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Status of Drexel Preferred (Tier 1) Health Coverage Options

August 2019

The closure of Hahnemann Hospital will impact current benefits-eligible employees who use medical services at Hahnemann or by Drexel University College of Medicine physicians.

Under Independence Blue Cross, Drexel University established a relationship with Hahnemann and its clinical practices as a Drexel Preferred (Tier 1) service provider. This allowed benefits-eligible employees and their enrolled dependents to receive care at Hahnemann and Drexel University College of Medicine physicians at a reduced cost share. With the closure of Hahnemann, some employees may need to find alternative providers. Drexel is working on modifying the list of Preferred Tier 1 providers for the remainder of 2019 in an effort to continue to provide our employees cost saving medical options.

Ongoing Tier 1 Services for the 2019 Calendar Year

Effective immediately and for the remainder of calendar year 2019, employees who utilized Hahnemann Hospital for medical services in the past year can obtain the Drexel Preferred (Tier 1) rates with providers affiliated with the Tower Health network and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) network. Additionally, Jefferson Hospital obstetrics and gynecology services will be classified as Drexel Preferred (Tier 1).

Your Drexel primary care doctor may still be providing services under the Drexel Preferred (Tier 1) rates through Tower Health, so before you initiate any changes, we encourage you to contact them first to ask questions related to current and future care planning and needs, in addition to gathering information about other hospitals they may be affiliated with.

Other in-network hospitals will continue to be billed at the in-network rate. Non-obstetrics and gynecology services at Jefferson Hospital will also be billed at in-network rates. For details about these rates, please review the 2019 Drexel University Medical Plan Comparison Chart [PDF]. Additional information about Drexel health coverage plans is located on the Drexel HR website.

It is recommended that anyone who has seen (or is currently seeing) a Hahnemann-affiliated physician should request their medical records by calling the Medical Records Department at 215.762.7680.

We understand that this can be a difficult time for our employees and we are doing everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible. Please contact the Drexel University HR Service Center at 215.895.2850 or with further questions.