DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL

RECOMMENDATION ON 1998-1999

MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN ALTERNATIVES

Sue A. Greninger (Human Ecology), Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council a recommendation from the Faculty Welfare Committee on the availability of information about the 1998-1999 medical insurance plan alternatives set forth below. The Secretary classified this recommendation as general legislation. The 10-day circulation rule for general legislation will be satisfied on April 20, 1998.

Notice is hereby given that this legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on April 20, 1998.

John R. Durbin, Secretary

The Faculty Council

Distributed to members of the Faculty Council on April 10, 1998.

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RECOMMENDATION ON 1998-1999

MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN ALTERNATIVES

The Faculty Welfare Committee makes the recommendation set forth below:

RECOMMENDATION:

That the University of Texas System provide complete, understandable, and easily accessible information about the 1998-1999 medical insurance plan alternatives approved by the University of Texas Board of Regents to faculty members via its internet website no later than May 18, 1998 . This information should (1) compare alternatives on the basis of premium costs, potential out-of-pocket costs, coverage, exclusions, limitations, (2) provide an up-to-date listing of available service delivery agents including hospitals, clinics, physicians, and pharmacies by plan alternative, and (3) provide information regarding the levels of approved premium sharing.

RATIONALE:

Medical insurance coverage is critical to the well-being of faculty members, and the time required to fully assess the complexity of available choices has lengthened during recent enrollment periods. In order for faculty members, particularly those who will be leaving the Austin area for the summer, to have adequate time to review, deliberate, and choose the most appropriate medical insurance plan for themselves and their dependents, complete comparison information is needed in an easily accessible and timely manner. Given that the Board of Regents will not approve the contracts of service deliverers until May 13 or May 14, 1998, and the selected deliverers will not want to incur the cost of printing their own materials until after the Board has approved their contracts, the Faculty Welfare Committee believes that the University of Texas System's Employee Group Insurance Office is the only source that could disseminate useful, timely information to faculty members before many leave campus at the end of the Spring Semester. Because personnel in the System's Employee Group Insurance Office will have developed and provided comparison information to the Board for its consideration in approving the contracts, the Faculty Welfare Committee believes that appropriately-edited comparison material could be placed on the University of Texas System's website by May 18, 1998, for faculty use. Copies of the website information could be disseminated by the University of Texas at Austin's Employee Benefits Office to those who do not readily have internet access.