University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

New Long-Term Care Insurance Program

The University of Minnesota has added a new long-term care insurance program to our employee benefits program. We have selected LifeSecure Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the largest BCBS organization in the United States.

2014 Summary of Benefits

The 2014 Summary of Benefits books for both the UPlan Medical Program and UPlan Dental Program are available online for your use as a reference guide for your benefits throughout the year. Take some time to become familiar with the books.

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Same-sex marraige was legalized in Minnesota on August 1, 2013, and University employees living in Minnesota and the other states where same-sex marriage is legal can cover their same-sex spouses and their dependents under the age of 26, with proof of marriage.

Note: employees who have registered their same-sex domestic partners and enrolled them for benefits will continue to have the value of those benefits taxed as income unless they marry. Same-sex domestic partner medical, dental, and life insurance coverage will not be offered after December 31, 2014, since coverage for same-sex spouses is now available. This is consistent with the benefits offerings for opposite-sex couples.

If you have any questions about your benefits, contact Employee Benefits at 612-624-8647 or 1-800-756-2363. You can also send questions via email to

Medication Therapy Management (MTM)

Participating in the Medication Therapy Management program may help improve your health outcomes and understanding of your medications when you meet with a specially trained pharmacist. Consider enrolling in MTM if you take four or more covered medications for chronic conditions.

The ACA and Your Health Insurance Options

You may have questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) the new federal health reform law, so we put together some ACA background materials to explain the important points.

For New Employees

Enroll in a Health Plan

Use the Benefits Enrollment self-service action to select your medical, dental, and optional benefit choices.

Attend New Employee Orientation

The Office of Human Resources hosts new employee orientation to help you learn more about the University community and its policies, benefits, resources, and opportunities.

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