The Family Equity Committee was established in 2015 by staff and faculty members committed to increasing access to alternative family building for employees who utilize CWRU health care plans. Through comparative research of similar Association of American Universities (AAU) across the country, the committee developed a series of recommendations for administration focused in three (3) primary areas: assisted reproductive technology (IUI and IVF), adoption, and foster care support.
As a reuslt of their advocacy efforts, the following policies went into effect January 2017:
- Coverage for intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) services, which will be included on the university’s self-insured health plans. However, fertility prescription drugs will not be covered. Members will be responsible for 50% co-insurance, which will not accumulate towards annual out-of-pocket maximums. The benefit is subject to a lifetime maximum of $10,000.
- Paid parental leave policy for staff will now include foster care so that it is consistent with the faculty policy. In addition, the staff sick time policy will be expanded to include foster care as one of the special situations that allows for up to 12 sick days annually to be used for family reasons.
Curent policies the committee is working on:
- The committee is currently advocating for adoption reimbursement assistance for employees of CWRU (staff and faculty).
Members of the Family Building Equity Committee include: Heather Clayton Terry, Associate Director for Women in Science & Engineering, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; Liz Roccoforte, Director, LGBT Center; Genine Apidone, Director of Student Engagement, Division of Engineering Leadership & Professional Practice; Gena Richmann, Undergraduate Student Affairs Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Lisa Kollins, Institute Administrator, Social Justice Institute; Melanie Prestage, Chair Assistant, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Rosemary Behmer Hansen, Graduate Candidate, MA Bioethics + MPH Public Health; and Amy Bevins, Intern, LGBT Center.