Friday, April 25, 2008

Health Plan to include vision, improve paramedicals

Results in the referendum regarding the health plan are in:

261 ballots were cast, representing 10.4% of graduate students and meeting the test of 5% for quorum.

The winning option was to increase the health plan cost by $3.67 per month (to $255 per year) and increase coverage as follows: the health plan will now include vision coverage (for lenses) of up to $200 every two years, and to increase paramedical coverage to 100%, while maintaining the 10$ deductible per visit.

Distribution of votes was as follows: $44.04 per year ($3.67 per month).

Option A: Maintain current premium withe lower coverage: 51 votes (20%)
Option B: Increase paramedical coverage to 100% while maintaining 10$ deductible per visit: 32 votes (12%).
Option C: Add vision coverage of up to $200 ever two years: 60 votes (23%)
**Option D: Combine options B and C: 118 votes (45%)

Health and Dental Plan information is available here:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Referendum on Health and Dental Plan

Going to the polls... again. (This is it, I swear!)

Grad students will have the opportunity to vote on the coverage and cost of the GSS extended health and dental plans on April 22, 23, and 24th 2008.

The referendum will ask you to choose between the following options:
  1. Keep premium at current level with benefit reductions.
  2. Increase paramedical coverage to 100%, with $10 co-pay ($230/year, $19.17/month, an increase of $1.58/month
  3. Add vision coverage of up to $200 every 2 years ($245/year, $20.42/month, an increase of $2.83/month)
  4. Combine options B and C ($255/year, $21.25/month, an increase of $3.67/month)
Choice with the highest number of votes will be selected.

You will be able to vote on webvote and also by paper ballot at the GSS office.

Info on the referendum is here:

Info on the health and dental plan is here:

Worth a look