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SPPC Council to Vote on Health Care Recommendation May 19

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 18, 2011

Representatives to the System Personnel Policies Council (SPPC) will vote Thursday, May 19, on the health care option their constituents want to see adopted by the USNH board of trustees as it moves to reduce $2 million annually from the USNH budget.

The SPPC is made up of representatives from the PAT and OS councils on each campus and USNH’s central office; one faculty member each from Plymouth State University and Keene State College, and one from the Extension Educator Council.

The vote comes after months of gathering feedback from nonunion employees system-wide whose health care benefits are being cut to achieve the reduction that, combined with other measures, totals nearly $9 million a year.

An informational meeting was held May 12 to give employees another opportunity to voice their opinions on how the health care cuts should be made. David Proulx, interim assistant vice president for Human Resources, encouraged attendees to contact their PAT, OS, or EE council representatives prior to May 19 to let them know how they want them to vote. UNH’s SPPC representatives can be reached via email at unh.sppc@unh.edu

The board of trustees’ administrative board will take up the issue May 26.

Under the option that has the most support thus far, employees would see a reduction in the incentive paid to those who do not use UNH for their health care, from $800 to $550; the addition of a $5 to $10 co-pay for physical, speech and occupational therapy, and a $50 to $100 co-pay for high tech imaging. Designated preventative services would not have a co-pay.

Annual deductibles--$200 for an individual and $400 for a family—will be added as well with an out-of-pocket maximum of $1,500 for an individual and $3,000 for a family. The out-of-pocket maximum caps how much an employee would have to pay annually for medical services, including deductibles.

Employees will pay the cost of service until their deductible is reached. Co-pays do not count toward meeting the deductible. That means, for example, if an employee goes to the doctors three times, paying $10 for each office visit, and then needs an MRI, they would pay the first $200 of the test, not the cost less the $30 previously paid in office visit co-pays.

More information on the proposals can be found at http://www.unh.edu/hr/total-rewards-information.htm.



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