University Benefits Committee
Meeting Minutes  - April 17, 2003
Approved September 11, 2003

Present:     Lynette Chandler, Virginia Cassidy, Abby Chemers, Dennis Davito, Ray Foster, Deborah Haliczer, Jim Lockard, Mary Munroe and Jerry Zar

I.     CALL TO ORDER

        The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m.

II.     ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

        The proposed agenda was approved.

III.   APPROVAL OF DECEMBER MINUTES

        The minutes were approved as amended.

IV.    NEW BUSINESS

        SURS Board
        House Bill 3511 contains a comprehensive restructuring of State boards and commissions, including SURS. This is a big concern as the current Board has
        been doing a good job and a totally new Board would offer no continuity.

        Concern About Premium Increases
        The new insurance premiums effective July 1, 2003, are still unknown.  HRS expects that they will learn the new premium rates on April 29 when they attend
        training in Springfield.  The Humana HMO and POS options are being eliminated.  HRS is notifying employees who are currently enrolled in one of these plans.

        Magellan Bankruptcy
        Providers providing services under Magellan received a letter saying that Magellan filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  These providers will be paid by the State of
        Illinois as Magellan just administered the benefits.  Payments to providers are being processed slowly by the State.

        Services outside of the Magellan network are still available; however, the rates are less favorable.  At this time, it is unknown if Magellan will be the
        administrator for the next fiscal year.

        Chair and Secretary for Next Year
        This is the last official meeting of the year.  New board members start on August 16.  We need someone to convene next year’s meeting as the chair is serving
        her last term.  The committee appointed Mary and Abby as an executive committee in case there are issues during the summer and to set up August’s meeting.

        The committee unanimously thanked Mary for her participation on the committee and for serving as chair.

V.     OLD BUSINESS

        None

VI.    INSURANCE AND BENEFITS OFFICE UPDATE

•    There has been a noticeable problem with the frequency of errors in claims processed by CIGNA.  CMS has presented cases to CIGNA but the
      process is slow, especially given that CMS just lost 60 employees in their Insurance area.  Even so, the universities are still collecting cases and
      passing them to CMS.  The goal is for CMS to get CIGNA to address the processing problems.
•    The state is paying bills very slowly.
•    There are all sorts of complications for persons that have Medicare as their primary provider and CMS as the secondary provider.
•    HRS will be offering a workshop on ADA and FMLA benefits.
VII.  ADJOURN

        The meeting adjourned at 10:50 a.m.

NEXT MEETING:  September 11, 2003, Founders Library, Room 55 at 10:00 a.m.