Penn State is committed to providing quality, affordable, and accessible medical coverage for its employees and their family members. The University’s comprehensive coverage includes medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision options. Health care coverage is available for all full-time employees, their spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children. Coverage may begin immediately upon hire and is available in the following categories:

Medical Coverage 

Penn State’s strategic partnership with Highmark Blue Shield offers a wellness-focused medical plan that empowers employees and their family members with resources to help them live well. Designed exclusively for the Penn State community, our preferred provider option (PPO) plan offers coverage far superior to medical plans offered by most other employers. 

Prescription Drug Coverage

Penn State’s unique three-tier prescription drug plan provides coverage options for all FDA-approved medications. In addition to retail pharmacies, Penn State’s prescription plan also offers two reduced-cost, mail-order options. Our University Park campus even offers the convenience of a full-service, on-site pharmacy.

Dental Coverage 

Penn State’s partnership with United Concordia provides coverage for a broad range of dental services, including orthodontics.

Vision Coverage 

Our vision plan provides eye examinations, conventional corrective lenses, contact lenses, and frames through a nationwide network of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. Penn State’s vision plan also offers a popular discount on LASIK eye surgery.

Health Care Reimbursement Account

As a voluntary Flexible Spending Account, this benefit offers the advantage of increasing your take-home pay while also reimbursing you for out-of-pocket health care expenses. Part of your salary is set aside on a pre-tax basis, helping you save on taxes. Same salary, but more money for you.