The most recent review of the UI health benefits structure for faculty and staff was conducted in 2009-2010. Since then, a number of changes have occurred in the health care industry and in federal legislation. Within the UI environment, the most recent change is the transition of AFSCME covered Merit staff to UI self-funded health plans. Given these factors, University Human Resources (UHR) will lead a review of health plans.
The review will focus on developing our benefits philosophy, guiding principles, and a plan design that provides high-quality benefits to support recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, and is financially sustainable for the institution.
We expect the review to occur over a 12-month time period. The review will include formation of a campus stakeholder advisory group, active consultation with the Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee (FRIC), a faculty/staff survey for additional campus input, and the use of expert consultation for actuarial analysis and benefit plan design.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee Membership:
Committee Chair, Assistant Vice President for Total Rewards, University Human Resources
Chief Human Resources Officer, University Human Resources
Director of Benefits, University Human Resources
Director Financial Management and Budget and University Secretary
Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, co-chair for faculty, Professor of Finance, Tippie College of Business
Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, co-chair for staff, Administrative Services Manager, Center on Aging
Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, faculty member, Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Funded Retirement and Insurance Committee, staff member,
Assistant Director of Environmental Operations, State Hygienic Laboratory
Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, UI Health Care
Doug Van Daele
Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, UI Physician Group, UI Health Care
Campus Health Officer
Maria Guadalupe Bruno
Staff Psychologist, University Counseling Service, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Support Staff, Office of Student Financial Aid, Merit staff member
Clerk IV, Engineering Services, UI Health Care, Merit Staff Member
Barbara Van Gorp
Clinical Specialist, Rehabilitation Therapies, UI Health Care, SEIU staff member
Advisory Group Support
Office of Strategic Communications
University Human Resources
As part of the review process, a fall 2018 survey will be administered to benefits eligible faculty and staff to gain insight into the value they place on their health benefits package and to establish their priorities for health benefits.
Health benefit structures are complex and must consider many factors, including the population being insured, utilization patterns of that population, compliance requirements, and legal aspects. To assist with the review process, the university will be working with the human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt, which will provide expert third-party analysis of the university’s health benefit structure and plan design.
Aon Hewitt will provide actuarial review, collect peer benchmarking comparison data, and assure compliance with all required regulations relative to review and recommendations. These recommendations will align with the benefit philosophy, and the guiding principles provided by the advisory committee. The university has previously worked with the firm on projects related to benefits administration.
|November 2017||Initiate Review|
|Spring 2018||Develop survey and review benchmarking|
|Summer 2018||Review actuarial models|
|Fall 2018||Conduct faculty / staff survey|
|Spring 2019||Discuss and submit final recommendations|
If recommendations call for change, the earliest implementation would be plan year 2020.
* This timeline was updated April 20, 2018.