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Not on My Conscience

Now we seem to be unsure whether we need to inform whoever we decide to hire about our healthcare situation. I’m sure I don’t need to mention which position I’m taking.

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6 thoughts on “Not on My Conscience

  1. Evelina Anville on said:

    Your candidates don’t have a required meeting with HR/Benefits team as part of the hiring process? Our candidates do have such a meeting (I did) and at that time the HR/Benefits representative is required to go through and explain the entire compensation package (salary, health and dental plan, 403b/401k options etc. etc.) I was under the impression that this meeting was required by law? But it might just be something my institution does (and it’s a good thing.)

    At any rate, I heartily agree that the candidates deserve to understand their entire compensation package (including health) before they sign on to a position.

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    • We have such a meeting but after the contract is signed. Our candidates can’t come to campus in advance anyway because there’s no money to bring them.

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      • Also, I don’t believe the HR people would disclose anything. We are considered to be covered, so that’s the end of it. People who were hired last year started sending out panicked emails in September asking what’s going on and how come no doctor agrees to take them on. One fellow who was hired last year already has significant health issues as a result of that. Another person is having serious financial difficulties because he has to pay for everything in cash plus his credit ratings dropped off a cliff. He came here with a good credit ratings, and now it;s destroyed.

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        • Besides, nobody disclosed anything to the existing workers. I still have trouble explaining to colleagues that this is a real problem. If somebody is health and doesn’t need to see a doctor, they simply never find out.

          I’m sorry, this is such a sore issue, I can’t help going off whenever it’s mentioned. My own colleagues look at me and don’t believe that this is a real problem. I’m putting off seeking care for something I really need until I can finally leave this darn insurance.

          Every once in a while I get an email from a colleague who gets sick and then discovers what’s going on and writes to me to say, “God, you were right. I’m now stuck with a bill for $8,500. I don’t know what to do.” I don’t want people to get sick to prove me right. But this is something that I can’t get people to notice until it strikes them personally.

          Sorry, sorry, rant over. I think. 🙂

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  2. I suppose nobody would say anything to this person, but just reading about it made me want to sue your university for not disclosure. I would go to a lawyer, if I were a new hire and then suddenly found myself in serious financial difficulties and with credit destroyed. Though, I suppose, it would destroy any hope for academic career.

    For all you know, the person has medical problems and wants the job partly for health insurence.

    Btw, to be clear, I do not think you should tell and endanger yourself. I do think the conduct of the university is completely dishonest.

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    • I will absolutely reach out to the candidate in person and inform them. Unless we choose the local candidate, of course. But if it’s anybody out of state, I’m on the phone with them that very day. And I’ll inform everybody at the University that I will be doing it.

      What if it’s a person with a chronic condition? Or with a child who has a chronic condition? I’m not living with something like this on my conscience.

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