Penn State 2023 Benefits Open Enrollment


Please find below important information about the upcoming Benefits Open Enrollment for 2023 with Highmark Blue Shield:

  • Starting January 1, 2023, Penn State will be partnering with Highmark Blue Shield.
  • Highmark will provide 2 plans; Lion Advantage (formerly PPO Savings plan), and the Lion Traditional (formerly PPO plan).
    • Lion Advantage (formerly PPO Savings plan)
      • If it is your intention to stay in the same type of plan for 2023, you MUST complete Benefits Open Enrollment to “enroll” in the Health Savings Account (HSA) for 2023 to appropriately receive the Penn State seed money. Information about seed money for 2023 can be found on the Health Savings Account webpage.
    • Lion Traditional (formerly PPO plan)
      • If you received a salary adjustment this year, the “deductible tier” for your medical plan may now be different. For deductible tier information, see Lion Traditional coverage webpage. Employees whose deductible tier will change for 2023, MUST make an election during Benefits Open Enrollment, or you will default to NO coverage.
  • Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Rollover - If you wish to utilize the rollover feature that allows $570 from your 2022 Health Care FSA to carry into 2023, you MUST elect the FSA during Benefits Open Enrollment.
  • Employees RETIRING on December 31, 2022, should NOT complete the Benefits Open Enrollment. Enrolling as a retiree in the medical plan is a separate process and will be completed at the time of retirement. Please join a Preparing to Retire webinar to learn more details.
  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Employees with questions should visit our frequently asked questions.


Presentation Schedule
Presentation Schedule
Lion Advantage Plan
Lion Advantage
(formerly PPO Savings plan) Coverage
Lion Traditional Plan
Lion Traditional
(formerly PPO plan) Coverage
PPO Savings Plan Coverage
Health Savings
Flexible Spending Accounts
Flexible Spending
Premium Comparison
Health Care Premium Comparison
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Short-term Disability Insurance
Short-term Disability
Vision Insurance
Long-term Disability
Life Insurance