LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Delay of details complicates open enrollment

Issue: 

As a follow-up to last week's letter to the editor noting the delay in health plan rate information, to date, there are no plan documents available online except for Kaiser. Often, these documents go into greater detail and I have relied upon them in the past to more fully explain benefits.

I went to the (Monday, May 10) vendor fair at CU-Boulder and asked Anthem what the generic drug 90-day supply cost would be and they told me to call the University of Colorado Hospital mail order phone number on the description form. I tried that and could not get a phone connection. Not a good omen.

On another note, I do hope that if the university moves ahead on the self-funded health insurance option that they thoroughly and frequently vet it to employees as it develops and do not become so invested that it barrels ahead without member support.

Barry Northrop
Accounting and Business Support
University of Colorado at Boulder

Note: Plan documents, also known as evidence of coverage documents, are being reviewed by Anthem and external counsel and will be available to employees shortly (Kaiser's already is available). Summary plan descriptions, known as Colorado Health Plan Description Forms, are available for every plan.