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January 31, 2023

New Report on Retiree Medical Benefits

A public report on Columbia retiree medical benefits, Resuscitating Retirement Medical Insurance,” written by Eli Noam, Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, emeritus, and until recently, Chair and Co-Chair of the University Senate Committees on Budget and on Benefits and now a member of the EPIC Steering Committee, has been released. The report provides valuable insight into various aspects of the medical coverage currently offered by the University, as well as the history of coverage, and the current uses of the $260 million trust fund established to support such coverage. Almost none of the gain of the fund is currently being used for the benefit of retired officers.

EPIC’s Steering Committee met to review the report and voted to support its recommendation that the University engage in a serious review and reformulation of retiree medical benefits for officers. The Steering Committee judged that the report, which includes an analysis, an historic overview, and recommendations about retiree medical insurance coverage, is of significant importance for EPIC’s membership.

Read the Complete Report

Office of Work/Life Spring Workshops and Programs

Are you focusing on well-being goals for the new year? Check out Work/Life’s lineup of spring well-being programming, including Renew and Refresh: Setting Your 2023 Well-Being Goals and our nutrition series featuring sessions on healthy eating basics and meal planning, and a live cooking demo!

All Work/Life programs and services are available virtually or in-person.

Stay informed by signing up for periodic Work/Life Updates and get topic-specific information by subscribing to the newsletters. Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact worklife@columbia.edu.

Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Selected

EPIC has selected the inaugural Douglas Chalmers Graduate Scholars Lectureship honorees, who will be giving presentations on their research this semester.

Online EPIC Yoga Every Thursday

10–11am and 11:15am–12:15pm

10–11am Class practices breathing techniques and moves through some basic yoga poses, concentrating on alignment, balance, and flexibility. 11:15am–12:15pm Gentle/chair yoga, ideal for those of more limited mobility or flexibility.

Professor Emerita Ginny Papaioannou, a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance, leads EPIC Yoga. No prior experience is required to join.

Interested in joining a class or need more info? Email Lalla Grimes.

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