Retiree Resources
Freedom Blue Website
2016 Rates 2016 Freedom Blue Summary of Benefits
2016 Rates - Retired and 70 before 2007 Highmark Network Brochure
Retiree Summary Plan Document 2016 Annual Notice of Change - Freedom Blue Members
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”.

Updated January 2016: On December 28, 2015, the IRS extended the due date for the 2015 form 1095-C reporting requirements. This means that the original deadline for issuing form 1095-C to employees has moved from February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. You will receive your 2015 form 1095-C prior to the revised deadline of March 31, 2016.

You will only receive this form if you are a benefit-eligible employee with the University. These forms are similar to your W-2 and while not required to file your 2015 tax return, they will be required when filing your taxes with the IRS in future years. The 1095-C will be mailed to your home address from Equifax, Penn State’s partner in 1095 form administration.

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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