Why are partner benefits so high?

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2006 at 11:12 p.m.
I agree with the UF's forward thinking plan to enroll up to 120 domestic partners for medical benefits but the math doesn't make sense to me. This program is expected to cost UF $1 million per year. That's about $700 a month per employee. The average individual medical policy for a 40-year old is about $250 per month depending on the deductible. As a 63-year old, I pay $278.
Individual policies have always been much higher than through a company plan. So why is UF paying $450 more than if the employee went out and got their own insurance? Will the excess be needed for "investigative costs" to make sure the employees are having sex?
Kidding aside, taxpayer-funded organizations like UF need more Eileen Roys to look into these matters.
Zia Terhune, Gainesville

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