1, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The
University of Kentucky Health Benefits Task Force
has delivered its final report and recommendations
to UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. today Among other
things, the report calls for UK to substantially increase
the university's contribution to faculty and staff
health insurance programs with a goal of funding 90
percent of both single and family health coverage
in five years.
was made based on a finding that the median level
of funding for family and dependent coverage for the
university's benchmark institutions was 89 percent.
The university's current contribution to family coverage
is about 33 percent.
Samuel, a professor of health management in the School
of Public Health and College of Allied Health Professions,
chaired the task force
Todd appointed the Health Benefits Task force the
first week in July as one of his first official acts
as UK president in response to the controversy that
followed the announcement of substantial increases
in the costs of health insurance programs this year,
particularly the UK HMO coverage.
who would like an electronic copy of the report and
the accompanying letter to President Todd or a printed
copy should contact Ralph Derickson at (859) 257-1754,
or firstname.lastname@example.org .
who want to interview Chairman Samuel about the report
and the Task Force work should also contact Ralph