November 2003 Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the Pleasantville/Briarcliff Administrative Staff Council Meeting
The meeting was called to order at by
Approval of Minutes from September and October meetings.
PUAC (Pace University Advisory Committee) – No report since Barbara Cunningham advised that there was no meeting. Until further notice it was agreed that this Committee will be removed from the Agenda.
Faculty Council –
Service Committee – Kristina Leonard and Fran O’Gara asked for help with the
Picnic Committee – No report.
Other Committees –
Michele Russo, HR/Benefits
Discussed Open Enrollment: everyone should have already received packages in Interoffice mail. Detailed information is available on the HR web page. Changes can be made until 12/2 and if no changes are being made it is not necessary to complete forms.
Changes to Benefits plans include:
Ø Increase in co-pays for all medical plans from $10 to $15. In 2009 it will increase to $20.
Ø New 3-tier prescription plans.
Ø Cost-sharing will be implemented for individual coverage for select carriers. Based on several factors that were calculated by benefits office.
Ø Oxford HMO eliminated a physician network.
Ø Dental remains almost the same with Delta POS cost increasing for the first time in 3 years.
Ø Global Travel Assistance is now available and will be administered by Assist America (not Pace). Brochure in our packages. Covers employees if more than 100 miles from home.
Ø For anyone who contributes to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) new regulation allows Over-the-Counter drugs to be reimbursed as long as they are for medical care as prescribed by a physician (e.g. Claritin-yes, Tylenol-no). Parameters still need to be fully defined but list of reimbursable items is put out by IRS-see www.irs.gov. University is seeking to change administrator of this plan and the Commuter Reimbursement Plan.
Ø New maximum contribution for Supplemental Retirement Account is $13,000 in 2004. Expect TIAA packages soon in the mail.
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