Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska will be replaced by UMR/United for health coverage and Ameritas for dental.
Those changes, along with the life insurance plan, are expected to save $12.3 million a year. Six million dollars of that is in state aid.
“These are significant savings,” Melissa Lee, University of Nebraska director of communications, tells Nebraska Radio Network. “The university-wide committee that evaluated proposals didn’t just look at dollars and cents. They looked at things like customer care, proximity of network providers, timeliness, so it was a holistic decision.”
Lee says most providers are the same, so employees should not need to find new doctors.
“The networks are very, very similar – almost indentical – so, the chances of employees and their families having to find a new doctor or dentist are minimal,” she says. “Both United and Ameritas have indicated their willing to add providers to their networks, in cases where the network might be different.”
The University of Nebraska has been under pressure to reduce spending as state revenues declined.
Lee says the move away from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is not due to any dissatisfaction with the company’s service. She says the change was based on cost savings that would also maintain employee benefits.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:43]