University employees will not see a reduction in the services covered by their health plans next year.
“The University System of Georgia will still offer coverage and contributions that surpass those of the average employer,” Patricia Riley, Georgia Health Sciences University Director of Benefits/Data Management.
Maintaining the current level of coverage will require a greater investment. Premiums for university employees will rise 5.2 percent for the current PPO and HMO enrollees, Riley said. And university employees enrolled in the current high-deductible plan will see the university’s contribution to the premium decrease from 90 percent to 85 percent in addition to the 5.2 rate increase.
The premium increases are well below the national average. Health care costs are expected to rise 8.5 percent in 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute.
“Keeping health care affordable is important, and we have been able to do that. Judicious use of services combined with preventive care on the part of our employees can help the University System to manage costs further,” Riley said.
Beginning Jan. 1, the current PPO and High Deductible Healthcare Plans will be renamed. The PPO will become the Open Access POS Healthcare Plan and the High Deductible Healthcare Plan will become the HSA Open Access POS.
Open enrollment will run Oct. 24-Nov. 18 for university employees. The changes will be implemented Jan. 1.
There will be some changes for new employees.
• University employees must now work at least 30 hours a week in a regular position to become eligible for voluntary benefits. Those who work 20 to 29 hours will retain retirement and leave, but voluntary benefits will no longer be extended.
• Citing increased costs, the University System of Georgia will no longer add new HMO enrollees.
• The Consumer Choice options for all plans will cease, a move that will impact only about a dozen employees.
• Employees joining the organization will now be covered starting the first day of the month after they choose their benefits plan instead of the first day of employment.
Riley encourages employees to attend open enrollment information sessions in the Auditoria Center. “The sessions will cover the changes to the university benefits and allow employees to make informed decisions,” she said.
The university will host an open enrollment fair enabling employees to meet with vendors individually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Wellness Center.
University Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment Training
GHSU staff members will be on hand to help employees enroll for benefits during open enrollment.
Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 1151, Annex
Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 1151, Annex
GHSU Open Enrollment Information Sessions
Oct. 21 at 9 a.m., Small Auditorium
Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., Small Auditorium
Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., Lee Auditorium
Oct. 24 at 3 p.m., Lee Auditorium
Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., Lee Auditorium (retirees only)
Oct. 28 at noon, Lee Auditorium
Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., Lee Auditorium
Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., Lee Auditorium
Nov. 3 at 10 a.m., Lee Auditorium
Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., Lee Auditorium (retirees only)
Nov. 9 at 1 p.m., Lee Auditorium
Nov. 15 at 9 a.m., Lee Auditorium
Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., Lee Auditorium
Health System Open Enrollment
Medical center open enrollment began Oct. 1 and ends Nov. 1. All medical center employees must actively enroll on-line to select or decline benefit elections, whether or not they are currently enrolled in GHSMC benefits.