**Please note the JHCC memorandum has been updated from the original post.
On October 16 and 17 the Joint Health Care Committee met to review the suggestions coming out of the Health Care Task Force. At that meeting they passed eight motions recommending changes to our health care benefit to the statewide administration. They forwarded these motions to the administration on November 1. Please read the JHCC motions for details.
Two changes were recommended that have received mixed responses from staff. They are a spousal surcharge and taking away the Opt Out choice. Please note that the staff representatives on the JHCC voted against taking away the Opt Out. The Staff Health Care Committee will meet on November 27 to discuss these changes. We’d like to hear from you before we take a position with the administration on the changes. Please leave your comments here and/or email Donald Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer at email@example.com or Juella Sparks, chair of Staff Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org .