Board of Regents to vote on employee-plus-one plan, tuition increase

Jun 7, 2012

The Nebraska Board of Regents will vote Friday on a plan that would extend employee health insurance benefits to same-sex partners.

The so-called “employee plus-one” plan is among the items on Friday’s Board agenda. Under the plan, an employee could elect to have health care coverage for their partner, as well as their partner’s dependent children. Couples in both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partnerships could take part.

Documents provided by the Board of Regents show all Fortune 500 companies in Omaha, and all Big Ten institutions except UNL, already have an employee-plus-one plan.

University officials project the expansion of health care coverage would cost $750,000 to $1.5 million dollars.

Regents are also scheduled to vote on a 3.75 percent tuition increase. It’s part of the University system’s FY 2012-13 budget request.

For UNO resident undergraduates, it’s an increase of 7 dollars per credit hour. Graduate students would pay an additional $8.75 per credit hour. The amount is similar at UNL, the Kearney campus, and UNMC.

The Board of Regents meets at 12:45 pm Friday.