Article 15 – Health Benefits

The parties acknowledge that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.25 et seq., employees of the University are deemed to be employees of the State for purposes of health benefits and that health benefits are provided to eligible employees as set forth in applicable statutes and regulations. During the term of this Agreement, unless modified subsequently by Agreement of the URA-AFT and the University, employee contributions to the cost of health and prescription benefits shall continue to be in accordance with the full implementation schedule set forth in P.L. 2011, c.78 and which percentages were in effect on June 30, 2018. During the term of this Agreement, the University will continue the Vision Care Program pursuant to Article 55.

The parties agree that immediately following the ratification of this Agreement by the membership of the URA-AFT, the parties will reopen negotiations over health insurance benefits. It is understood by the parties that any modifications, proposed by the parties, to the design of health plans available to URA-AFT unit members must be approved and adopted by the State Health Benefits Program Plan Design Committee before they can become effective.

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