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What’s Changing and Impact

Because health care costs are increasing more quickly than any other costs, the Benefits Advisory Committee felt strongly that the design of our health care plan needs to be addressed. Rest assured this is the first of many communications you will receive about this topic in the weeks and months ahead. We want to ensure you have ample time to understand the changes and what they mean for you.

Later this year, we’re launching an education campaign that will help employees understand the best ways to manage their health care dollars—everything from tips on how to avoid the emergency room to taking advantage of a health care flexible spending account. Keep an eye on the benefits website,, to learn more.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about these changes and provide input via:

The Town Hall meetings and/or the Benefits FastFacts will help you understand the rationale for the changes and what they will mean for you in 2013. The presentations include:

  • An overview of the Benefits Advisory Committee’s work
  • Why change is necessary
  • A look at the proposed changes for 2013 and how they may impact you
  • What’s next

More Information

If you’re looking for more information, you can continue to access the “button” on the Benefits website, marked “2013 Proposed Benefit Changes.” It will be an ongoing source of information regarding 2013 benefit changes. Right now, it offers additional background and materials about these proposed changes and why they are necessary. You can find a Questions and Answers document on the 2013 changes, plus additional information about the 2011 benefits survey and the Benefits Advisory Committee.

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