Navigating through EUTF Open Enrollment choices

Considerations When Selecting Your Health Plan

Perhaps your current health plan no longer meets your needs or has become too expensive for you and your family? Open Enrollment is your one opportunity to make the necessary changes to what best meets your needs today. The EUTF Open Enrollment period is from April 3rd through April 28, 2017. Any changes you make will be effective July 1, 2017.

There will be an opportunity to learn more about the the different plan options at Open Enrollment sessions at various locations throughout the State during April. Download the complete EUTF PDF content including dates, locations, and options

In preparation for the upcoming Open Enrollment, here are some common questions and answers to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Questions addressed in the members-only article (links below):

  1. The current UHPA Contract expires on June 30, 2017. How do we know what the premium contributions will be effective July 1, 2017 when we have not yet come to a Contract settlement?
  2. When will the new employee premium deductions start?
  3. What were the rate increases or decreases for the health plans from 2016 to 2017?
  4. It seems unusual that there is an increase for all medical plans, except the HMSA 75/25 Plan, which experienced an unusually large decrease. Why was there such a large rate decrease for the HMSA 75/25 plan?
  5. There is a tremendous difference in the premium contributions between the HMSA 80/20 Plan and the HMSA 75/25 Plan. What should I know about the plans before making a decision to switch?
  6. Whatʻs the best way to determine which plan best fits my needs?

UHPA is transitioning member-only content to Google Docs.  If you cannot immediately access this article click here for the 3 step process to access UHPA member-only content.

For your transition convenience, the below button uses our legacy system which will expire on June 1, 2017.

LAST CALL: Lunch & Learn (on campus!) on buying a home or refinancing in Hawaii

You must register now for the lunch and learn on April 5, 2017 at Manoa Campus Center 307, from 11:55am-1pm

Event details

UHPA,  via our partners at HomeStreet Bank, are excited to present “Home Buyer Confidence” on April 5, 2017 at Manoa Campus Center 307, from 11:55am-1pm.  There is no cost to attend and this is for UHPA members only. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided, courtesy HomeStreet Bank.

Why should you attend?

Are you worried about rising interest rates in 2017? Prepare for what’s next by getting the most pertinent and current home purchase information.

Empower yourself by understanding key mortgage factors that allow you to purchase real estate.

Confidence and peace of mind are critical when you are about to make the largest financial decision of your life. You will get exposure to simple tips directly from a mortgage lender to help you move forward with your home purchase.

You might save a lot on your mortgage

UHPA members have demonstrably saved thousands of dollars with using the HomeStreet Bank programs.  In 2016 alone, there were 6 loans made to UHPA members with a total savings of $10,684. Over the life of the program, savings have totaled $144,343.

What you will learn:

  • How to build your down payment
  • Loan program availability based on your financial situation
  • How mortgage rates affect your monthly affordability
  • How to prepare and compete: Prequalification vs. PreApproval
  • What lenders look for in different property types like Single Family with Accessory Dwellings, condos, multi-unit

Agenda:

  1. Role of your mortgage lender and loan officer
  2. Saving for down payment
  3. Loan program availability
  4. Mortgage payment affordability strategies
  5. Preparing to compete in the real estate marketplace
  6. Property red flags

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat and lunch now.

Campus Center room 307 has a finite number of seats and we anticipate this seminar will be very popular. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved in advance so if you plan on attending please do so immediately.

Not a member yet? Joining is quick, easy, online, and won’t cost you extra.

You deserve this! Discounts on massages at Serenity and Message for UHPA members only

UHPA welcomes our new membership benefits partner Serenity and Massage with a discounted rate when you book online.  Save $15 on a 60 or 90 minute massage!

ACTION REQUIRED: UHPA is upgrading member-only content technology

From now until May 31, 2017 UHPA is upgrading the technology behind its member-only content systems by transitioning to Google Docs.

During this transition stage, new content will be published on both systems: the existing member-only site as well as the new Google Docs infrastructure.  On June 1, 2017, our existing member-only content system will no longer be accessible and all member-only content will be available only on the Google Docs infrastructure.

Since we’re using Google Docs, you will need to have your non-@hawaii.edu email address registered with UHPA. If that address is not already a Gmail account, you’ll need to register your non-@hawaii.edu email address as a Google account which is a simple and no-cost operation that lets you use your existing non-@hawaii.edu email address to access Google Docs.

Please take the time now to follow a detailed step-by-step how-to page that you can use to confirm your access to our new member-only content system on Google Docs so that when our transition is complete by June 1 you will not have any disruptions in document access.

Of course don’t hesitate to contact our office or email us if you need any assistance.

The one week FREE Trial Membership at the Honolulu Club returns for the spring!

Our good friend Quincy Guzman from the Honolulu Club is offering their popular offer for UHPA members only. Give him a call at 539-8100 and get a free 1 week trial membership. This offer expires on April 30, 2017 so call it in now.

2017 Hawaii AFL-CIO Scholarships

Thanks to American Income Life (AIL) for their generous donation of $3,000 for the 2017 Hawaii State AFL-CIO scholarships. There will be three scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,500, $1,000, and $500.  High school students planning to attend post-high school study on a full-time basis will be considered for the three scholarships.  Please click here for the details and the criteria that will be used in determining the winners.

SB 134, RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor
Monday, February 27, 2017
10:00 am, Room 016

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Karl Rhoads and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) opposes SB 134 relating to a statutory prohibition on smoking, tobacco use and the use of electronic smoking devices by any person on the premises of the University of Hawaiʻi.  The University already has the authority and the ability to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices as noted in Section 1 paragraph 3 of SB 134.

The University has worked with UHPA in the past and continues to work with UHPA to ensure a healthy working conditions for the faculty and subsequently the students.  It continues to be the right of UHPA to work with the University to ensure that any policy that impacts faculty work environment promotes “positive health practices.”

We appreciate the opportunity to continue retaining the determination of best practices in the workplace; in the workplace rather than in statute.

UHPA opposes the passage of SB 134.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 919, SD1, RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
10:05 am, Room 211

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 919, SD1 which is a measure to appropriate funds for fiscal biennium 2017-2019 for salary costs for public employees in collective bargaining unit (7) and for certain employees excluded from collective bargaining.

UHPA urges the committee to support SB 919, SD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

SB 981, SD1, RELATING TO THE HAWAII LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

The Committee on Ways and Means
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
9:30 am, Room 211

Attention: Chair Jill Tokuda, Vice Chair Donovan Dela Cruz and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urge the Committee to support passage of SB 981, SD 1 that amends Chapter 396, Hawaii Revised Statutes, providing the HLRB the same authority already allowed under Chapter 89 regarding service of pleadings.  UHPA supports efforts to streamline processes and procedures for the HLRB that will result in administrative efficiencies.

UHPA supports passage of SB 981, SD1.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director

HB 810, HD1 Relating to Collective Bargaining

The House Committee on Finance
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:00 pm, Room 308

Attention:    Chair Sylvia Luke, Vice Chair Ty Cullen and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support passage of HB 810, HD1.

Chapter 89-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the scope of negotiations and consultation and Chapter 89-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, outlines the resolution of disputes and impasse procedures between the exclusive representative and the employer.  The amendments to these respective sections outlined in HB 810 HD1 will provide the appropriate pathway for resolving disputes between the exclusive representative and the employer regarding contributions to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).   

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 810, HD1.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman
Executive Director