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Health Coverage

Drexel University is committed to providing high-quality health, dental and vision care to regular full-time and part-time employees.

As a subsidized benefit, these plans require an employee contribution. All employee contributions are made through payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis. If you have any questions, please contact the Drexel University Benefits Center, powered by WEX at 1.844.690.3992 or Representatives are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET.

The healthcare experts at Health Advocate can help you understand your coverage, explain your share of the costs (i.e. deductibles, copays, and coinsurance), locate in-network providers and more.

Helpful Resources

For specific benefit inquiries, contact the Drexel University Benefits Center, powered by WEX, at 1.844.690.3992 or Representatives are available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET.

The healthcare experts at Health Advocate can help you understand your coverage, explain your share of the costs (i.e. deductibles, copays, and coinsurance), locate in-network providers, and more. Call for a free consultation at 1.866.695.8622.

Create an online account with our benefit providers to manage your benefits, locate participating providers, print temporary ID cards, and access a variety of additional benefit resources.

Benefit Provider Online Phone Number
Independence Blue Cross 1.800.ASK.BLUE
CIGNA Dental 1.800.244.6224
OptumRx 1.855.796.3480


Role Definition Chart

Job Role Hours/Work Requirements 
Full-time Faculty  100% teaching appointment
Full-time Professional Staff Regularly work 40 hours per week
Part-time Faculty At least a 50% appointment, but less than 100%
Part-time Professional Staff Regularly work between 20 and 39 hours per week

*The chart above includes Drexel University and Academy of Natural Sciences employees.


Dependents are defined as the following:

  • Legal spouse or domestic partner
  • Dependent children up to age 26:
    • Biological child
    • Legally adopted children
    • Stepchild/Stepchildren
    • A child living with you for whom you are appointed the legal guardian by court and for whom you are financially responsible

If you are enrolling a dependent on your benefits plan, you will be required to supply proof of dependency/marital status and their coverage will be pending until verification requirements are fulfilled.

Domestic Partners

Domestic partners are eligible to receive health benefits through Drexel University. The term "domestic partner" refers to an individual (18 years or older) who is in a committed, amorous relationship with another individual (18 years or older) of the same or different gender. A domestic partner is neither married to, nor related by blood or adoption, to the other individual. Neither individual may be married to, or in another domestic partnership or civil union with someone else.

Under current tax laws, the employee will incur taxable income equal to the value of the benefits provided to the domestic partner or domestic partner's dependent children unless such individuals qualify as the employee's tax qualified dependents and the employee files an Affidavit of Tax Qualified Dependents.

Medical Plan Summaries

Medical Plan Comparison Charts

Medical Plan Highlights


Summary of Benefits Coverage

Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP)

Our Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) is a high-quality, low-cost medical plan, with a higher deductible than the Keystone Point of Service and Personal Choice plans and is offered in conjunction with a Health Savings Account (HSA).

HSAs are administered by WEX, partnered with OptumBank. Upon enrollment, employees must complete an attestation process authorizing vendors to open a bank account to accept employee and employer contributions, if applicable.

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. Please note that when an employee separates from the University, the HSA is subject to Optum bank fees.

HSA funds can be used to save for future medical expenses or help bridge the gap of benefits until the annual health plan deductible is met. The University contributes 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. If enrollment occurs outside of Open Enrollment, the University contributions made to the HSA will be prorated based on the table below.

  1/1-3/31 4/1-6/30  7/1-9/30  10/1-12/31
Individual Coverage $500 $375 $250 $125
Family Coverage $1,000 $750 $500 $250
*Employee funding will be credited in your HSA account after your first medical premium deduction.

For 2023, the HSA contribution maximums, are $3,850 for individual coverage and $7,750 for family coverage. The annual catch-up contribution for age 55 and older is $1,000.

Enrollees will be able to make mid-year changes to their contributions and view account information and transactions through the My Drexel Benefits portal, accessed by logging in to DrexelOne, under the Employee Tab.

Point of Service (POS) Plan(s)

Drexel offers two Point of Service (POS) options to employees who live in or around the Greater Philadelphia area. Depending on where you live, will determine your eligibility in either the Keystone POS plan or the AmeriHealth POS plan.

Both plans do require participants to designate a Primary Care Physician (PCP) for yourself and covered dependents. This PCP manages your care and would need to provide a referral if you need to visit with a Specialist. If you need to change mid-year, call 1800-ASK-BLUE to update your Primary Care Physician, or you can create an account at to do so online.

Point-of-Service Map
Keystone POS Area

The Keystone POS service area includes the Greater Philadelphia five counties of Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware. It also includes the respective contiguous counties that border the five counties. Those contiguous counties are:

  • DE: New Castle
  • MD: Cecil
  • NJ: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Hunter, Mercer, Salem, Warren
  • PA: Berks, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton

The following states/counties would be eligible for the AmeriHealth POS plan:

  • DE: Kent; Sussex
  • MD: Caroline, Harford, Kent, Wicomico, Worcester
  • NJ: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union

View a breakdown of both the Point of Service plans zip code areas via this Excel spreadsheet.

Employees will see their benefit options in the enrollment system based on their zip code, so if where you live is not listed above, you will only have access to the PPO plans (Basic, High and CDHP).

Benefits under AmeriHealth mirror those of Keystone; however, the network expands a bit further, allowing Drexel to offer a Point of Service option to those who are still close to Philadelphia, but not truly in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Prescriptions are offered through IBX regardless of which medical plan is elected.

Note: If you move to a location that no longer supports either of the Keystone or AmeriHealth Point of Service plans, you will be required to choose new coverage, or waive participation. An enrollment window will be opened allowing you 31 days to take action. If no choice is made within that timeline, you will be auto-enrolled into Personal Choice PPO Basic at the employee only level, with payroll deduction applied to the next pay.

Please contact the Drexel University Benefits Center at 1844.690.3992 for more questions on what happens to your medical benefits if you move outside of the designated zip code area.

Network Definitions and Searching for Participating Providers

Drexel University Tiered Network Definitions

In order to provide employees the best access to care, Drexel has partnered with Independence Blue Cross to offer a three-tiered network approach. Below we breakdown how those networks are designed for clearer understanding:

  • Tier 1: University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Tower Health Hospital systems and practices are considered Tier 1 Providers for Drexel medical plans.
  • Tier 2: Independence Blue Cross in-network providers who participate with Drexel's medical plans.
  • Tier 3: All other providers that are not in either the Tier 1 or Tier 2 network. Also referred to as "self-referred or out-of-network" providers. If you utilize Tier 3 providers, you will have the highest out-of-pocket cost.
  • For more information on how costs for Tier 1 providers differs from in-network, a.k.a. Tier 2, and out-of-network/self-referred providers, please refer to the documents for your chosen medical plan above.

How to Search for a Provider

To do a provider search while enrolled in the Keystone POS, Personal Choice PPO or Consumer Directed Health Plan (CDHP) plan, you will need to:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Scroll down to section entitled “Providers” Doctors, hospitals, medical equipment, and specialty services; click on "Learn More."
  3. Choose a location (zip code or city, state) or Ssgn in to your plan using username and password when you registered using your medical ID card.
  4. On the next page, at top right, click on "All Plans," and enter "Drexel" to locate your Drexel Preferred POS or PPO plan (PPO is also applicable to CDHP participants).
  5. Personal Choice PPO and CDHP participants travelling or located out of the Philadelphia network area should select the National BlueCard PPO option when searching for participating providers for your location.
  6. Confirm section.
  7. Begin search by selecting "Doctors by Name/Specialty" or "Places by Name/Type." You can also select advanced searches (ex. Languages, remote services, location, gender, etc.).
  8. When the search is completed, you can view whether each result is a Tier 1 or Tier 2 provider. There is also an option to build a directory by emailing yourself a copy or downloading it as a pdf document.
  9. For Keystone POS participants, you can view the NPI# that is identified for primary care providers (PCP) as well as for specialists that require a referral from your PCP before receiving services.

How to Search for an AmeriHealth Provider

To do a provider search you will need to navigate to

  • Choose AmeriHealth Pennsylvania (regardless if you live in PA or not)
  • Click on the 'Find a Doctor' link in the middle of the page
  • On the next page, you will be asked to enter Your Location on the top left. You can enter your zip code or city and state.
  • Click on the 'Your Plan' link, and a box labeled "Choose your plan to get started" should appear. Scroll down inside the box and select Company Specific Networks.
  • Preferred POS will populate in the Your Plan field; click on it.
  • You can either click on the magnifying glass icon for a broad search. Or narrow your search by filtering the 'Select a category' (by name or specialty) option.


Employees participating in Drexel's medical plans have access to Telemedicine, TeleBehaviorial and TeleDermotology through MDLive. This is a convenient way to get care – anytime, anywhere – when you can't get to your doctor. MDLive provides secure, 24/7 access via secure video chat, telephone or mobile application to board-certified physicians who can treat non-emergency conditions such as: colds and flu, allergies, asthma, sinus problems, ear infections and more.

Participants in the Point-of-Service and Personal Choice PPO plans will have no co-pay. The chart below reflects the costs under the CDHP:

General Medicine  $64 
Dermatology $94
Behavioral Health $90-$250

For more details, visit or call 877.764.6605

J-1 Scholar Medical Plan Options

Medical & Prescription Drug Coverage

Medical Coverage

Drexel University has partnered with Independence Blue Cross (IBX) for many years to offer excellent health benefits to our employees. In an effort to enhance the benefits package even further, Drexel University has partnered with the facilities and providers of Penn Medicine and Tower Health. If you or a dependent family member is enrolled in one of the Drexel University Health Plans and you receive services at a facility or provider within the Penn Medicine or Tower Health network, your medical out-of-pocket cost will be lower compared to out-of-pocket costs for other providers in the Independence network.

For customer service, call 1.800. ASK.BLUE (1.800.275.2583) or register online with your identification card at

Prescription Drug Coverage

Drexel's medical and prescription drug plans are administered through Independence Blue Cross in collaboration with OptumRx. You will receive safe, affordable access to covered medications with the convenience of having one ID card and one website to access both medical and prescription drug information.

For customer service related to prescription drug coverage, call 1.888.678.7012. The Independence Blue Cross website also 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.

To receive the medical waiver credit, employees must actively waive participation in either their new hire enrollment window timeframe, when experiencing a qualifying life event, or during the University's designated annual Open Enrollment period.

Newly hired employees have 31 days from their hire date to make elections. Failing to waive or elect medical coverage will result in automatic enrollment to a Point of Service (or PPO Basic, if out of area) Plan, and deductions will be withheld from your first available pay after your new hire enrollment window closes.

Employees who waive their medical/prescription coverage are required to actively re-certify the intent to waive coverage each year during the annual Open Enrollment period. Employees who would like to waive their medical/prescription coverage and maintain the waiver status must are required to actively re-certify their intent to waive coverage each year during the annual Open Enrollment period.

Dental Coverage


Drexel University offers employees three dental options, a DHMO plan, a Base plan and a Preferred plan, all through CIGNA. These plans provide a solid base of preventive and restorative services.

Review the Dental Plan Comparison Chart [PDF] for a side-by-side view of all three Drexel Dental Plans.


This plan requires you to select a primary dental provider for routine, preventative and diagnostic care and this dentist will refer you to specialists as needed. To find an in-network provider visit

Base Plan

Preferred Plan

Dental ID Cards

Participants in the DHMO plan will receive an ID card in the mail.

Cigna does not issue insurance cards to participants in the Base and Preferred. A personalized ID card can be printed after creating an online account at Base and Preferred plans utilize the "core" network and have the group number 3333911.

Vision Coverage

Davis Vision

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.

Davis Vision Provider Search

The Davis Vision portal is accessible through participant registration: You will need your IBC insurance identification card to register.

  • Visit and select Log In/register (top right of screen).
  • Once in the system, select Vision Option.
  • Search for Doctors & Hospitals.
    • Click on the blue arrow that appears on your screen, on the next page select: Select Find an Eye care Professional located at top left of page.
  • Proceed with populating the information (ex. zip code & type of search (full service, contact lenses, etc.).
    • You have the option to download your search as a .pdf document for future use.