Annual enrollment, your once-a-year opportunity to change your MNPS benefits for the upcoming year, is November 1-30. Watch your mailbox for details.


There are several enhancements to the Cigna medical plan. Some are effective January 1; others are already available to you.


Diabetes education covered at no cost

To help employees with diabetes better manage their condition, the Cigna medical plan will now cover the following services provided by a certified diabetes educator at no cost to those who qualify:

  • Diabetes self-management education

  • Medical nutrition therapy


You simply need a referral from your primary care provider or endocrinologist to access these services. Some network providers offer telehealth options, including Vanderbilt. Call 615-259-8755 to make an appointment for one of these services.

Tele-nutrition sessions available at no cost

Ready to improve your eating habits? Effective January 1, Cigna is launching a tele-nutrition pilot program. Here are some highlights:

  • Available to Certificated Employee Health Plan enrollees age 19+ and ages 13-18 with parent or guardian supervision

  • No cost to eligible participants

  • Participants meet virtually with a registered dietitian to get personalized guidance on nutrition, food choices and pursuing a healthy lifestyle

  • Participants access the program through the Foodsmart™ digital platform and tools

  • Includes the Foodsmart marketplace for integrated online grocery purchases (through Walmart, Instacart and more), restaurant meals, and prepared foods at a discount


Watch for more details coming in December.


Cigna’s Omada® program expanding to type 2 diabetes, hypertension

Good news for employees and their family members living with type 2 diabetes or hypertension. Omada is adding two new digital lifestyle change programs:

  • Type 2 Diabetes Management Program New!

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) Management Program New!

  • Diabetes/Heart Disease Prevention Program Already available


Visit and take a one-minute screener to see if you qualify. (Note: The hyperlink in the printed FYB newsletter was incorrectly listed as The correct link is above.)


New Vanderbilt Health “Bundles”

Earlier this year we introduced our first MyHealth Bundle in partnership with Vanderbilt, called MyMaternityHealth. This program bundles all the services an expectant mother and baby need — from enrollment through delivery and 12 weeks

after delivery, all with zero out-of-pocket costs and an enhanced focus on convenience and communication.


On January 1, 2021, we will launch four additional MyHealth Bundles:

  • MyOrthoHealth: Total joint replacement of the hip and knee

  • MySpineHealth: Select spine surgeries

  • MyWeightlossHealth: Surgical weight loss

  • MyHearingHealth: Cochlear implant surgery


MyHealth Bundles are available to employees and dependents enrolled in the Certificated Employee Health Plan and feature:

  • Zero out-of-pocket costs

  • A dedicated patient navigator to guide patients through the process

  • All health care services provided by Vanderbilt Health providers (including surgery and pre- and post-operative care)


See your FYB newsletter for more details.

ID cards

You will continue to use your current Cigna medical ID card in 2021; no new cards will be issued.


Adult orthodontia now covered

The dental plan will now provide orthodontia benefits for covered children and adults. The plan will pay 50% of the cost, up to a $1,000 lifetime maximum benefit per person. See for more information.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Care FSA contribution limit increasing

You can contribute up to $2,750 to the health care FSA in 2021; this is an increase from $2,700 in 2020. You must re-enroll in the FSAs each year to keep participating.


Are you paying too much for health care or dependent care? See how much money you can save by enrolling in the FSAs.

What's new for 2021?