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April 14, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 15

BC Announces Health Rates, Extends Insurance Sign-Up

Boston College employees are getting a dose of good news and bad news in their health plan rates for the coming year.

The University's Benefits Office announced earlier this month that medical rates for both the Preferred Provider Organization and Health Maintenance Organization plans are increasing by 13.97 percent, the second double-digit rise in as many years.

However, employees enrolled in the Delta Premier dental plan will see their rates decrease by 7 percent, and the annual calendar year maximum benefit increase from $1,200 to $1,500.

During April, eligible employees may switch coverage from one plan to another, enroll in a medical or dental plan for the first time, or change membership from individual to family, or vice versa. The enrollment period ends on Tuesday, April 26.

In addition, the Benefits Office has announced that the enrollment period for the new long-term care insurance plan offered through John Hancock Life Insurance Co. will be extended until April 30.

Announced last month, the insurance is intended to complement the employee health care plan to provide coverage for long-term and chronic illness or injuries that regular health insurance plans are not designed to cover.

The Benefits Office ffice has scheduled another informational meeting on the insurance plan on April 20 at noon in the Cabaret Room of Vanderslice Hall.

For more information, visit the Benefits Office in More Hall 325 or call ext.2-3329.

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