Unemployment Insurance Administrators Program: Increasing Medicare Rate for Students, Mascot Ideas

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URBANA – Higher fees for student health insurance, a new international travel policy for students, and public commentary on Illini mascot proposals are on the University of Illinois Administrator's program.

The board meeting begins at 8 am in Union Illini, although the public part of the meeting does not start until around 9.30 am.

Chancellor Robert Jones was recently released from the country when a student in a non-binding referendum barely rejected an unofficial proposal from mascot "Alma Otter", which had become viral in recent weeks.

Jones would not bite when he was asked questions on Wednesday about this and other suggestions that came up in recent weeks, including "Field of Fighting Illini," a World War I soldier, written by the UI's second student, Mike Skibski, who will speak today in public to the directors -comments section of the meeting.

Jones stated that he had made it clear that he wished to wait until he received a recommendation from the Commission on Indigenous Imagery on the desirability of look a mascot, but also on "a proactive way to establish other traditions that would help strengthen the sense of belonging and the feeling of school". mind."

"In the meantime, I'm sure there will be other organic ideas that will reverberate over time." This just shows that there is a very keen interest in trying to fill this gap. which is perceived by many as a void, "he said.

Skibski said that "Field" would suit perfectly as a symbol, given its historical links with the Fighting Illini and the Memorial Stadium, which pays tribute to the IU elders killed during the First World War.

His father, Rich, is also scheduled to speak at today 's meeting to support the idea of ​​the alumni' s point of view. Ivan Alex Dozier, former unofficial leader, and Breelyn Fay, who spoke strongly in favor of the leader, are also on the list.

Student Health Cover

If the directors approve it, undergraduate students on the Urbana campus will pay $ 544 per semester for health insurance next year, or $ 89 more than $ 50,000. before, an increase of 20%. Graduate students would pay $ 696, compared to $ 582 this year.

Health insurance, provided by United Healthcare, is optional for students covered by their parent's plans. About 54% of Urbana's students have withdrawn this year.

Executive Vice President Barbara Wilson said the insurer had paid $ 1.09 for every dollar collected for premiums, with an increasing number of claims and an average cost for each increase. This includes increases for prescription drugs, digestive health and mental health needs.

The undergraduate rates on the campus of Urbana are the second lowest of the Big Ten, behind only Purdue, Wilson said. The graduate rate is higher because the organization of graduate employees has negotiated a leading health plan in its contract, she said. It is in the middle of Big Ten schools.

But Urbana students are also paying a mandatory health service fee of $ 238 per semester for the McKinley Health Center, which provides basic health services, counseling and generic medications without having to assume.

Rates for Chicago UI students would increase by 18%, or $ 103, to $ 673 per semester. The Chicago campus self-insures through the hospital and unemployment insurance clinics. It recorded net losses of $ 2 million in 2017 and 2018, as well as "catastrophic" cases and an increase in medical expenses, and the transgender benefit program also cost more than expected, did it? she said.

Rates on this campus have not increased since 2014 and will still be the least expensive among UI Chicago peers, she said.

Springfield UI students, who are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, would pay 63% more next year, or $ 866 per semester. The problem is the small size of the plan, with only 910 students participating this year, Wilson said. He has also had several major claims and a steady increase in mental health costs.

The health service fees for these two campuses are lower – $ 92 in Chicago and $ 80 in Springfield – for counseling and mental health services.

The university is considering whether it can combine Springfield's students with the Urbana plan, "but it will be a challenge" because of geography and other factors, said Wilson.

Rules of travel

The new travel policy, proposed after a risk management review, would require all students traveling outside of the United States as part of a course, study program to be considered. abroad or from another activity related to unemployment insurance to register their projects with the university and to take out an approved international insurance.

Students enrolled in teacher-led programs will also need to undergo mandatory orientation prior to departure and an on-site orientation in the host country upon arrival. Individual travelers and participants in third-party study programs would be strongly encouraged to participate in on-site orientation.

Graduate students who travel to do research, attend a university conference or participate in other research-related activities would be required to declare their international travel with the UI and to have subscribed approved international insurance or equivalent policies.

Faculty members and staff accompanying students traveling outside the United States should do the same and receive training on safety, security and response protocols, including on the responsibilities for the processing of medical devices. reports of sexual misconduct.

Employees traveling without students for university-related matters would be strongly encouraged to register their plans and purchase insurance.

Currently, the user interface does not require any registration for students or staff members traveling abroad, although some already do so, Wilson said.

"We had uneven information about this in the past," she said, causing anxiety about small programs such as a weeklong trip as part of A lesson.

The new policy and coordination between the three campuses will "make everyone more comfortable with the number of trips we make."