Employee panel will make recommendations to health trust

Group will be established to suggest additions, subtractions
By Staff

The University of Colorado Health and Wellness Trust Committee will establish a health plan design panel of employees to study and make recommendations on adding, dropping and changing elements of health and welfare benefits offered through the university's new self-funded insurance.

The committee voted to establish the panel during the committee's meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, at 1800 Grant St. The panel will be composed of:

  • At least four faculty members from the School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus, including at least one representative from the department of pediatrics and one from the department of psychiatry
  • A representative from the School of Pharmacy, AMC
  • A representative from the department of psychology at CU-Boulder
  • A representative from the School of Nursing at UCCS
  • A representative from each employer participating in the trust
  • A representative from system administration
  • Others as deemed necessary from time to time

The University Benefits Advisory Board (UBAB) on Monday submitted a list of five recommended changes to the health plan design:

  • Choices for pharmacy purchases beyond the University of Colorado Hospital mail order pharmacy.
  • Expand health care service access in Colorado Springs.
  • Add options for employees not living along the Front Range, such as faculty on sabbatical.
  • Lower deductibles for employees on the Lumenos plan.
  • Add drug coverage for appetite suppressants.

At Monday's meeting, the committee also chose HealthMedia Inc. as the vendor for health risk assessment, part of the university' wellness and prevention efforts. The subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson was one of two finalists chosen from six submitted proposals.

Though complete data on the trust's first quarter of financial reports still is being compiled, financial managers indicated that usage and budget figures are on track, and that the trust is off to a good start.

The trust's next committee meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 1800 Grant St.