My partner and I have been on the job market for a few rounds now. Yes, we have jobs and tenure, but we are ready to move up. In the last 2 years we have turned down 3 jobs over the health insurance. Its nothing short of atrocious. The most recent offer was $700+ a month, $8k and $14k deductibles (in / out) and $25k max per year. Are you kidding me? If you're in a family with health issues you're looking at at least $17+k per year. O
n the $50-65k salaries that are being offered, that amount makes you part of the working poor. We've actually looked at the ACA (Affordable Care Act) as an alternative and the coverage is better and the premium is lower. But, with an election coming the ACA could be dismantled on day 1, and thats not a risk we're willing to take.
Yes, we'll readily admit that our current insurance is amazing - we have a $10 co-pay, no in network deductible and $1k out. We know we'll probably not find that again, and thats fine. But plans that cause you to worry more about your healthcare bill than it does your teaching and research, are bad for everyone.
Furtherer, we've now caused 3 failed searchers because of this. As we all know, searches aren't cheap or easy on the committees. How did we end up here?
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