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March 30, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 14

Employee Health Plan Costs to Rise

Boston College employees enrolled in the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan and one Delta dental plan will see increases in their premiums for the next year, the Benefits Office announced.

The office recently sent out notices about the 2006-07 medical and dental plan rates, and announced the annual open enrollment period, during which employees can sign up for a health plan for the first time or switch coverage. The enrollment period ends on Tuesday, April 25.

Harvard Pilgrim rates will rise by 8 percent. The rates for BC's primary dental plan, DeltaPremier, will increase by 10 percent and the premiums for DeltaCare, the University's managed-care dental plan option, will not change. The new rates will be effective May 1.

BC employees can use Harvard Pilgrim's online service, called HPHConnect, to complete open enrollment transactions, to update personal information and to perform a number of other tasks. Simply log on to www.hphc.org, go to "For Members," HPHConnect, and follow the instructions. Paper forms may also be used by anyone who does not have computer access or who simply prefers to use a form.

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

-Stephen Gawlik

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