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 […]


Updates on employee benefit orientation Prices for health and life insurance in 2005 can be viewed on Powerpoint training materials used for WSU Employee Benefit Orientation at Click on Hot Topics, then Employee Benefits Orientation. Orientation sessions in Pullman are planned 1-4 p.m. Feb. 9 and 24 in Lighty 405. Future dates can be […]

Opportunity to change insurance coverage begins

Open enrollment, allowing WSU employees to changes medical and dental insurance plans, will go from Oct. 20 to Nov. 30. Eligible family members not previously covered may be enrolled during this time too. Changes take effect Jan. 1, 2004. A PEBB Perspective newsletter will be mailed to each employee’s home address in the next week. […]

Insurance rates up $5 to $7 a month; Premera dropped

In a time of generally escalating health-care and insurance costs, there is some good news for those participating in WSU’s health benefits plan. For instance, office co-pays will remain at $10 and lifetime maximum benefits will double from $1 million to $2 million. The flip side is that Premera will be dropped as a provider […]

Pretaxing cuts insurance costs; state pays $482

Pretaxing cuts insurance costs; state pays $482 Yes, insurance rate increases are coming, but you can reduce your total out-of-pocket costs by making sure your premiums are deducted in a pretax manner and by shopping the insurance programs wisely. The bottom line is, don’t put off reviewing the insurance plan changes that will affect both […]

Health insurance hikes hit paychecks Jan. 1

Brace yourself and your personal budget. Major increases in your medical and dental insurance premiums will take effect in exactly 60 days, which means your net take-home pay will shrink beginning Jan. 10. Why? There are two reasons. First, due to a downturn in the economy, the state is facing a $2 billion economic deficit […]

What keeps insurance CEOs awake at night?

Robert P. Hartwig, senior vice president and chief economist for the Insurance Information Institute, will answer “What Keeps Insurance CEOs Awake at Night?” at Washington State University#s 2002 Walton Lecturer, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Todd Hall, Room 276. Hartwig, a renowned scholar on property/casualty insurance, frequently appears as a television commentator on ABC, […]