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UT Select and Medicare

You and your dependents should enroll in Medicare Part B at age 65 or earlier if you're eligible due to a disability. When you and your dependents become eligible for Medicare, you have the option of enrolling in Part A and refusing Part B coverage. However, you must enroll in Medicare Part B to receive the maximum benefits available from your university medical plan.

In most instances, if you're eligible for Medicare and are working in a position for at least 20 hours a week, your university medical plan will be primary, and Medicare will be secondary. Medicare may be primary for some Medicare-eligible active employees with certain medical conditions. Consult with your local Social Security Administration office to learn what illnesses qualify for Medicare coverage before age 65.

If you're retired and eligible for Medicare, Medicare is your primary payer and pays your medical claims first. UT Select pays second. If you choose a doctor who accepts Medicare assignment, you won't be responsible for any difference between the billed charge and the Medicare-allowed amount.

If you decline Part B, you will have to pay a higher premium if you later reapply for Medicare coverage. Also, without Medicare Part B, you're responsible for paying any share of your and your Medicare-eligible dependents' medical claims that Medicare Part B would have paid.

To ensure that claims are correctly processed, immediately upon enrollment you should contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and report your or your dependent’s Medicare Health Insurance Claim (HIC) number and the effective dates of Medicare Parts A and B.

Medicare Coordination of Benefits

If you or your dependents are enrolled in Medicare and your doctor accepts Medicare assignment:

If your doctor does not accept Medicare assignment:

The chart below shows you how UT Select coordinates benefits with Medicare. All benefits are subject to plan limitations.

Provider accepts Medicare In-Network Provider Service Covered by Medicare Amount Medicare Pays Amount UT Select Pays* Member Pays
Yes Yes Yes 80% Medicare allowed 20% Medicare allowed 0
Yes No Yes 80% Medicare allowed 20% Medicare allowed 0
Yes Yes No 0 80%of BCBS allowed after $250 deductible or 100% after co-pay, whichever is applicable 20% of BCBS allowed after $250 deductible or 100% after co-pay, whichever is applicable
Yes Yes No 0 60% of BCBS allowed after $500 deductible $500 deductible + 40% of BCBS allowed-difference between billed charge and BCBSTX allowed
No Yes Yes 80% Medicare limiting charge 20% Medicare limiting charge after $250 deductible $500 Deductible
No No Yes 80% Medicare limiting charge 20% Medicare limiting charge after $500 deductible $500 Deductible
No Yes No 0 80% of BCBS allowed after $250 deductible or 100% after co-pay, whichever is applicable 20% of BCBS allowed after $250 deductible or 100% after co-pay, whichever is applicable
No No No 0 60% of BCBS allowed after $500 deductible $500 deductible + 40% of BCBS allowed-difference between billed charge and BCBSTX allowed

For more information on Medicare:

TRICARE Coordination of Benefits

TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for active-duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families and survivors. Survivors are eligible for TRICARE only if they are not eligible for Medicare.

If you are eligible for TRICARE, Medicare will be your primary insurance, your university insurance will be secondary, and TRICARE will be third.  If you receive services in a Veteran's Administration facility, your university insurance will assume Medicare benefits (because the Veterans Administration will not file Medicare claims), and only pay 20% of the allowed amount. Veteran's Administration facilities are reimbursed by federal dollars that will cover 80% of the charges.

Use the following resource for more information on TRICARE: