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2015 Rates - Retired and 70 before 2007 2015 Annual Notice of Change - Freedom Blue Members
Retiree Summary Plan Document PPO Blue Summary of Benefits

NEW - IRS Forms for 2016

Form 1095 for the Affordable Care Act is often called the “W-2 of benefits”.

Penn State will distribute 1095-B and 1095-C forms in early 2016. You will only receive one form or the other, 1095-B or 1095-C, based on the type of medical plan that you participate in through the University. These forms will be similar to your W-2 and will be required when filing your taxes with the IRS. The 1095-B or 1095-C will be mailed to your home address from Equifax, Penn State’s partner in 1095 form administration.

The 1095-A form is distributed to individuals who participate in the state and/or federally operated Health Insurance Marketplace. These forms do not come from Penn State as they are not related to University-sponsored coverage.


RETIREE BILLING UPDATE:  The Retiree Bill to cover premiums for July 2015 - December 2015 is scheduled to mail TUESDAY, AUGUST 25.

Zostavax/Shingles Vaccine For Medicare-eligible FreedomBlue PPO members:

This vaccine is covered under the Part D drug benefit. You will pay the $20 prescription copay if you receive the vaccine at a pharmacy that provides them. A great resource for you is the pharmacy at Wegman’s, who has stores across the state of Pennsylvania, for your convenience. To find a Wegman’s pharmacy near you, please use the "Find your store" feature on the Wegman's website

If you have questions regarding Geisinger physician or coverage of the Zostavax/Shingles vaccine, please call Highmark’s FreedomBlue PPO customer service at (866) 918-5285.

Important Updates

Updated Geisinger Information:

For the Medicare-eligible retirees in the FreedomBlue PPO, effective March 1, 2013, ALL Geisinger physicians and hospitals will be out-of-network providers, as described within. The out-of-network benefit for the FreedomBlue PPO has a maximum out-of-pocket of $500 per person, per year.

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