ARTICLE IV. COMPENSATION - BENEFITS
As of the effective date of this agreement, all benefits provided in this Article are effective upon the first day of employment at the University, and House Officers shall have 30 days from the date of employment to enroll. Each plan shall be as provided by the Employer and may be amended, including the effective date(s) or enrollment period(s), but not eliminated. In the event of changes in benefits, the Association will be notified prior to the effective date of the change. Other qualified adult benefits have been extended to this bargaining unit.
During the term of this Agreement and consistent with the terms of each plan, the following University Group Benefit Plans shall be available to the extent provided in this Article:
SECTION A. HEALTH INSURANCE
During the term of this Agreement managed care and fee-for-service health insurance plans that include medical and prescription drug benefits equivalent to existing coverage in effect at the execution date of this Agreement will be provided and maintained.
The Group Health Insurance Plan shall be as provided by the Employer in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to non-bargained for employees.
If, during the term of this Agreement, a federal or state law is enacted which requires the payment of taxes or premiums to either the federal or state government or another entity for hospital or medical benefits for employees, the University may make such adjustments in the schedules of benefits provided by this Article to avoid duplication of benefits. In addition, any such taxes or premiums paid by the University shall be included in the total dollar limitation provided in this Article.
Employees who do not enroll in a health insurance plan within thirty (30) days of the eligibility date will be automatically enrolled in the BCN Premier Care Plan.
SECTION B. LIFE INSURANCE
The University Life Insurance Plan and the Optional Life Insurance Plan, shall be as provided by the Employer in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to non-bargained for employees. The amount of life insurance coverage selected by an Employee may range from five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) at the minimum to an amount equal to eight (8) times the Employee's salary ($1,500,000 maximum). Newly hired or newly eligible Employees will be enrolled in the University Life Insurance Plan for $30,000 in coverage at no cost to the Employee. Both plans offer a portability provision.
The cost of the Optional Life Insurance Plan is determined by the amount of coverage selected, current age, smoking status and current salary. The amount of coverage chosen and its cost will increase when salary is increased. The cost will also increase when moving into the next higher age bracket. The Employee pays the full cost, in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to the non-bargained for employees.
The Dependent Life Insurance plan shall be as provided by the University in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to the non-bargained for employees.
SECTION C. DENTAL PLAN
During the term of this Agreement, the Employer shall provide a dental insurance plan to Employees who qualify. The Dental Plan shall be as provided by the Employer in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to the non-bargained for employees. Employees have a choice of three (3) dental plan options. During the term of this Agreement, no less than the University of Michigan Dental Plan, Option 1 (one) schedule of benefits in effect at the execution of this Agreement will be provided and maintained. In the event of any changes in the benefits, the Association will be notified prior to the effective date of changes. The Employer contribution toward dental plan coverage will be provided in the same manner and to the same extent as provided to the non-bargained for employees.
SECTION D. LEGAL PLAN AND VISION PLAN
The Group Legal Plan and a Vision Plan shall be as provided in the same manner and to the same extent as is provided to the non-bargained for employees. No matter concerning the above benefits will be subject to the Grievance and Arbitration Procedures of this Agreement, except for questions concerning compliance with the specific provisions of this Article and whether or not the Employees have coverage in accordance with the terms of the Flexible Benefits Plan.
From the first day of employment, all new House Officers have 30 days to enroll in The University of Michigan Dental Plan, The Group Legal Plan, and the Vision Plan. Specifically, those who were enrolled in the University of Michigan Medical School prior to appointment shall have 30 days from the time of appointment to enroll in these plans.
SECTION E. BUSINESS TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE
During the term of this Agreement, the Plan shall be without cost to the Employee. Worker's Compensation forms are required to be submitted should the House Officer be injured and unable to perform their regularly assigned duties as a result of traveling to a required rotation or assignment on behalf of the Employer.
In addition to the Business Travel Accident Insurance, House Officers are covered for accidental death and dismemberment benefits under the Critical Care Transport Insurance Plan at the same level that is provided to the regular instructional physicians.
SECTION F. PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Professional liability insurance will be provided and maintained throughout the statute of limitations for claims filed for professional activities undertaken in the scope of employment, assigned by the Employer.
SECTION G. DISABILITY PLAN
The Employer will provide Long Term Disability coverage for House Officers consistent with the Unum Plan or other carrier, as discussed by the parties. In addition, if during House Officers' employment, they are determined to be qualified for coverage under this Plan, any waiting period will be funded by the Employer. Any remaining legal issues will be resolved by representatives of the plan administrators and the Employer. The description of the HOA Disability plan can be obtained by contacting the HOA Office.
Post House Officer Appointment - An Employee, who becomes a regular staff member immediately following completion of service in this bargaining unit, or following continued training under a recognized training grant (e.g., N.I.H.), will have continuous years of service in this bargaining unit and the period of training, count toward the continuous service requirement of the Employer's Disability Plan, provided, however, that a recommendation to become a regular staff member following the training has been approved in writing by the appropriate department chairperson or equivalent level of supervision prior to the beginning of the continued training. In addition, the period of such training will count towards the continuous service requirement for an Employee who returns to the bargaining unit immediately following completion of the training.
No matter concerning the terms of any of these plans shall be subject to the Grievance and Arbitration Procedure of this Agreement, except for questions concerning the specific provisions of this Article.
SECTION H. PAYMENT TO ENCOURAGE SAVINGS
In order to encourage and support the establishment of a voluntary savings plan, all House Officers will receive a lump sum payment, equivalent to a stated percentage of base salary on the November pay date each year. This provision is intended to be an on-going and recurring program. The HOA and the Employer have agreed to consider the lump sum payment as a benefit. As such, this payment will not be considered a part of base salary, but is considered part of the total compensation package. Annual Payments to Encourage Savings are listed below in paragraph 54 of this agreement.
The parties agree with the underlying principle of equity, with the standard being that each House Officer will receive one annual lump sum payment for each House Officer level within their residency/fellowship program. For example, the Family Medicine program has a three-year residency training requirement; therefore, a payment for each of these three years will be issued annually to a House Officer in the Family Medicine program.
At the time of processing these payments, House Officers on an unpaid leave of absence will not be eligible to receive the lump sum payment. Upon return to the training program the House Officer will receive their lump sum payment for that training year within sixty (60) days of their return.
Exceptions to this standard may apply in the event a House Officer's appointment is extended beyond the standard residency/fellowship program term or a House Officer resigns or is discharged from a residency/fellowship program. Extensions to one's standard residency/fellowship program could result from a paid leave, remediation, or elective research and are approved by Residency Review Committee or Program Board. In these cases, additional lump sum payment(s) will be paid out according to the following time frames:
|Appointment extension (based on appointment year)||Portion of lump sum payment paid out|
|More than 6 and less than 12 months||50%|
|Less than or equal to 6 months||0%|
If a House Officer resigns or is discharged from a residency program after receiving a lump sum payment, then any over payment, based upon the time frames listed above, will be deducted from the House Officer's final pay check.
Lump Sum payments that are for appointment extensions related to an elective research track will be paid from Medical School Delta Funds or Department Funds.
The specific payments made in November of each year, will be paid according to the salary schedule that includes the amount for the lump sum, or pro-rated for appointments less than a 100% FTE or for appointment extensions as stated above. These lump sum amounts are calculated on the basis of the stated specific percentage of the annual base salaries, as identified in the salary schedule.
Lump Sum Payment Table
|Lump Sum Payment Table|
|HO LEVEL||FY21 11/30/20||FY22 11/30/21||FY23 11/30/22|
SECTION I. USMLE STEP 3/COMLEX LEVEL 3 EXAM REIMBURSEMENT
For residents only, when taken prior to the House Officer's final residency program year at the University of Michigan, the University will reimburse a House Officer for the application fee for USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3 examination. This reimbursement also applies to a resident completing a one-year transitional residency at the University. Reimbursement will be for the examination application fee only and reimbursement is available for one (1) attempt.
A resident is eligible for reimbursement if they submit their score sheet to the Program along with the required documentation, as determined by their Department, to their CONCUR delegate or designee within 30 calendar days of receiving the exam results. For a resident in a one-year transitional residency, the completed reimbursement request and documentation must be submitted no later than June 1.