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Resources for New and Expecting Parents at Drexel

Resources for New and Expecting Parents

Drexel University is committed to supporting new and expecting parents through this exciting time in their lives. The information detailed below provides an overview of the benefits and resources that may be available to you as an employee.

Family Preparation

Health Insurance Benefits

Baby BluePrints

Flexible Spending Accounts

Nutrition Support

Pregnancy Accommodations

Family Medical Leave

Preparing for Baby Checklist

Qualified Life Events

Lactation Spaces

Additional Support Services


Family Preparation

  • Finding a Doctor –
    • Drexel doctors can be found at www.drexelmedicine.org. Employees covered under Drexel University plans and utilizing Drexel doctors have reduced cost sharing.
    • Employees insured under Drexel University plans can search for providers at www.ibx.com
  • Additional assistance locating a provider and setting up appointments is offered to employees by Health Advocate.
  • Health benefit resources that may be helpful during this time (contact your health insurance provider to confirm your benefits)
    • Preventive Screenings
    • Wellness visits to your primary care physician and OBGYN
    • Flu vaccinations
    • Immunizations
    • Nutritional Counseling
  • Short Term Disability
    • This program provides a benefit of 60 percent of your weekly base pay when you are out on an approved disability. Benefits begin following 30 days of continuous disability and the exhaustion of sick days. Premiums are paid on a post-tax basis so that the plan’s benefit is non-taxable.
    • Full and part time benefit-eligible Faculty and Professional Staff members are eligible to enroll in short term disability coverage through the Benefits Service Center as a new hire or during Open Enrollment each year.
    • An employee must already be enrolled in this benefit for the plan year in which a period of disability commences. Enrollment at time of disability or in anticipation of disability outside of open enrollment is not permitted.

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Health Insurance Benefits

This section provides an overview of the benefits that may be available to you through your health insurance and prescription provider. Please contact your insurance company directly to obtain more detailed information about the benefits available to your family.

If you are covered under Drexel University’s medical plan Blue Cross can be reached at 1-800-ASK-BLUE, and all plan summaries are posted on the Subsidized Benefits page of the Human Resources website. Express Scripts can be reached at 1-800-864-1140.

Medical

  • Lactation Support
  • Breast Pumps
  • Maternity Care        
  • Home blood-pressure machines for pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Home health care for early postpartum discharge from the hospital
  • Child CPR Discount
  • Counseling services
  • Hahnemann Hospital in-patient co-pay reimbursement
    • Employees covered under Drexel University’s Keystone or Personal Choice Plans only
  • Case management provided by a nurse to assist you throughout pregnancy
  • Baby BluePrints is a program offered by Independence Blue Cross for expecting mothers

Prescription

  • Prenatal vitamins prescribed by your physician

Dental 

  • Additional services and reduced costs may be available to you through your dental plan during pregnancy.

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Baby BluePrints

Independence Blue  Cross offers a maternity program for covered members called Baby BluePrints. This program is provided at no cost and can help you plan for a health pregnancy, delivery, and beyond. They will also provide you information about lactation support and your breast pump benefits.

Baby BluePrints Flyer [PDF]

Baby BluePrints Brochure [PDF]

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Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow employees to put aside money before taxes to use for certain medical, daycare, and transportation costs. The birth of a child and new enrollment into a daycare both are considered Qualified Life Events that allow employees to make changes to their current election. For information and details on submitting claims through the Flexible Spending Accounts, contact the Benefit Service Center at 888-971-0101.

Health Care
The Health Care Spending Account is a pre-tax savings account to be used for un-reimbursed healthcare expenses for you and your eligible dependents. Such expenses include coinsurance and deductible amounts, office visit and prescription drug co-pays, orthodontia, chiropractic care, laser eye surgery and eye glasses/contact lenses. The program carries a $2,500 annual plan maximum as well as “Use It or Lose It” provision, where all claims must be incurred by December 31 of the plan year. Drexel also allows a roll-over that will automatically roll up to $500 in unused funds from one plan year into the next if the funds go unused.
To view a list of eligible and ineligible expenses, please log into the enrollment system through DrexelOne.

Dependent Care
The Dependent Care Spending Account is an FSA that allows you to be reimbursed for expenses relating to the care of your dependents while you (and your spouse) are at work or attend school full time. The Dependent Care Spending Account can be used for:

  • Pre- and after school daycare expenses for children up to age 13
  • Non-residential summer camp expenses for children up to age 13
  • Full-day daycare expenses for children up to kindergarten 
  • Expenses for non-residential daycare for an eligible parent or parent-in-law

The Program carries a $5,000 annual plan maximum (this amount is limited to $2,500 in the case of a separate return filed by a married individual) as well as a “Use It or Lose It” provision, where all claims must be incurred by December 31 of the plan year.
To view a list of eligible and ineligible expenses, please log into the enrollment system through DrexelOne.
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Nutrition Support

  • Nutritional counseling through your medical plan     
  • Dragon Nutrition offers free individualized nutrition sessions with a registered dietitian for benefit-eligible Drexel employees.

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Pregnancy Accommodations

Under the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance employees are entitled to reasonable workplace adjustments due to pregnancy. It is the employee’s right to ask their supervisor for bathroom breaks, rest breaks, help with manual labor or lifting items, changes to your work environment, or unpaid medical leave without penalty. To request an accommodation, or for additional information, please contact the Office of Disability Resources at 215-895-1401. 

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Family Medical Leave

Family Medical Leave is administered by our vendor, Guardian, in conjunction with the benefits team in Human Resources. Please refer to the Family and Medical Leave policy number HR-33 for additional information.

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Preparing for Baby Checklist

This checklist provides an overview of the steps necessary to make the preparation for your leave, and return to work, as seamless as possible.

  1. Submit your claim for Family Medical Leave 30 days in advance of your due date or planned delivery.
  2. Once you go out on leave your department should notify Human Resources (HR) of the start date of your leave.
  3. Advise HR of any vacation or sick time taken in the current pay period prior to the start of your leave.
  4. If you are covered through Drexel University sign up for Baby Blueprints with Independence Blue Cross (1-800-ASK-BLUE). Baby BluePrints Brochure [PDF]
  5. Notify Guardian of your baby’s date of birth.
  6. Within 31 days of your baby’s birth report a Qualified Life Event to the Benefits Service Center to make any necessary changes to your benefit enrollment.
  7. Submit the birth certificate to HR.
  8. Guardian treats maternity leave as two separate Family Medical Leave claims. The first claim is for the employee’s own serious health condition and covers the time that the treating physician certifies an employee as disabled after your child’s birth. Once this period of disability ends, at typically 6-8 weeks, a second claim must be opened for baby bonding time if the employee wishes to remain on leave. Employees must contact Guardian directly to extend their leave past the period of disability.
  9. Upon your return to work your department should notify HR of your first day back.
  10. Human Resources will submit your time through the pay period in which you return to work. Notify HR of any sick or vacation time taken in the pay period you return after you return to work.

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Qualified Life Events

A Qualified Life Event is a change in your family or employment status that may allow you to make certain benefit changes. If you experience a Qualified Life Event change and wish to add or drop a dependent(s) for coverage purposes, you must do so within 31 days of the qualifying event. Changes must be consistent with the qualifying life event.  

  • The birth, or adoption, of a child is considered a Qualified Life Event. You must report the birth of your newborn, or the adoption of your child, to the Benefits Service Center within 31 days of birth or adoption to add your baby to coverage. For additional information please review the Qualified Life Events page.
  • First 30 days: Your newborn is covered by Pennsylvania State Law for the first 30 days of life under the mother’s medical insurance plan. Please note you must contact Human Resources within 31 days of birth to request your baby be added to your plan for the first 30 days of life only.

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Lactation Spaces

Designated Lactation Spaces

Queen Lane Campus

Room G-19

The room is equipped with a desk, table and chairs available.

Please contact the security desk for access to this room.


Center City Campus

Bellet Building, 1505 Race Street, 3rd Floor, 305-307C

This space is equipped with a table and chairs.

Please contact Human Resources at 215.762.3988 to reserve this space.


Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street, Room 350

Please contact Angelique Jones-Loughrey at 215.553.7012 or avl38@drexel.edu to reserve the space.


University City Campus

Nesbitt Hall, Room 128-C

This room is equipped with a table, chair, and mini-fridge.

Please contact Jennifer Breaux at 267.359.6086 or jrb43@drexel.edu to reserve the space.

 

3600 Market Street, Room 719

This room is equipped with a table, chair, and mini-fridge.

Please contact Victoria Egan at 267.359.6236 or vse24@drexel.edu to reserve the space.


Swing Spaces

Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Exhibits

This room is equipped with a sink. A refrigerator is also available upon request.

Please contact Jen Sontchi at 215.299.1120 or jts328@drexel.edu to reserve this space.


University City Campus

3201 Arch Street, Suite 430

This room is equipped with a table and chair.

Please contact Human Resources at 215.895.2850 to reserve this space.

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Additional Support Services

Health Advocate

Health Advocate offers a variety of support services to Drexel University employees and their family members at no cost. They can be reached at 1-866-799-2728 or online at www.healthadvocate/com/drexel.

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Counseling Referrals
  • Medical bill review and resolution
  • Assistance locating doctors and hospitals and scheduling appointments
  • Short-term assistance for personal and family issues
  • Assistance locating a daycare

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