about what we can expect to pay, if anything, for medical services and prescription drugs. Each of our health plans has an SBC on the ERS website. Consider reviewing the SBC for your health plan before Summer Enrollment.

When signing up for health insurance, a lot of us are familiar with the most common types of plans: preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). But HealthSelect of Texas is a point-of-service plan, what’s the difference?

The HealthSelect of Texas (in state) plan is a statewide point-of-service plan. A point-of-service plan provides both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but requires the designation of a primary care physician (PCP) and referrals to see specialists. In other words, your PCP should be your primary point of service for getting the care you need. Your PCP is responsible for helping direct you to the appropriate specialists for treatment and obtaining referrals for you to see those specialists. HealthSelect of Texas participants pay less out of pocket if they designate an in-network PCP and get referrals from that PCP if they need to see a specialist, such as a dermatologist or cardiologist. Using a PCP to help decide the most appropriate care helps keep plan costs in check while ensuring members get the care they need.

The Consumer Directed HealthSelect plan is a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA) and PPO network. This plan is available to people not enrolled in Medicare. The PPO network means that participants have both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but don’t have to designate a PCP or get referrals to see specialists. However, there is a high deductible that must be met each calendar year before the plan will begin to pay for any covered health services (other than preventive care) and prescription drugs. To help offset the cost of the high deductible, the University contributes funds to a HSA, which can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses.

The HealthSelect Out-of-State plan is a PPO that provides coverage outside Texas. This plan is available only to active employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents living or working outside Texas. As a PPO, this plan offers both in-network and out-of-network benefits, but does not require a PCP or referrals to see specialists.

Human Resources continues to enhance the PeopleAdmin System, and will soon launch a new module, “Performance Management,” to allow for electronic processing of staff performance evaluations. Faculty evaluations will be processed using established campus processes. UNT Dallas and UNT System Administration will launch their staff performance evaluation programs on June 1, followed by HSC on July 6. UNT will initiate their annual staff performance evaluation program later this year. The UNT Campus HR team will communicate once a timeline is established.

Employees and supervisors can access the performance management system via the employee portal:; navigate to the PeopleAdmin section and select the link for Performance Management.

Benefits of the new Performance module include:
• Transitioning to an electronic performance management system that provides automatic notifications and management of program steps
• Creating a more efficient and less manual evaluation process
• Improving employee and supervisor experiences in the evaluation process
• Maintaining a central location for storage of employee goals, position responsibilities, performance notes and evaluation results

Training for each of the UNT World organizations will be scheduled through UNT World Learning.

Email with any questions.

As departments begin to resume on-campus operations and prepare for the return of employees to the workplace, we expect that some individuals will have requests for leave or other needs related to COVID-19, and particularly those who are considered high risk as defined by the CDC.

All requests for temporary work environment or job modifications for employees in a high risk category as defined by the CDC must be facilitated through Human Resources. Employees with a modification request due to their own high risk status should submit the work modification request form to the appropriate Campus HR office. Those requests related to an underlying medical condition will also need to furnish the completed medical certification form for high risk employees to the Campus HR office. Upon receipt of the required forms, Human Resources will facilitate the request with the employee and supervisor to determine appropriate temporary modifications to enable the employee to complete the essential functions of the job while also minimizing the direct threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus in the workplace.

Please note, this process excludes those employees who are seeking reasonable accommodations due to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All disability accommodation requests will continue to follow the normal procedures. Please contact your Campus HR office with any questions related to employee leave, the high risk temporary modification request or disability accommodation processes.

Need vs Want and the 50/30/20 Budget Method

Is that case of craft brew a necessity, or a luxury?  What about that additional streaming channel, those designer mud flaps, and that second set of socket wrenches? When making financial decisions and formulating a financial plan, it’s important to know the difference between what we need and what we want.  When developing a budget, focus first on the needs – those things you have to have – while allowing for “wants” as well. Necessities should be 50% of your budget, according to the “50 (needs)/30 (wants)/20 (savings)” method – but you can still have that craft brew and fishing channel – just maybe not the mud flaps.

Advice from Nerdwallet on defining needs and wants

About that 50/30/20 budget method… from The Balance and also check out:


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Needs-vs-wants from Smart Asset

Help your kids learn this, too –  like Elmo did on Sesame Street.

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University of North Texas System Vice Chancellor for Organizational Effectiveness and Chief Human Capital Officer Barbara Abercrombie announced Wanda Boyd, UNT System Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, will additionally serve as Interim Director of Human Resources for UNT Dallas and UNT System Administration, effective immediately.

“Wanda is an experienced and trusted human resources leader who can be counted on to provide steady guidance as we navigate the many challenges of COVID-19,” Abercrombie said. “Wanda will serve as the lead HR contact for UNT Dallas and UNT System Administration on an interim basis, while continuing her important work as our lead for Title IX initiatives and Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.”

Boyd joined the UNT System Human Resources team in 2019, following 3+ years at Texas A&M University. The University of Houston graduate has worked in HR and employment relations for 25+ years, gaining rich experience in both the public and private sector that spans the full spectrum of HR and ER, with an emphasis in equity compliance.

Please note that TRS (Teacher Retirement System) will not call or email you to schedule an appointment or send you emails about scheduling appointments to “learn more about your TRS benefits.” There are scammers impersonating TRS.  If you receive such a call, notify TRS at 1.800.223.8778.  If you receive an email, report it to

To learn more about your TRS benefits, here are helpful links:

TRS Benefits on the HR Benefits page

TRS Handbook at

Or contact to schedule a retirement planning video meeting. Ready to retire? Email us to get that ball rolling. You do not have to go to Austin or meet with TRS – we will help you with your retirement and are hosting Retirement Meetings by videoconference. 


Choose to Move: Physical Activity Challenge

Through the end of the month of May, this program will include:

  • Daily physical activity recommendations and tracking
  • Weekly motivation and updates via email 
  • Snack Stretches: every Monday from 1:30 pm-1:45 pm - Learn a little about healthy snacking at home while we take a quick 15 minute afternoon stretch break together
  • Well Talk Wednesdays: every week from 11:00 am-11:30 am - Each week will focus on a new topic to help keep you and your family healthy and active while working from home
  • Family Fun Fridays: every week from 10:00 am-10:30 am - A quick 30 minute activity session that can be done with the whole family

For more information, click here.

When: UNT: June 29 – July 11

              UNT Dallas, UNTHSC, UNT System: July 6 – July 18 

What: Annual Benefits Enrollment Event--make changes to your benefit elections (health, dental, vision, life insurances; short and long term disability; TexFlex). Changes you make will be effective September 1, 2020.

Where: Online at  (watch for more info in HR Highlights, sent by email every Thursday) 

It’s time to make sure your contact information is up to date, including your address, before summer enrollment starts:

Login to your ERS account to verify your info. ERS will be mailing information out soon – make sure your address is correct!

If you have never accessed your account online, it only takes minutes to set up your login at “my account” at