PPO Savings Plan

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The PPO Savings Plan is a Qualified High-Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP). It has a lower payroll contribution but a higher deductible than the PPO Plan. 

Following are some features of the PPO Savings Plan:

  • Medical coverage is the same as for the PPO Plan
  • Physician network is the same as for the PPO Plan
  • Drug formulary is the same as for the PPO Plan
  • In-network preventive care is covered at 100% with no deductible or coinsurance
  • Includes a Health Savings Account (HSA) that allows subscribers to use pre-tax funds to pay for future and current health care expenses
  • As part of Penn State's health insurance, employees have access to Teladoc, a simple way to get the care you need with the convenience you want

Paying for Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

With the PPO Savings Plan, there is generally no payment due at the time of service; however, the subscriber will receive a bill from his/her provider. The subscriber may then choose to pay the bill from a Health Savings Account (HSA) or from other personal accounts. If the bill is paid from a Health Savings account, the subscriber may use the Health Equity debit card, or may pay the provider directly through the claims portal.

With the HSA, there is no requirement to substantiate funds; however, it is recommended that for tax purposes, subscribers keep a record of their payments.

See Health Savings Account for more information about employer contributions to the HSA, maximum allowable annual contributions to the HSA, and how this type of account may be used to pay for medical expenses throughout the life span.

Eligibility Limitations for the PPO Savings Plan with the Health Savings Account (HSA)

While all full-time, benefits-eligible employees are eligible, the EMPLOYEE:

  • CANNOT be enrolled in Medicare or be collecting Social Security benefits. It is recommended that employees who are returning from retirement consult with their financial advisor regarding implications of dis-enrolling from Medicare in order to be eligible for the HSA, as they will not be able to collect Social Security benefits unless they  are enrolled in Medicare. Once an individual dis-enrolls from Medicare, that person is able to contribute to the HSA. 
  • CANNOT be enrolled in another health plan.
  • CANNOT have a balance in a HEALTH CARE Flexible Spending Account (FSA).
    • Due to IRS regulations governing HSA plans, PPO Savings Plan member are not eligible to enroll in the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). If an employee currently has money in an FSA - either through themselves or through a spouse - that person must use all the money in the FSA before enrolling in the PPO Savings Plan.
    • If two Penn State employees are married and have elected a FAMILY coverage under the PPO Savings Plan with HSA, a Health Care FSA cannot be opened under either employee. In addition, if you are the Penn State employee and your spouse is employed elsewhere and enrolled in a high-deductible health plan with an HSA, a Health Care FSA cannot be opened by either employee. The IRS does not permit use of a Health Care FSA when contributing to an HSA.
    • The Dependent Care FSA is available regardless of medical plan participation up to the IRS limits.
  • CANNOT have a J1 Visa; J1 Visa holders are eligible for the PPO plan only.
  • CANNOT be classified as a Posdoctoral Fellow; Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible for the PPO Plan only.


The premiums shown below are examples based on the exact salaries shown (up to $140,000). Your premiums will be based on your specifical annual salary (up to $140,000).

Use our Health Care Calculator to help estimate your premiums.

Faculty & Staff monthly premium contributions - PPO Savings Plan
Coverage Salary % $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $75,000 $85,000 $100,000 $140,000(max)
Individual 0.78% $19.50 $26.00 $32.50 $39.00 $48.75 $55.25 $65.00 $91.00
Two-Person 1.89% $47.25 $63.00 $78.75 $94.50 $118.13 $133.88 $157.50 $220.50
Parent/Child(ren) 1.75% $43.75 $58.33 $72.92 $87.50 $109.38 $123.96 $145.83 $204.17
Family 2.41% $60.25 $80.33 $100.42 $120.50 $150.63 $170.71 $200.83 $281.17
Technical Service employees bi-weekly premium contributions - PPO Savings Plan
Coverage Salary % $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $75,000
Individual 1.42% $16.38 $21.85 $27.31 $32.77 $40.96
Two-Person 3.08% $35.54 $47.38 $59.23 $71.08 $88.85
Parent/Child(ren) 2.87% $33.12 $44.15 $55.19 $66.23 $81.92
Family 3.86% $44.54 $59.38 $74.23 $89.08 $111.35