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UC announces new medical plans for 2014

Some big changes and new choices in medical plans are coming to Open Enrollment this fall.

UC is offering a revamped menu of plans for 2014 that offers better value and clearer choices, including two new plans: Blue Shield Health Savings Plan, which features a UC-funded health savings account; and UC Care, UC’s own PPO plan that offers members access to UC doctors and hospitals.

Kaiser Permanente, Health Net Blue and Gold, Western Health Advantage and Core (administered by Blue Shield) will still be available. Four plans — Anthem Blue Cross PPO and PLUS, Anthem Lumenos with HRA and Health Net Full HMO — are being discontinued.

“The 2014 plans provide clear and distinct choices to meet our employees and retirees’ diverse and changing needs,” said Michael Baptista, executive director of Benefits Programs and Strategy. “The designs of these plans have very little overlap. Everyone can choose a plan based on what’s most important to him or her, whether that’s having predictable costs or the widest choice of doctors.”

UC employees and retirees will continue to have a broad choice of providers — including UC medical center doctors, hospitals and medical groups — and plan designs to fit their needs. And UC will continue to cover an average of over 85 percent of the cost of the premiums.

Find more details on the plans and Open Enrollment 2014 on At Your Service.

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