News and announcements for SLAC staff, users and community members.
Thursday - July 21, 2011
University to Replace Health Net and PacifiCare With a New Medical Plan in 2012; Offers Incentive for Insurance Premium Discount
In a move aimed at curbing rising health care costs while continuing to provide employees access to high quality health care, Stanford will replace two costly HMOs – Health Net and PacifiCare –with a new medical plan that will be administered by Blue Shield beginning in 2012.
The university also is encouraging employees to participate in the BeWell Employee Incentive Program and become eligible for a discount on their 2012 medical plan premiums.
The synchrotron light source community is a large one – about 70 facilities exist around the world – but the men and women who run them are like an extended family. That's why, when the Photon Factory light source at the Tsukuba campus of KEK, Japan's national high-energy physics research laboratory, was damaged during the magnitude 9 earthquake of March 11, light sources around the world rushed in with offers of help. Several of the Department of Energy's national labs are among that number, and this past week SLAC got its chance to step up.
William Brinkman, director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, joined officials from DOE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Tuesday to dedicate a new Chemical and Materials Sciences Building. The event celebrated the completion of a 160,000 square foot facility that provides modern laboratory and office space for ORNL researchers who are studying and developing materials and chemical processes for energy-related technologies, including advanced batteries and high-efficiency solar panels.