New Purdue Health Plan Boots Employed Spouses

October 22, 2018

Faculty members at Purdue University are pushing the university to reconsider recent changes to health care plans, notably the decision to drop primary coverage for working spouses of Purdue employees whose own employers cover 50 percent or more of medical premiums, the Journal and Courier reported.

The Board of Trustees signed off on the change on Oct. 12 in hopes that it would help cut down university health-care costs, which have risen by more than $30 million since 2014. In addition to the changes to spousal coverage, the new health plan will require biometric testing to take full advantage of health-care savings plans, increase premiums by 6 percent, increase deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and emphasize generic prescriptions.

At a town hall this upcoming Wednesday, the faculty will ask for a stopgap measure that would allow spouses to stay on university health-care plans for a surcharge.

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