Open Enrollment – Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA and FSA

Open enrollment to add or change coverage to medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA is now open. You have until June 16th to make a change and submit your forms to HR for a July 1st effective date.

Note: You do not need to do anything if you do not want to make any changes to your coverage.

You will, however, need to complete new election forms if you want to continue to participate in the HSA, FSA Health Care or Dependent Care for 2017/18.

Please access the “Employee Benefits Enrollment Guide “for more information on how to add or change coverage. The most important pages in the Guide to read are pages 2 and 3. Both of these pages will provide you with an overview of the process, where to find rate information and enrollment/change forms and benefit summaries.

New for 2017/18:

  • HSA employer contribution: $500 individual; $1,000 family (for employees earning less than $40,000)
  • Spousal Surcharge – there will be a $125 monthly surcharge if your spouse chooses to enroll in Allegheny College’s medical plan AND they have access to their employer’s group health plan.  You will need to complete the “Affidavit for Spousal Coverage” (p.12) in order to not pay the surcharge.
  • Prescription Drug Coverage – Highmark/Express Scripts Pharmacy will be the prescription drug plan administrator. Members will receive new medical cards with the Rx information included on the card.
  • Wellness Program – will continue to be available to employees with Allegheny College’s support however participation in the program is on a voluntary basis and will not be incentivized

Informational sessions were held on May 16th to discuss the new offerings and to answer any questions about the benefit plans.  To view the Open Enrollment Guide, click here.

Wellness Program – Employee Informational Meetings

To obtain information on the 2015-2016 Wellness Program, please click here.

HSA – Web Tutorial (Bank of America)

Learn how to manage your Health Savings account through Highmark (Bank of America) by viewing this web tutorial.  You will learn how to access your account on-line, how to submit and pay claims on-line and how to use your debit card.

Health Advocate Service from Highmark: myCare Navigator

Do you need help finding the right doctor…scheduling an appointment…assistance in expediting difficult appointments…transferring medical records…getting a second opinion…understanding your medical or prescription drug benefit…? 

Now, for Highmark members, getting help with these or other care-related services is as easy as dialing myCare Navigator at 1-888-BLUE-428.  There will be an option that you can choose to be connected with myCare Navigator

This service is free of charge to all Highmark members and their families (including spouses, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children) and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

When you call myCare Navigator, you will work with a dedicated Health Advocate who can answer your questions and help with any care related issue or concern.   Print the attached myCare Navigator informational sheet for easy reference when you need answers to your health-related questions. 

TIAA-CREF Financial Education Web Seminars

Whether you are a new employee, at mid-career, or nearing retirement, TIAA-CREF’s financial education Web seminars provide a convenient alternative for those who are unable to attend a live seminar or workshop.  

Tiaa-Cref’s Web seminars can provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to plan and invest wisely for the future.  The Web seminars include topics for new employees just starting out, employees approaching retirement, employees with 10 or more years before retirement, and information on staying on track in a volatile market. 

To view one of the above Tiaa-Cref Financial Education Web Seminars, click on the following link: