August 6, 2007
Special Health Care Edition
- Details of New
Health Care Plans Announced Today
- A Message from
- The Plan Design:
How It Works and What It Means for You
- New FSA Option
- Full Coverage
of Preventive Care
- Close-up: Employee
- Today's Special
Edition of Currents
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Special Edition of Currents
View the entire contents of today's special health care issue of Currents
online at www.rochester.edu/news/benefits.
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.
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.