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Update benefits with changes in family

If you’ve had a recent change in your family, your insurance and retirement benefits might need alteration as well.   Marriage, divorce, new children and children no longer eligible for coverage could make an adjustment timely.   To add new eligible dependents, you must send a completed Employee Enrollment/Change form and appropriate dependent certification form(s), […]

Extending insurance to children in college

Employees with children due to graduate or going off to college in the fall may want to assess the medical/dental coverage of these dependents under WSU’s insurance plans. Dependent children are eligible to continue coverage under the employee plans through age 19. A dependent age 20-23 is eligible to continue coverage if he or she […]

Car crashes up for state workers

The number of car accidents involving state employees on duty spiked last year, records show, prompting a phaseout of some vans and efforts to get drivers to stay focused on the road. WSU made that list with 28 accidents in 2006. There were 361 incidents last year – 86 more than in 2005, records show. […]

Medical insurance plans don’t cover everything

WSU employees have various medical plans available to choose from, but plan subscribers may be surprised by some of the services that are not covered. The state requires that medical insurance providers cover some aspects of care. Certain procedures, such as prostate cancer screening and mammograms, are required to be covered if recommended by a […]

Benefits staff changes, service still emphasized

Keeping track of your employee benefits is important. Helping you do that is the WSU Benefits Services office. Benefits Services administers employee benefits including medical and dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance and retirement savings programs. Personnel can offer solutions and information to customers needing assistance with a wide variety of benefit-related topics.The Benefits […]

Healthy choices save you money

As the cost of health care continues to increase, health insurance coverage is placing more emphasis on preventive health care. “Some of the highest health costs in both financial and human terms are caused by diseases, such as heart disease and cancer,” according to a 2005 study report, “Workplace Visions,” by the Society for Human […]

Group Health seeks candidates

One of WSU’s health insurance providers, Group Health, is seeking candidates for its 11-member board of trustees. Four positions are open for membership election this fall. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 22. The board oversees financial, quality and policy decisions. Trustees serve a three-year term and receive $6,000 per year. For more information, […]

Risky business keeps Fadness busy

Rick Fadness has learned that anything can be risky, even the actions of a tree squirrel. Fadness, risk management and insurance coordinator for Washington State University’s Risk Management and Insurance Department, has the unique job of overseeing insurance for most of the university, in addition to helping university employees assess risks of activities they may […]