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IU Faculty Council Endorses Health Plan Changes

The Indiana University Faculty Council has endorsed a report which says changes to the school’s health care plan could engender distrust among employees.

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Members of IU's Faculty Council are endorsing a report that shows changes to the University's health care plan could engender distrust among employees.

The Indiana University Faculty Council has endorsed a report which says changes to the school’s health care plan could engender distrust among faculty and staff…

Whenever you have a big discrepancy in what people pay for the service like health care, it is going to create some conflict,”  said psychology professor, Jim Sherman.

Sherman, who presented the report, says a major concern is that some important aspects have been omitted.

“At a broad level, there was little in the plan that was geared toward being positive towards improving health behavior that health practice, like reducing stress, making health food available on campus, giving people easier and accessible to exercise facilities,” said Sherman.

The resolution proposes adopting a procedure where IU employees will be informed of biometric data gathered from a doctor’s visit, without that data becoming available to the University.  In addition, the report recommends forestalling an increase in employee health care premiums and creating a committee to decide the future of any changes to IU’s health plan.  The Faculty Council unanimously voted to adopt the report’s recommendations.

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