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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 made 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.   Forms need to be completed and returned to the Human Resources office within 30 days of the qualifying event and/or status change.

Active employees may choose from the following medical plans:

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

Cost share information is available by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (570) 941-7767 or by email at

A list of Highmark participating providers can be searched at:

The Highmark Prescription coverage and cost formulary is available at:

Customer Service Information:

  • Dental Insuranceplus or minus

    Dental Insurance: United Concordia Dental
         Customer Service: 1.800.332.0366

  • Health Insuranceplus or minus

    Health Insurance: Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
         Customer Service:

    • BlueCare HMO Plus: 1.800.822.8753
    • PPO Blue: 1.800.241.5704
    • Classic Blue: 1.800.241.5704

    Mail order Prescription form

  • SwiftMD, Telemedicine Servicesplus or minus

    SwiftMD: Telemedicine Services
         Customer Service: 1.877.999.7943 (877-www-swift)

  • Vision Insuranceplus or minus

    Vision Insurance: Fashion Advantage Vision Program
         Website: None, a Highmark product
         Customer Service: 1.800.223.4795