President Roderick J. McDavis announced Friday that employee health-care premiums would not increase for the fiscal year beginning July 1, but that deductibles and other requirements would be added to the benefits package.
In a memo to faculty and staff, McDavis outlined benefit changes, which include the addition of a deductible, higher co-pays and co-insurance limits as well requiring employees to order maintenance drug prescriptions by mail and to purchase generic drugs when available.
Improvements include better vision, dental and mental health coverage, adoption benefits and an expansion in coverage for dependents who are full-time students to age 25 with a $50 monthly surcharge.
In other news, Director of Benefits Greg Fialko told employees Monday in a memo that Ohio University and Holzer Clinic reached a verbal one-year agreement that enables the university to maintain Holzer Clinic as a Tier 1 provider within its PPO health plan through June 30, 2010.
Tier 1 providers are preferred members of the health-care plan. Employees pay less for office visits, co-payments and co-insurance for Tier 1 providers than they do for Tier 2 providers covered under the PPO plan.
Ohio University and Holzer Clinic will continue discussions to determine if a longer arrangement is feasible, Fialko wrote.
-- From staff reports