Beginning with the Jan.
12, 2008 pay date, OHSU will implement a new benefits calendar that shifts OHSU’s
premium contributions and employee premium deductions to the actual month of
premiums for benefits coverage are paid a month in advance. For example, the Employer
contribution and your benefits deductions from your December pay are paying for
coverage in January. Under the new calendar, OHSU will collect benefits
premiums each pay period for coverage in that pay period.
did the OHSU Benefits Council recommend this change and with did our Union agree?
Pay as You Go
will help simplify the processes for new hires and status changes, reducing
errors that negatively impact our members, including retroactive benefit
premium deductions to the month of coverage preserves funds currently being
spent on continued coverage for employees who leave OHSU, so that these funds
may be used to pay the healthcare expenses for current employees and their
families. Depending on the extent to
which this change keeps OHSU’s health care costs down, it may help to defray
future increases in employee contribution rates.
negotiated an agreement with OHSU that provides benefits for new employees on
the first of the month after 60 days of employment, rather than 90 days; a
significant improvement for new AFSCME members.
We were also
able to assure that members laid off from OHSU would receive insurance benefits
through the end of their last month of employment and then will additionally be
provided the COBRA options specified in our Contract.A Holiday From Deductions In December
A one-time benefit of
this change is that no pay deductions for benefits will take place in December
2007, as December coverage will be pre-paid in November and January coverage
will be paid in January. (Flexible spending account contributions and long-term
care payments will still be deducted in December.) Employees who receive cash
back each month will receive the same cash back amount in December as they did
in November, so that none of our members are adversely affected.
AFSCME representatives on
the OHSU Employee Benefits Council are William Barth, Philip Curtis, Diane Lovell and Frank Vehafric.