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Health Coverage

Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

The University of Scranton offers individual and/or dependent coverage to employees, with their choice of two different medical plans, both of which have prescription drug, dental and vision components.  Coverage begins on the first day of the first full month of employment.  If the first or second day(s) of the month fall on a weekend then the first workday of the month will be considered the first of the month for the purposes of this section.

Employees may also opt out of health insurance coverage.  The University sponsors an opt out plan that offers cash payments to those full-time employees who waive medical coverage and who provide proof that coverage is provided elsewhere.  Participation in the opt out plan takes effect on the first of the month following election.

Plan election changes may be made during the open enrollment period which takes place during the month of November each year. These changes take effect January 1 of each year.  Outside of Open Enrollment, changes in enrollment can only be mad following a "qualifying life event."  A qualifying life event includes loss of other coverage, marriage, divorce, birth or adoption, change in eligibility for Medicare or CHiP.   

*** Due to open enrollment health plan information including the cost sheets and outlines of benefits are available on the Open Enrollment page.  This benefits page will be updated and available for self-service come the first of the new year.  ***

Should  you have questions or require additional information we encourage you to attend one of the information sessions.  Representatives from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, now Highmark, will be present to provide an overview of the health plans and to answer any questions you may have regarding your medical and prescription coverage. In addition, a representative from the Office of Human Resources will attend each of the Information Sessions to provide enrollment forms, answer questions and provide information on the Flexible Spending Account.

Active employees may choose from the following medical plans:

  • BlueCare HMO Plus
  • PPO Blue
  • Classic Blue (for those hired before 2016)
  • Signature 65 (please contact the Office of Human Resources at (570) 941-7767 for additional information)

A list of Highmark participating providers can be searched at:

The Highmark Prescription coverage and cost formulary is available at: