Nov 7, 2013 12:00 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

UCSB faculty and staff address concerns over new healthcare plan at Town Hall meeting

Nearly 300 faculty members at the University of California, Santa Barbara have signed a petition calling for a better health insurance plan.

The UCSB Faculty Association is sponsoring the petition. It calls on President Napolitano and the Regents "to insure that those of us in the UCSB community are treated with equity and fairness when it comes to our health care choices and expenditures."

The UC system recently announced it had restructured its health care potions for employees. The system ended its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and created a new insurance, called UC Care. The idea was to make better use of UC's set of five medical hospitals, but Santa Barbara doesn't have a UC medical facility, and university officials haven't been able to reach a deal with any local medical groups.

On Thursday, University faculty and staff are holding Town Hall meetings to address their concerns with top UC officials.

The first meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the Corwin Pavilion, and the second meeting starts at 1 p.m. at the Corwin Pavilion.



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