WMU formally joins health insurance collective
Feb. 21, 2005
KALAMAZOO--Acting at their Feb. 18 meeting, Western Michigan University trustees authorized the university administration to become part of a nonprofit corporation called MUCH--Michigan University Coalition on Health.
Founded in 1997 as an informal statewide committee, MUCH seeks to use the collective leverage of all of the state's public universities to control health care and insurance costs through group purchases of claims processing services, pharmacy benefit manager's services, life and long-term disability coverages, and other related costs.
To carry out its goals more effectively and better effect savings, MUCH is now seeking to formalize the arrangement and secure legal authority to contract on behalf of all of the institutions it represents. WMU is one of 12 universities whose business officers have recommended approval of the new arrangement.
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