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Past experience should be considered in self-funding health plan

In considering self-funded health insurance for the university campuses, I hope that remembering CU's history will play a role.

At one time, CU health insurance was self-funded. The savings accrued were used for other university expenses, which caused a shortfall when suddenly health care needs were higher than expected. Such practices led to CU abandoning self-funding.

I strongly urge language in any forthcoming policy to keep all health insurance savings in a health insurance account that is safe from raiding for other university needs.

Patti Gassaway
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder

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