ERIC Number: ED377746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Health Care Reform: Potential Impact on Colleges and Universities.
Hewitt Associates LLC, Lincolnshire, IL.
In order to assess the impact of proposed health care reform legislation on higher education institutions, a survey was conducted of colleges, universities, and community colleges concerning medical plan design, medical coverage for part-time employees, medical plan costs, retiree medical coverage, and the potential use of purchasing pools. The survey, mailed to 1,700 institutions, netted responses from 522 institutions. Finding highlights include the following: (1) 63 percent of colleges and universities offer indemnity medical plans; (2) 29 percent of employees are part-time, and most institutions do not subsidize medical coverage for part-time employees; (3) among private four-year and graduate institutions, 39 percent have active medical plan costs equal to 8 percent of payroll or more; (4) of two-year institutions 53 percent have costs equal to 8 percent of payroll or more; (5) 45 percent of colleges and universities subsidize retiree medical coverage; (6) in a choice between joining a purchasing pool or maintaining their own plans, the most important factor would be cost savings for 48 percent of public and 57 percent of private institutions; and (7) given the option to continue their current plan or join a pool, a majority of public and private, large and small institutions would probably maintain their own plan. A list of survey participants is included. (JB)
Descriptors: Colleges, Economic Impact, Educational Finance, Federal Legislation, Health Care Costs, Health Insurance, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Medical Services, Part Time Employment, Part Time Faculty, Personnel Policy, Private Colleges, Public Colleges, Retirement Benefits, Two Year Colleges, Universities
College and University Personnel Association, 1233 20th St., N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington Higher Education Secretariat, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hewitt Associates LLC, Lincolnshire, IL.