ARTICLE 22: HEALTH INSURANCE

Section 1. The parties recognize that during the 2014-2015 academic year, GAs in the bargaining unit, together with substantially all other graduate students at the University, were required to have health insurance and were offered the opportunity to participate in a student health insurance plan provided by the University. The University subsidized the cost of such health insurance for GAs by paying a portion of the full cost of such health insurance so that the resulting cost borne by the GA for such insurance coverage was: (a) for an individual GA, $200 annually, $75 for fall semester only, or $125 for spring semester only; (b) for one dependent of the GA, in addition to the charge for the GA, $1,240 annually, $465 for fall semester only, or $775 for spring semester only; (c) for family (two or more dependents) of the GA, in addition to the charge for the GA, $1,622 annually, $608 for fall semester only, or $1,014 for spring semester only.

Section 2. Contingent upon legislative authorization and the agreement of the Comptroller and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), commencing with the 2015-2016 academic year the University shall provide GAs with health insurance under the Connecticut Partnership Plan without the Health Enhancement Program (HEP). For such coverage for an individual GA, the GA will pay $200; for such coverage for the GA and one dependent, the GA will pay $1,440; and for such coverage for the GA and family, the GA will pay $1,822.

Section 3. In the event the Comptroller or OPM does not authorize the University to provide health insurance to GAs under the Connecticut Partnership Plan, commencing with the 2015-2016 academic year the University will offer GAs the opportunity to participate in a student health insurance plan provided by the University through a third-party insurer or through self-insurance with coverage and benefits reasonably equivalent to those of the Connecticut Partnership Plan without HEP. For such coverage for an individual GA, the GA will pay $200 and the University will pay the remainder of the cost of coverage; for such coverage for the GA and one dependent, – 19 – the GA will pay $1,440 and the University will pay the remainder of the cost of coverage; and for such coverage for the GA and family, the GA will pay $1,822 and the University will pay the remainder of the cost of coverage.

Section 4. The Union-Management Committee may consider issues concerning health insurance and its administration and make such recommendations as the Committee determines to be appropriate.

Section 5. The parties agree: (1) that the provision of health insurance to GAs by means of the Partnership Plan pursuant to this article does not constitute providing GAs with state employee pension or healthcare benefits within the meaning of paragraph 3(c) of the neutrality agreement executed by the UAW and UConn on April 9, 2014 and April 11, 2014 respectively; and (2) that nothing in this Agreement makes the bargaining unit of GAs part of the SEBAC Coalition nor does it entitle them to state employee pension or healthcare benefits.