It’s Annual Enrollment Time!
September 15 – October 15, 2015

This is the only time of the year when participants can make changes in their insurance coverage. The only exception is for enrolled participants who have a Qualifying Event. Any changes you wish to make in the State’s benefit plans will need to be made online using the Edison system. The Benefits Administration is mailing your login and password information to your home address. Watch your mail and retain this information! Changes in coverage become effective on the January 1, 2016 and participants must remain enrolled in the selected benefit options until the next year.
During this time qualifying employees can :
  • Choose your health insurance options:
    • Choose either the Partnership PPO, Standard PPO, HealthSavings CDHP or Wellness HealthSavings CDHP
    • Select your health insurance carrier - either BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee or Cigna
    • Enroll in, cancel or transfer health insurance for yourself or your eligible dependents
  • Enroll in, cancel or transfer between dental options
  • Enroll in, cancel or transfer between vision options (EyeMed, State offering & VSP, TBR offering)
  • Enroll in or cancel optional accidental death coverage (underwriting may be required)
  • Apply for, cancel, increase or decrease optional term life coverage amounts (underwriting may be required)
  • Enroll in Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - (Click HERE for FSA Open Enrollment Information)
  • Apply for, cancel, increase or decrease long-term disability (Prudential) (underwriting may be required)
  • Apply for, cancel, increase or decrease long-term care (MedAmerica)
  • Apply for AFLAC (Click HERE for AFLAC Open Enrollment Information)
Benefit Changes for 2016
  • Health insurance premiums will increase 3.5 percent in 2016.
  • Cigna will offer the LocalPlus network in all regions and BlueCross will offer Network S in all regions.
  • The copay for convenience clinics will be lowered to the same level as a primary care visit — these facilities are often located within neighborhood drug stores and provide treatment for common, non-life-threatening conditions like minor burns and sprains, sinus infections, sore throats, skin rashes and upset stomachs.
  • The copay for urgent care facilities will be increased to the same level as a specialist visit — facilities that provide treatment for more serious illnesses and injuries, including moderately severe trauma for non-life-threatening conditions such as broken bones or deep lacerations.
  • Chiropractic coverage will be limited to 50 visits per year — additional visits are the responsibility of the member.
  • The pharmacy lower cost 90-day maintenance tier will be expanded to include medications to treat asthma, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and additional anti-hypertensives for coronary artery disease (CAD) and congestive heart failure (CHF).
  • The Prepaid Dental Plan vendor will be Cigna and the Dental Preferred Provider Organization vendor will be MetLife.

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More information and details about all of the above offerings can be found at:

The State is also offering online informational webinars this year, click below for details:

We will also be holding informational meetings as scheduled below.
(Registration is not required)

Sherrod Library, Room 309
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday, Oct. 12, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stanton-Gerber, COM, Room C017
Friday, Sept. 18, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, Sept. 25, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 2, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, Oct. 9, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

The TBR Benefits Guide is attached. This guide gives both the State and TBR benefit offering in a combined location.  Review it to assure you are making the benefit changes you desire.


You may obtain your current Benefits Statement by following the instructions outlined below.

  • Log into Goldlink
  • Go to “My Employee Info” tab
  • Under “Benefits and Deductions” select the “Benefits Statement”

Tammy S. Hamm, MBA
Director of Human Resources
Box 70564
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-5394
Fax: (423) 439-8354


What's the best thing about working at East Tennessee State University? Our people-students, faculty and staff! Our quality reputation! Our beautiful campus! Our emphasis on caring for the needs of every member of the ETSU family! ETSU is a student-centered community of learning that employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff. Our personnel are a constant source of enthusiastic service that makes us a leader in regional universities.

The Office of Human Resources is honored to present our latest
Featured Employees from the Child Study Center.

To view past featured employees, visit the Featured Employee Archive.

Human Resources is sponsoring a short video drama series illustrating Inappropriate Behavior in the Workplace and how ETSU employees can best respond to a troubling work situation.   Please view part 2 of this series which focuses on a troubling work situation involving exclusion.

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