Faculty Benefits Committee Minutes

November 13, 2001



Members Present:   Jackie McGill, Chuck Donbaugh, Marc Goetschalckx, John Grovenstein, Jim Higgins and Blair Funderburk.



1.  The meeting was called to order at 11:05 a.m. by Jackie McGill.  The minutes from the September 11th  meeting were approved.


A.  Dental Plan

John Grovenstein stated that there are about 1300 employees that are members of the OHS dental plan.  While a majority of those employees insured are satisfied with OHS, there have been complaints about access to an in-network dentist not being readily available.  For this reason, a preliminary search for an alternate Dental plan was made by Blair Funderburk of Brown and Brown Insurance.  While Delta Dental was the primary alternate plan discussed, Blair will do more research on some different plans of Delta Dental, OHS and other companies and report back to this committee in 2002, as it is unlikely any changes would be made before 1-1-03."

As of January 1, 2002, the dental insurance  rates are: BOR - employee $30.78, family $65.925; OHS - employee $16.86, employee +1 $36.58, family $52.90; Delta Dental (approximate) - employee $22.09, employee +1 $48.36, family $69.93.  Delta Dental out-of-network coverage is better than OHS.  About 66% of the dentists in Georgia are in the Delta Dental plan.  Delta Dental also offers a DHMO plan.


B.  On-line Open Enrollment  Model

Chuck Donbaugh stated that People Soft 7.5 will not be in use after January 1, 2002. The plan is to use People Soft 8.0 or 8.3, but they are not sure which version will be used. Chuck also stated that they do plan on having on-line open enrollment for year 2002-2003.


C.  Academic Sick Leave Policy

Our concerns about the rumored sick leave policy were passed to the Executive Board.  No further action will be taken by the Committee at this time.  Comments were made that the sick leave policy was written for hourly employees and not for academic faculty.


D.  Executive Board Concerns

Jackie McGill stated that Jean Swank (our liaison with the Executive Board) contacted her about some concerns that Ed Thomas has.  The Board is looking for input concerning ways that the Board can help the Faculty Benefits Committee.  It was made known that the Executive Board could help by way of better communications.  Jackie McGill will contact Ed to discuss the status of LTD.  Chuck Donbaugh will check on the status of the CUPA benefit survey.  He will bring a sample of classified employee salaries information to the next meeting.  Chuck stated that to be meaningful, the analysis of a salary survey should include a goal (e.g., reaching the 70th percentile).  He also said it is important to be aware of what will be done with the feedback from the survey.


2.  The next meeting will be February 5, 2002, in the ERB 1st floor conference room from 11am to 12:30 pm.


Meeting was adjourned at 12:20 pm.



Respectively submitted,


Jackie McGill