An Overview of Healthcare Benefits in Higher Education

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A survey conducted annually by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) yielded some interesting results for 2016. For the survey, CUPA-HR collected data from colleges and universities in the US on the healthcare benefits they provide employees. Here are a few things worth noting from the Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits Survey:

  • While American colleges and universities continue to offer Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) more frequently than most, the survey noted a dramatic increase in the number of institutions offering High Deductible Health plans (HDH). Other popular plan types include Health Maintenance Organization plans (HMO) and Point of Service plans (POS).
  • Fewer institutions are providing long-term care plans. Since last year, the number of higher education institutions providing plans for long-term health has decreased by 7 percent.
  • While wellness programs have proven to be effective solutions for improving the long term health of patients, many higher education institutions lack the budgets and staff for these programs. According to the survey, the existence of wellness programs is becoming less common for employees in higher education.

At the Catholic Benefits Trust (CBT), we help higher education institutions get the results they want for their employee healthcare plans. We’re dedicated to the Catholic Church, so we can help you develop group medical plans that adhere to Catholic values. We also understand the value of quality healthcare focused on long term health and wellness. With our personal health coaches and improvement programs, your institution can defy these statistics and stand out from the majority. For institutions struggling to maintain health benefits with a decreasing budget, we can provide legal advocacy and help protect assets reserved for your employee benefits.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help your higher education institution, check out our partnership with the Franciscan University of Steubenville. You can also learn more about our member benefits by contacting us!

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