Agenda Item No.   V. B. 1. 

                                            Washburn University Board of Regents


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SUBJECT:  University Health Plan Renewal




The University=s Health Programs plan year with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas is from November 1 to November 1 each year.  For the first time in many years, there is no need for any increase in premiums.  Our rates are a direct result of the changes we implemented last year, as well as the usage our group has experienced over this rating period.  The University will continue a four tier premium schedule which, in essence, provides income adjusted family coverage based upon salary to assist lower paid staff afford family medical coverage.  The University will continue two options B a base option and a buy-up option.


The Benefits Committee, along with the Consultant, has reviewed the renewal information from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and is recommending one minor change to the existing coverage:


Current retail drug costs for Base Plan are $5 generic/$30 brand-name co-pay, or 30%, whichever is greater.  Buy-Up plan retail drug costs are $5 generic/$25 brand-name or 30% whichever is greater.  The 30% created an undue burden for many employees; therefore, it is recommended the University utilize a formulary (preferred drug) option.  The Base Plan drug costs would be $5 generic/$30 preferred brand/$60 non-preferred brand; Buy-Up drug costs would be $5 generic/$25 preferred brand/$50 non-preferred brand.












None.  The amount budgeted is adequate to fund the Health Plan at the current rates.






President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval to renew the University=s Health Plan.



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         (date)           Jerry B. Farley, President



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