COVID News

CVS Caremark and University Health Services: Prescription Coverage

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, you may have concerns about accessing prescription medications - especially if you or loved ones have a chronic or complex condition. CVS Caremark® and University Health Services (UHS) pharmacy are taking steps to protect faculty, staff, and retiree access to medication and we encourage you to refill maintenance medications with a 90-day supply or up to the plan maximum. Please contact UHS Pharmacy at 814-865-9321 or CVS Caremark at 844-462-0203 with any questions.

  • All pharmacies, including University Health Services pharmacy, will temporarily override the "refill too soon" rejection for 30-day prescriptions to ensure that all faculty, staff, and non-Medicare retirees enrolled in either the Aetna PPO Plan or the Aetna PPO Savings Plan will have adequate supplies of medication. Please note that Schedule II narcotics cannot be mailed.
  • University Health Services pharmacy is open for business for all faculty, staff, and retirees enrolled in the Aetna PPO Plan, the Aetna PPO Savings Plan, or the Highmark Freedom Blue Medicare Plan.
  • Announced on 03/23/2020 via Penn State Today (Click here to read full article): UHS will no longer allow walk-ins, but rather offer curbside delivery service to reduce the potential for person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Curbside delivery will be offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Patients will wait in designated pharmacy parking spots in the Eisenhower Parking Deck and call the dedicated phone number posted for patients when in the garage waiting; for larger vehicles there will be additional outside parking spots available across from the Eisenhower Parking Deck
    • A UHS Pharmacy customer service representative will deliver the prescription to the vehicle
    • All prescription costs and/or copays will be placed on patient accounts
    • The patient will receive a bill in the mail to avoid exchange of money or credit cards
    • Service is available to all who receive prescriptions from UHS Pharmacy, including undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, staff, and retirees
    • For faculty, staff, and graduate students who receive prescriptions via campus mail, and may be working remotely, please contact UHS Pharmacy at 814-865-9321 to change the mailing address to your home address, or you are welcome to use curbside delivery
    • The pharmacy can only mail to Pennsylvania and Florida residents
    • Please note that Schedule II narcotics cannot be mailed
    • For questions, please call UHS directly at 814-865-9321, or visit UHS Pharmacy webpage

Health Equity: FSA Updates

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS recently issued Notice 2020-29. The notice permits employers to offer greater flexibility to employees with respect to mid-year election changes for health care plans and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), which include Health Care and Dependent Care (Child Care).

Employer-sponsored health coverage – Employee may:

  • Make a new election if they initially declined to enroll in a Penn State health care plan for 2020
  • Cancel an existing health plan election for 2020

Health Care FSAs – Employee may:

  • Make a new election if they initially declined to enroll for 2020
  • Increase an existing election up to the IRS maximum of $2,700 for 2020

Dependent Care (Child Care) FSAs – Employee may:

  • Revoke an existing election for 2020
  • Make a new election if the employee initially declined to enroll for 2020
  • Increase an existing election up to the IRS maximum of $5,000 per family for 2020
  • Decrease an existing election

Extended Claims Substantiation Periods for Health Care & Dependent Care (Child Care) FSA’s:

Health Care FSA:

  • The 2019 Health Care FSA deadline to submit expenses will be extended to December 31, 2020
  • For 2021, the annual rollover amount will be increased to $550 for funds not used for 2020 services
    • Please note only those employees who re-enroll in the Health Care FSA for 2021 will be eligible to receive a rollover from 2020, up to $550, which can then be used for services in 2021

Dependent Care (Child Care) FSA:

  • For employees enrolled in benefits for 2019, the grace period which will allow employees to incur expenses is now December 31, 2020, provided there are funds remaining in the 2019 account

The deadline to submit expenses for 2019 and 2020 will be March 31, 2021.

HealthEquity CARES Act Flyer


HSA Updates

March 2020 Update - Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions may be made to your HSA, for a particular year, at any time during the year or by the due date for filing your return that year. Because the due date for filing Federal income tax returns is now July 15, 2020, under this relief, you may make contributions to your HSA or Archer MSA at any time up to July 15, 2020 per IRS guidance. For more details on HSA contributions, see Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and other Tax-Favored Health Plans.