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New ACOs Available to More UPlan Members

Three more Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will be added to the UPlan medical options for 2017 — Medica with Mayo Clinic Health System, Essentia ChoiceCare with Medica, and Altru & You with Medica — giving more employees the opportunity to consider whether an ACO is a good fit for them and their families. Learn more about ACOs in your area to decide if one is right for you.

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Copays Waived for the Employee Assistance Program

Are work or personal problems weighing you down and causing you stress? If so, you should know that employees and their family members who are eligible for the UPlan can get eight free sessions with a professional counselor each year through the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). And now there is no copay!

Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule an appointment, call 612-625-2820 or 888-243-5744 or email

Getting Ready for Open Enrollment

Learning more about your new options is a good way to start getting ready for Open Enrollment, which starts November 1. For 2017, the University is adding three more Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that extend the availability of ACOs far beyond the current area.

UPlan members in the ACOs report a high customer satisfaction level and good health outcomes. You’ll need to decide for yourself if an ACO will be right for you and your family. Learn more about the ACO plan options, find an ACO location near you, and read about each ACO’s unique features and services on Medica’s website to guide you in your decision.

Open Enrollment: November 1-30

Open Enrollment begins on November 1 and ends on November 30. Check back here in October for details about what benefits you can select for 2017. And if you currently have a Flexible Spending Account: Yes, you do need to re-enroll to have an account in 2017.

2017 Rates

Take a peek at the 2017 rates for your medical and dental plans:

Benefits Spotlight: LSS Financial Counseling

Having trouble stretching your funds to pay your bills? Need help figuring out a family budget? All U employees can get six free financial counseling sessions through Financial Choice, from LSS Financial Counseling. And you can even bring along your family!

Learn More About Your Benefit Options

New employees can learn about their benefit options with the 2016 Guide for UPlan Benefits Enrollment (pdf).

Questions About Your Benefits?

Call 4-UOHR (612-624-8647 or 800-756-2363) and select option 1 or send an email to