The regents also voted to renew health and dental contracts for university employees at a 9 percent increase.
“It is a higher than usual increase in one year for two reasons,” Boren said. “One is the changes in health care at the federal level. That probably counts for about a third of it. The other two-thirds this year, by chance, we had a far larger number of our employees who had serious health problems. Therefore, more costly care. That causes your insurance to go up.”
On the Health and Science Center front, Boren recommended the approval of the professional service agreements for Variety Care Inc., University Hospital Trust and HCA Health Services of Oklahoma Inc. The board voted “yes.”
The regents also agreed to the expansion of the Tulsa School of Community Medicine M.D. program track at the College of Medicine. It will go from its current two-year program to a four-year program on the Tulsa campus.