Technical Service Overview of Benefits

Health Insurance

Penn State offers two medical plans administered by Aetna, one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks. Both plans allow you freedom of choice of health care providers both in and out-of-network.

PPO Plan

  • $250 Individual/$500 Family in-network deductible.
  • 10% coinsurance; 90% paid by plan up to coinsurance out-of-pocket maximum.
  • Copays; $10 Primary Care, $20 Specialist, $100 ER.
  • Value-Based Benefit (VBB) to help members maintain high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes (type 1 and 2) conditions. If you have not participated previously, you must contact Aetna to enroll.

PPO Savings Plan

  • $1,600 Individual/$3,200 in-network deductible.
  • 10% coinsurance; 90% paid by plan up to out-of-pocket coinsurance maximum.
  • No copays; all services, including prescriptions, will apply to the deductible and coinsurance out-of-pocket maximum.
  • Automatic enrollment in a Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • In order to be eligible for the PPO Savings Plan you CANNOT (1) be enrolled in Medicare collecting Social Security, (2) be enrolled in another health plan, (3) have a balance in a healthcare FSA, (4) have a J1 Visa – J1 Visa holders are only eligible for the PPO Plan.

Prescription Drug

Coverage Prescription drug coverage is included as part of both medical plans and administered through CVS Caremark. There is both retail and mail-in pharmacy coverage at in-network pharmacies.

PPO Plan pharmacy benefits

  • Retail Pharmacy – 50% coinsurance for generic and preferred brand, 70% coinsurance for non-preferred brand.
  • Mail Order – 20% coinsurance for generic and preferred brand, 70% coinsurance for non-preferred brand.
  • Specialty – 50% coinsurance ($50 maximum) for preferred brand, 70% coinsurance ($100 maximum) for non-preferred brand.
  • Prescription drug out-of-pocket maximums of $1,000 (individual) and $6,000 (all other coverage levels).

PPO Savings Plan pharmacy benefits

  • Retail Pharmacy – 10% coinsurance for generic, 20% coinsurance for preferred brand, 40% coinsurance for non-preferred brand.
  • Mail Order – 10% coinsurance for generic, 20% coinsurance for preferred brand, 40% coinsurance for non-preferred brand.
  • Specialty – 20% coinsurance ($65 maximum) for preferred brand, 40% coinsurance ($100 maximum) for non-preferred brand.
  • PPO Savings Plan deductible and coinsurance out-of-pocket maximums apply to prescription plan.

Health Savings Account

A Health Savings Account (HSA) will be opened as part of your enrollment in the PPO Savings Plan. The HSA works very similar to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). The plan includes a debit card for easier access to funds and is administered by HealthEquity. Penn State will contribute funds to the account based on your salary, as outlined below. You also have the ability to contribute pre-tax funds through payroll.

  • Salary less than $45,000: $800 Individual/$1,600 Family.
  • Salary $45,000.01–60,000: $600 Individual/$1,200 Family.
  • Salary $60,000.01–90,000: $400 Individual/$800 Family.
  • Salary greater than $90,000.01: $200 Individual/$400 Family.
  • The HSA balance rolls from year to year and moves with you if you retire or change employers
  • Cannot be enrolled in both an HSA and FSA per IRS guidelines.
  • Cannot be enrolled in a Medicare or other insurance plan per IRS guidelines in order to own an HSA.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Pay for select medical and child care expenses on a pre-tax basis. The healthcare FSA includes a debit card for immediate access to funds.

  • The IRS requires substantiation for some debit card purchases; keep your receipts!
  • Health care account max of $2,500 per individual.
  • Child day care account max of $5,000 per family.
  • Convenient access to account information via HealthEquity online account.

Vision Coverage

Highmark Blue Shield’s vision plan, administered by Davis Vision, allows participants access to preventive eye exams as well as affordable glasses and lens coverage.

  • Frame allowance up $100 and coverage available at Visionworks stores.
  • Eye exam covered once per year; $20 co-pay.
  • Eyeglass/contact lenses + eyeglass frames covered every 2 years (19 and older); covered every year for age 18 and under.
  • Value-added features add deeper discounts for contacts and Lasik surgery.

Dental Coverage

Penn State’s partnership with United Concordia offers a competitive dental plan designed to promote a brighter smile and complete oral wellness.

  • Annual coverage maximum of $1,500.
  • Preventive services covered at 100%, basic services covered at 80%, and major services covered at 60% (in-network).
  • Non preventive services deductible of $50 individual/ $150 other coverage levels.
  • Orthodontic lifetime max of $1,500 per member.

Employee Assistance Program

The EAP is a confidential program to help resolve personal issues. Information, consultations and assistance are provided by trained counselors at Health Advocate.

  • 100% CONFIDENTIAL.
  • Five (5) visits per family member, per issue.
  • Now offering Healthcare Help for assistance with healthcare related issues.

Long-Term Disability

Penn State’s disability benefits are administered by Unum and provide up to 60% of salary or a maximum of $5,000 per month, after a period of 6 months if unable to work due to illness or injury.

  • Optional coverage; guaranteed acceptance when enrolling as a "new hire."
  • Premiums based on your gross salary.
  • Add Retirement Income Protection (RIP) to continue your retirement contributions.

Life Insurance

All full-time faculty and staff employees receive a $20,000 Unum life insurance policy at no cost. Optional life insurance is available up to $1.5 million for the employee. Optional dependent coverage is available for a spouse up to $250,000 and child(ren) at $5,000.

  • Elect optional age-graded life insurance between 1 times your salary up to the lesser of 8 times your salary or $1.5 million.
  • Guaranteed acceptance when enrolling as a "new hire." Election during other times of the year will require Evidence of Insurability (EOI) with Unum.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)

Penn State’s AD&D insurance is administered by Unum and provides coverage both on and off the job, anywhere in the world. Dependent coverage is also available.

  • Optional coverage with no proof of good health.
  • Coverage amounts ranging from $10,000 to $300,000.

Penn State Employee Benefits, The 331 Building, Suite 136, University Park, PA 16802 HR Services: (814) 865-1473, Fax: (814) 865-7145

Retirement Savings

Eligible faculty and staff must elect to participate in one of two retirement options. The Defined Contribution Plan (administered by TIAA) or the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS).

  • TIAA requires you to contribute 5% of your gross wages; Penn State contributes 9.29%.
  • SERS requires you to contribute 6.25% of your gross wages; Penn State contribution governed by state law.

Retirement Healthcare Savings Plan

Penn State will make monthly contributions to the savings plan for full-time faculty and staff hired on or after January 1, 2010; if eligible upon retirement, the accumulated savings can be used to purchase health insurance and other qualified medical expenses.

  • The University remits $144 per month into an account for you each month.
  • There is NO required contribution from you.
  • This is a tax-free reimbursement to you for qualified healthcare expenses after retirement.

Supplemental Retirement Plans

Penn State employees have the option to contribute more to retirement. You can choose from 403(b) and 457(b) plans offered by TIAA.

  • Available regardless of whether you participate in TIAA or SERS for your regular retirement plan.
  • Annual contribution limit of $18,500 (plus an additional $6,000 if 50 or older), in both 403(b) and 457(b) accounts.

Educational Privileges

Educational privileges are available to regular full-time faculty and staff members, their spouse, and their children. The grant-in-aid is for 75% of the tuition charge and applies to Penn State resident instruction and continuing education credit courses.

  • Employees and spouses may use the discount toward all degree levels, no waiting period.
  • Dependents are eligible up to age 26; see additional eligibility rules in Policy HR37.