2003 Candidates for GSA Health Insurance Chair
As Health Insurance Chairperson, I would like to oversee the service and care that our Graduates receive from the 'mandatory' Health Care that is provided for our convenience. As a regular consumer of bad service, I believe there is no excuse for incompetence when it comes to health issues that affect graduate students. Many of us like the security blanket that Health care provides and I want to be there to ensure that the service is there when we need it most.
In the position of Health Insurance Chair, I would be undertaking very familiar duties. For six years, I was employed by a medical practice where my main duties were billing which involves the processing of patient's claims, but also an understanding o f various insurance policies and their rules and regulations. I understand how insurance companies operate and I know how to fight with them to obtain coverage. Furthermore, prior to my career as a graduate student, I was employed as a career employee at UC Irvine and am very familiar with UC medical coverage, the options afforded career employees, etc.
I feel strongly that health insurance is a right and not a privilege and I hope to make important strides in our health coverage, filling in gaps where you, the graduate student body, feel it is needed most.
I have been involved with the Graduate Student Association and the GSHIP Committee for three years. I intend to use this experience to ensure that the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program provides the best possible service to UCR's graduate students.