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Employees to see modest or no increase in 2014 medical plan premiums

Most University of California employees will see only small increases in monthly premiums for medical insurance next year and some people’s rates will go down, a marked departure from the pattern of price increases in recent years.

The favorable developments on 2014 rates follow an exhaustive review conducted by the Office of the President’s Human Resources department in conjunction with the Health Benefits Work Group, which has met over the past two years. The Work Group, chaired by Vice President of Human Resources Dwaine B. Duckett, was charged with keeping medical costs under control and maintaining UC’s high-quality, comprehensive benefits package.

After the review, UC decided to discontinue four of its plans because they no longer offered the right value. Instead it is offering two new plans – UC Care and Blue Shield Health Savings Plan – that control costs and are tailored specifically to the needs of faculty and staff.

Open Enrollment takes place from 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Mark your calendar now for these events, designed to help you learn more about UC’s medical plans and premiums:

  • UCOP Open Enrollment Brown Bags at Kaiser, from 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 7, in 512 Kaiser
  • UCOP Open Enrollment Fair, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room
  • UCOP Open Enrollment Brown Bags at Franklin, from 12 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Tuesday, Nov. 19, in 5320 Franklin

For more online resources, see the following:

  • See the full story about plans and premiums, which includes descriptions of the two new plans and a chart of premium rates.
  • See the Open Enrollment website for a complete list of monthly premiums for UC’s medical plans.

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