University of Rochester

@Rochester — August 6, 2007
Special Health Care Edition

In This Issue

  • Details of New Health Care Plans Announced Today
  • A Message from President Seligman
  • The Plan Design: How It Works and What It Means for You
  • New FSA Option
  • Full Coverage of Preventive Care
  • Close-up: Employee Examples
  • Today's Special Edition of Currents


Details of New Health Care Plans Announced
The University is adopting four new health care plans effective January 2008. Details about the plans are being announced today in special editions of @Rochester and Currents. The new plans, based on recommendations made by the task force appointed by President Seligman in January 2007, are designed to offer affordable, competitive health care, to distribute the cost of health care more equitably among employees, and to promote healthy habits.

A Message from President Seligman
President Seligman announced today that he is adopting all of the recommendations made by the Task Force on Employee Health Care Plans. "These recommendations will become effective January 1, 2008. Each of our 12,000 employees who currently is covered by one of our health insurance plans will need to choose a new plan to become effective on that date. I encourage all covered employees to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about your health care choices through careful review of Open Enrollment kits that will be mailed to your homes in September or October, attending subsequent open information meetings, and using a new Health Care Plan Cost Estimator that will allow each of you to see how each plan fits your individual circumstances."

The Plan Design: How It Works and What It Means for You
Take a closer look at the four plans, and learn more about how Preferred Provider Organizations or PPOs work.

New FSA Options
Under the new plans, there are a few options that allow you to save money from your gross pay (before taxes) in special accounts to pay for health care expenses not covered by insurance.

Full Coverage of Preventive Care
All four of the new University health care plans pay 100 percent (in-network) of nationally recognized services for preventive care, including well-baby/child visits, physicals, immunizations, mammograms, and more
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Today's Special Edition of Currents
View the entire contents of today's special health care issue of Currents online at Print copies are being distributed on all University campuses and are available at the Benefits Office, Room G-8011, Medical Center, and at the Office of Communications, 147 Wallis Hall, River Campus. Look for updates this fall in mailings to employees' homes, in @Rochester, and in upcoming issues of Currents.


The University Health Care Plans described in this issue are available to regular full-time and part-time University of Rochester faculty and staff. They also are available to retirees age 55 to 64. Individuals represented by collective bargaining agreements receive benefits in accordance with those agreements.


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