2018 Medical Benefits Plan Design
A review of the University’s third party administrators for health care and prescription drug benefits coverage has begun.
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For more than three years, faculty, staff and administrators with expertise in health care, health insurance and human resources have been exploring options for Penn State’s health care benefits and cost-sharing model.
Those experts comprise three distinct committees – the President’s Health Care Advisory Committee (HCAC), University Faculty Senate Benefits Committee (FSBC), and the Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits (JCIB) – and are charged with exploring questions, concerns and opportunities regarding employee benefits, and providing direction and recommendations to senior administration.
Two of the committees – FSBC and JCIB – are composed mainly of faculty, and were formed on the University principle of shared governance, while the HCAC includes both faculty and administration, and was formed on the principle of strategic expertise and implementation of benefits decisions.
Click on the video below to learn more about how shared governance at Penn State was applied to health care plan design decisions.
Click on the video below to learn more about the role faculty played in the 2018 medical benefits plan design.
Read more about the development of the 2018 medical benefits plan design at the links below.
University faculty, administrators discuss health care coverage options – Penn State Today, January 2016
Penn State exploring options for 2017 medical benefits plan design – Penn State Today, May 2016
Six Guiding Principles
Among the three committees’ most significant contributions was development of six guiding principles for the design of Penn State’s health care plan, which was approved as an advisory and consultative report by the Faculty Senate last year.