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HEALTH BENEFITS TASK FORCE
SENDS FINAL REPORT
TO UK PRESIDENT

By Ralph Derickson

 

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The recommendation 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.

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Dec. 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.

The recommendation 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.

Thomas Samuel, a professor of health management in the School of Public Health and College of Allied Health Professions, chaired the task force

. President 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.

News media 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 ralphd@email.uky.edu .

News media who want to interview Chairman Samuel about the report and the Task Force work should also contact Ralph Derickson.


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