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All full-time employees must register during health care open enrollment

The Office of Human Resources is gearing up for the annual open enrollment period beginning in late October for the Plan Year starting Jan. 1, 2006.

All full-time faculty and administrative and classified staff are required to complete a BGSU “Health Care Enrollment and Change Form,” even if they choose to waive coverage.

As noted in last year’s open enrollment material, beginning Jan. 1, the spousal working rule will apply to all full-time staff. If an employee’s spouse is working full time and his or her employer offers group health care coverage and pays at least 50 percent of the cost of that coverage, the spouse must enroll in at least a single-coverage plan through his or her employer.

BGSU employees may elect to cover their spouses under BGSU’s health care plan, but only as a secondary payer. A “Working Spouse” form must be completed by the employer documenting the spouse’s employment status, the employer’s health care coverage option and the cost of the health care plan(s).

More information regarding benefits will be included in the open enrollment brochure that will be sent to employees’ home mailing addresses on file with BGSU.

Former Blade reporters to discuss ‘Speaking Truth to Power’

Three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will be on campus this week for a panel discussion on "Speaking Truth to Power," part of the Darl Ault Visiting Lecture Series.

Mike Sallah, investigative editor at the Miami Herald; Mitch Weiss, investigative business editor at the Charlotte Observer, and Joe Mahr, reporter and investigative editor at the St. Louis Dispatch, will participate in the panel discussion beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 13) in 202B Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The three panelists were the team investigators at The (Toledo) Blade who produced the series "Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths," which received the Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The event is also sponsored by the journalism department, the School of Communication Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences and BGSU Student Publications.

A reception will follow the panel discussion.

Caregivers support group held Mondays

A weekly support group, “Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others,” will begin today (Sept. 12) at noon in the Women’s Center, 108A Hanna Hall. Any faculty, graduate students or staff who are caring for an elderly parent, children, pets or others are invited to attend each Monday and bring their lunch.

Facilitators Laurie Fleckenstein, psychology intern, and Betty Yarris, Counseling Center, will provide resource information, support and coping techniques. This week’s topic is “Preventing Burnout Before It Happens, Part I,” with Part II to follow next week.

The group is sponsored by the Counseling Center. Call 2-2081 for more information.

September 12, 2005