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Health Coverage

Drexel University is committed to providing high-quality health, dental and vision care to regular full- and part-time employees. As a subsidized benefit, these plans require an employee contribution. All employee contributions are made through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis.

2018 Plan Rate Summaries

Medical Coverage

The Benefits plan offers the following medical coverage options, allowing employees to pick the best plan for them.

Keystone POS and Personal Choice Plans:

High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP):
The Drexel HDHP is a high-quality, low cost medical plan, with a higher deductible than the Keystone POS and Personal Choice plans and is offered in conjunction with a Health Savings Account (HSA).

An HSA is a tax-advantaged medical savings account owned by the faculty or professional staff member and designed to be used in conjunction with a federally qualified high deductible health insurance plan. Money contributed to the account is not subject to federal tax at the time of deposit (pre-tax dollars). Unlike amounts in flexible spending accounts that are forfeited if not used by the end of the year, unused HSA funds remain available for use in later years, are portable and can grow tax-free through investment earnings, just like an IRA.

HSA funds can be used to save for future medical expenses or help bridge the gap to benefits until the annual health plan deductible is met. The University will contribute up to $500 to each HSA account with individual coverage or $1,000 for those with family coverage based on the effective date of their enrollment.

Effective Date of Coverage Employee Only Coverage Employee + Dependent Coverage
January 1 – March 31 $500 $1,000
April 1 – June 30 $375 $750
July 1 – September 30 $250 $500
October 1 – December 31 $125 $250
* Employer funding will be credited in your HSA account after your first medical premium deduction.

Online Benefits Management:

  • The Independence Blue Cross website allows members to search for participating providers, print out temporary ID cards, request new ID cards, and view processed claims.
  • Drexel Medicine participating doctors can be found at
  • Changes to your benefit elections can be made by contacting the Benefits Service Center, accessed through DrexelOne.

Medical Plan Comparison Chart [PDF]
Please review the Medical Plan Comparison Chart to compare the benefit services and prescription coverage for all medical plans offered.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Drexel University has transitioned prescription coverage to OptumRx effective January 1, 2018. There are no changes to the prescription copays. The same prescription drug coverage is included in all medical plans. However, those enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan must meet their plan's deductible before the co-pays apply. Individuals on maintenance medications have reduced co-pays if they utilize the mail order program or a participating retail pharmacy for a 90 day supply.

  • New prescription identification cards were mailed for January 1, 2018 use. OptumRx also allows members to print an ID card on their website and/or display their card through a mobile application.
  • Home delivery of specialty medications will change from Accredo to BriovaRx. Members who use specialty medications will call BriovaRx or register online in January (1.855.4BRIOVA or A representative will then contact the physician and make all necessary arrangements. More information can be found in the Transitioning to OptumRx PDF document below.
  • A 30-day retail supply of Generic drugs have a $10 co-pay.
  • Preferred Brand drugs have a $30 co-pay.
  • Non-preferred Brand drugs have a $50 copay.
  • Mail order copays for a 90-day mail-order supply are $20, $60 and $100 respectively.
  • Employees are able to purchase a 90-day prescription supply, at mail-order prices, at participating pharmacies.
  • Transitioning to OptumRx [PDF]
  • Welcome to OptumRx [PDF]
  • Navigate the OptumRx Consumer Portal [PDF]
  • OptumRx 2018 Formulary [PDF]
  • OptumRx Mail Order Form [PDF]
  • Customer Service phone line: 1.855.796.3480

Online Benefits Management: The OptumRx website allows members to order prescriptions to be delivered by mail, price and compare drugs, and access health and medication information.

Medical/Prescription Coverage Waiver Bonus

Full-time benefits eligible faculty and professional staff who have coverage through a spouse or other source (other than Medicare), may waive their medical benefit to receive a credit. Employees can earn up to $800 in waiver credits yearly. In combination with participation in the Wellness Incentive Program, which can earn up to $400 yearly, that's an annual total of $1,200 in incentives.

To receive the medical waiver credit, employees must actively waive in either their new hire enrollment window timeframe, or during the University's designated Open Enrollment period before the new plan year.

Employees who waive their medical/prescription coverage are required to submit a new waiver, along with a form yearly, for verification purposes.

Dental Coverage

Drexel University offers employees two dental options, a Base and a Preferred plan, both through CIGNA. These plans operate as fee-for-service dental plans and provide a solid base of preventive and restorative services. The Preferred plan, however, provides higher reimbursement percentages for most dental services.

Cigna does not send out insurance cards to participants. Generic cards are available at the front desk of the Human Resources suite or a personalized ID card can be printed after creating an online account at

Both plans utilize the "core" network and have the group number 3333911.

Vision Coverage

Drexel's vision plan is offered through Davis Vision, administered through Independence Blue Cross. This plan offers coverage for services such as eye exams, frames and lenses, contact lenses as well as discounts on select eye care supplies. Davis Vision provides a schedule of in-network and out-of-network vision care services.

Vision insurance cards are mailed to participants from Independence Blue Cross and are similar in appearance to the medical cards. They can be identified by the word "Vision" at the bottom of the card.

Online Benefits Management: Employees can search for preferred vendors in the "Search for additional IBC providers, including vision and pharmacy" link located under the Find a Doctor section of the Independent Blue Cross website.

Benefits for Domestic Partners

Domestic partners are eligible to receive health benefits through Drexel University. Both opposite-sex and same-sex partners are eligible. For more information please visit the Benefits Service Center through DrexelOne or contact the Benefits Administration Team at 1.888.971.0101.

Have you considered Drexel for your healthcare needs?

We continue to encourage you to utilize Drexel Medicine for your healthcare needs. Drexel Medicine delivers exceptional, patient-focused health care to the Philadelphia region through their network of more than 275 teaching doctors from Drexel University College of Medicine. All of our medical plans offer a Drexel preferred coverage tier featuring $0 copays for primary care visits and reduced copays for specialist visits.

Drexel Medicine's primary care practices offer a VIP program for Drexel employees. More information is provided on the Drexel College of Medicine website.

Also consider Parkway Health & Wellness for your primary care and supplemental health services. Designed for research and practice, Parkway Health & Wellness of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions provides direct care services in a convenient Center City location, including comprehensive physical therapy services, behavioral health counseling services, nutrition sciences counseling services and primary care coordinated by certified registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants. For details, please visit the Parkway Health & Wellness webpage.