The Office of Benefits

Our Mission

We are dedicated to assisting our employees and retirees with high-quality, cost-effective benefit programs in support of the mission of The University of Texas System and UT Health Science Center Houston (UTHealth).

  • New Hire benefits enrollment
  • Annual benefits enrollment
  • Mandatory Retirement (TRS or ORP)
  • Voluntary Retirement Plans
  • Retirement Counseling
  • Sick Leave Pool
  • Status Changes
  • Parking/Mobility
  • COBRA

Important Updates – Retirement Plans

I. ING U.S. announces new brand: Press release

II. MetLife Resources will no longer be a retirement provider with the UT Retirement Program after August 2012. If you currently contribute to MetLife, you will need to select one of the remaining five UT Retirement Program Providers to receive your contributions no later than August 10, 2012. Your current investments may remain with MetLife or you may transfer those investments to any of the five remaining providers.

III. On November 15, 2011, the University of Texas System introduced a new offering of mutual funds and annuity products for UT Optional Retirement Program (ORP), UT Saver Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA) and the UT Saver Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP).

The UT System worked in close partnership with the UT Retirement Program providers to develop a reduced line-up of best-of-class funds. Individual letters were mailed to each participant directly from the provider. Posted below are copies of each letter in Word or PDF format, specifying the individual funds affected and the new fund allocation going forward, along with a listing of all the contact information for each of the retirement provider representatives. Additional information, Q&A’s, and an excel spreadsheet listing all fund changes before and after the new line-up was introduced, can be found by going to: http://www.utsystem.edu/benefits/retirement/.

IV. The Internal Revenue Service has announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2013. See the chart below for further details.


Plan Limits:

2013

2012

415 annual contribution

51,000

50,000

403(b) maximum deferral

17,500

17,000

457(b) maximum deferral

17,500

17,000

457 – 3 years from retirement

35,000

34,000

Age 50 or older for 403(b) & 457
(Not included in 415 annual contr.
Or 403(b) /457 max deferral limit)

5,500

5,500

We are committed to the needs of our employees on all benefit matters. Please contact us at 713-500-3935 or email us at benefits@uth.tmc.edu.