October 11, 1999
Contact: Philip Bransford, 503-725-5717
Source: Elizabeth Dickenson, 541-346-5772
Thirteen Named to OUS Student Health Insurance Task Force
EUGENE - A 13-member special task force has been named by the Oregon University System to study how affordable
health coverage can be made available for Oregon university students.
Officials estimate that some 30 percent of students attending Oregon's public universities do not have any health
coverage. And while all OUS campuses offer coverage plans, participation in those plans has declined over the past
four years as premium and medical costs have continued to increase.
The task force, appointed by Chancellor Joe Cox, will investigate health care opportunities for graduate and undergraduate
students and look for ways to provide affordable health insurance for students that are unable to continue coverage
under a parent's or employer's plan. The group's findings and recommendations will be reported to the Oregon State
Board of Higher Education in January.
Task force members include: Elizabeth Dickenson, risk manager, OUS; Gary Rogers, director of financial accounting
and reporting, OUS; Susan Beardsley, health center director, Southern Oregon University; Roseann Kendall, student
health and counseling center director, Western Oregon University; Dan Williams, vice president for administration,
University of Oregon; Susan Longerbeam, administrative director of student health services, and Larry Roper, vice
provost for student affairs, Oregon State University; Sandy Franz, administrative director of student health services,
Portland State University; Kellie Schoemaker, legislative director, Oregon Student Association; Greg Byrd, UO senior
from Hillsboro; Scott Young, SOU junior from Napa, Calif.; and Sam Ebbert, OSU graduate student from Corvallis.
Brian Corcoran, an independent insurance consultant from Eugene is an ex officio member.