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New and Expecting Parents

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

Family Preparation

Finding a Doctor

Drexel doctors can be found at drexelmedicine.org. Employees covered under Drexel University plans and utilizing Drexel doctors have reduced cost sharing. Employees insured under Drexel University plans can also search for providers at ibx.com.

Short-Term Disability

Short-term disability is an employee-paid, voluntary benefit, insured through the Designated Insurance Carrier. This provides income continuation to faculty and professional staff members who are unable to work for a continuous period of more than 14 days due to a non-work related illness or injury, which prevents the performance of normal duties of their position.

As of January 2018, there will be a new, additional short-term disability plan, known as the enhanced plan. The standard plan will remain available. In order to access this benefit, election must be made during the Open Enrollment period, into one of these two plans for the plan year in which a disability commences. An employee cannot enroll in both plans.

Additional Assistance

Additional assistance to locate a provider and set up appointments is offered to employees through Health Advocate. Health Advocate offers a variety of additional support services to family members at no cost, such as:

  • 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

Health Advocate Contact information:

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

Health Insurance Benefits

Listed below is 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 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.

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. Information about lactation support and your breast pump benefits is also provided.

Baby BluePrints Flyer [PDF]
Baby BluePrints Brochure [PDF]

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 1.888.971.0101.

Health Care

The Health Care Spending Account is a pre-tax savings account to be used for unreimbursed 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 an annual plan maximum as well as "Use It or Lose It" provision, where all claims must be incurred by December 31st 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 in to the enrollment system through DrexelOne.

Dependent Care

The Dependent Care Spending Account 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 31st of the plan year.

To view a list of eligible and ineligible expenses, please log in to the enrollment system through DrexelOne.

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 Disability Resources at 215.895.1401.

Family Medical Leave Act

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 for additional information.

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).
  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 Human Resources.
  8. Upon your return to work your department should notify HR of your first day back.
  9. HR will submit your time through the pay period in which you return to work; be sure to notify HR of any sick or vacation time taken in this period.

Qualified Life Event/Mid-Year Life Change

A Qualified Life Event (or a Mid-Year Life Change) 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 in order 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.

Lactation Spaces

Designated Lactation Spaces

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.

3201 Arch Street, Room 223
This room is equipped with a table, chair and refrigerator.
Please contact the front desk in Human Resources at 215.895.2850 or hr@drexel.edu to reserve the space.

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.

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.

Swing Spaces

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.

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.

Drexel Parents Listserv

Drexel Parents is an informal group of Drexel employees who share advice and provide moral support for each other as working parents (and expecting parents) at Drexel. The listserv is open to any faculty or professional staff interested, and the group occasionally meets in person for brown-bag lunches. If you would like to be added to the list, please email Irene Tsikitas Lin at iet23@drexel.edu.