Speaking up, health plan savings topics of March Employee Forum meeting
Employee Forum delegates learned how to speak up, work smart and save money at the March 6 meeting.
Three presenters shared updates on items of interest to employees:
Speak Up Carolina: Kim Strom-Gottfried, the University’s director of ethics education and policy management, demonstrated the features of this online resource (https://speakup.unc.edu)intended to help Carolina community members respond more comfortably to challenging interactions. The site offers a toolkit of vignettes and responses as well as advice specific to the classroom, workplace, campus and community.
Carolina Excellence:Rick Wernoski, senior vice provost for business operations, told forum delegates that two Carolina Excellence (https://carolinaexcellence.unc.edu) pilot projects to improve hiring and procurement processes had achieved such good results (reducing time needed to hire employees and reducing the cost of processing small-dollar payments) that those projects are being implemented across campus in three cohorts.
Clear Pricing Project: Ardis Watkins, the legislative affairs director for the State Employees Association of North Carolina, a lobbying organization for state employees, explained this initiative from the State Health Plan to save $300 million for the plan and another $66 million for state employees. The initiative would base provider payments on the rates paid by Medicare plus a 77 percent profit.The plan will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, unless House Bill 184 passes and prevents the initiative from proceeding.
In other action:A resolution supporting medical coverage for transgender transition care (including hormone replacement, psychological counseling and assessment and surgical procedures) passed its first reading and will have a final vote at the forum’s April 3 meeting. To read the resolution, go to https://employeeforum.unc.edu/resolutions/resolution-19-03/.