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12 Series Continued from page 1 ductible level to a point high enough to lower the cost of the fees required. Some 717 eligible persons are currently employed at parishes, schools, offices, bu- reaus or other institution in- volved in the work and min- istry of the Church in the Diocese of Evansville. Participation in the diocesan program has dwindled in re- cent years. Premiums have risen. Claims paid out have outstripped the fees paid in. About 250 eligible employees are currently enrolled in the diocesan medical'insurance plan. Committee members say that a viable plan would need at least 70 percent of eligible employees (about 500 in the diocese) to be successful. Bishop Gettelfinger pro- mised participants at the meetings that he would make his final decision soon, so that the financial impact of the pro- posal would be known in time to become part of the budget planning for the next fiscal year. The next fiscal year be- gins Sept. 1. Following are some of the questions posed at the meet- ings, and answers derived from the presenters' responses and from the material prepared by the special committee. What mechanism moni- tors change over the next four years? The treasurer's office has the responsibility of administering the program, and monitoring it. A professional management company will handle the claims processing. When the treasurer's office finds a significant change, any effort to make adjustments to the program will involve the fi- nance council, the priests' council, and (in the near fu- ture) the diocesan pastoral council. The exact decision-making process will have to depend on the exact nature of whatever significant change that takes place. iiiiii I Peop.les  Trust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 4744"1 Administrator Hwy. 57 So. Washington, IN 8812-2544516 Prairie Village Living Centei" i SINCE 1888 --  i  Schum Monuments, Inc. DALE, INDIANA 937-4921 .... Vincennes Bicknell Sandborn Monroe City, Princeton Patoka Member F.D.I.C. i I The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ' 'ii i;i  f What restrictions will the diocese make on raising money to pay this assess- ment? None. Any fundraising effort that is just and appropriate is acceptable. How a parish raises the money is a decision made best by the parish -- that's in line with the principle of subsidiar- ity. Justice should guide what- ever decision is made. Every parish should cer- tainly consider the Catholic Parishes Campaign. It is a fund-raising vehicle that is al- ready in place to raise the money to help run diocesan of- rices and other parish needs. Are the past losses due to catastrophic claims or low- end benefits? There was a mixture. The current program uses a combination of self-insurance and "stop-loss" insurance. For many ordinary health care costs, the money collected in fees is used to pay the claims. For extraordinary medical needs, we have bought insur- ance protection -- to stop our losses at a certain point. In the past, we have had a mixture of ordinary claims and some ex- traordinary claims which have been large enough to trigger our "stop-loss" insurance pro- tection. There was also an increase in costs for ordinary health services all across the board. Would it be more just to offer only catastrophic cov- erage? which does not offer some sense of security to employees will not attract or keep em- ployees. That affects all of us. Have you considered any- thing other than assess- ment as the way to raise this money? Your suggestions are wel- come. For parishes, we suggest the Catholic Parishes Campaign, as the vehicle already in place, which you can use for parish needs. - What was your priority in developing this program? To supply medical insurance to church employees -- to teachers, principals, DREs, janitors, cafeteria workers, parish secretaries, pastoral as- sociates, and all who do the work of the church -- the work we as a church have committed ourselves to do. Alan Hoffman, a member of the strategic mittee for the lay medical insurance program,' notes during his presentation at St. Hoffman and Father David Nunning, Gettelfinger and Msgr. Kenneth R. KnapP ance presentations at Ireland and earlier Church, Newburgh. Look at it from two view- points. First, as an employee. A medical bill some could pay might be catastrophic to an- other. In many cases, health care needs that would not be considered catastrophic in common understanding among insurance people might be ru- inous to a family. From the employer's point of view -- from our view as a Church -- a level of insurance Members of the audience read a summary and listen to the ance, at Flaget School, Vincennes. The meeting was held March 10. 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