Employee Benefits

Shawnee State University recognizes the importance of being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits as part of their overall compensation package. As such, we have developed a comprehensive benefits package that delivers quality and value while satisfying the diverse needs of our workforce.


Shawnee State University (SSU) provides attractive benefits for their employees. For an overall summary, click link next to desired employee group shown below.  For more detailed information on specific benefits, refer to the applicable sections listed on this page.

Overview of Employee Benefits

Faculty Full Time (PDF)
Administration Full Time (PDF) Part Time (PDF)
Fellowship Full Time (PDF)
Support Staff Full Time (PDF)  Part Time (PDF)
Public Safety Officer



Open Enrollment

To better understand your benefit options, please take time to review the attached Open Enrollment Guide or plan to attend an information session. Details on the information sessions are included in the Open Enrollment Guide. 

Spousal Healthcare Affidavit

Required only if you wish to cover your spouse under SSU Healthcare.

Need help?

If you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact the following individuals:

Kara Arms
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Phone: (740) 351-3464
Email: karms@shawnee.edu

Malonda Johnson
Director of Human Resources
Phone: (740) 351-3484
Email: mjohnson@shawnee.edu


Medical, Prescription, and Dental insurance coverage provided through:

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Anthem Express Scripts, and Anthem Dental

Group W41214

1-833-639-1634 ..... Member Services
1-800-810-2583 ..... Travel Coverage
1-833-639-1634 ..... Provider Services
1-833-639-1634 ..... Pre-Authorization
1-833-296-5039 ..... Help for Pharmacists
1-833-267-2133 ..... Pharmacy Member Services
1-866-589-0578 ..... Dental Customer Service
1-800-337-4770 ..... 24/7 Nurse Line


Vision coverage provided through:

Vision Services Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 30001718



Health Care Contribution Rates

2019 Contribution Rates (PDF)

Anthem Medical Benefits

Medical Benefit Summary - PPO (PDF) Medical Benefit Summary - Lumenos HSA (PDF)
Summary of Benefits and Coverage - PPO (PDF) Summary of Benefits and Coverage - Lumenos HSA (PDF)
Preventative Care Information (PDF) How to Verify Medical Provider Tiers (PDF)
How to Verify Claims History Prior to Plan Year 2019(PDF)

Anthem Dental Benefits

Dental Benefits Summary (PDF) Dental services Claim Form (PDF)

Anthem Express Scripts Prescription Benefits

Rx Mail Order form (PDF) Rx Home Delivery Pharmacy (PDF)
Rx Preventive Drugs List (PDF) Rx Step Therapy Drug List (PDF)
National Drug List (PDF) Rx Prior Authorization Drug List (PDF)
Rx Quantity Limits Drug List (PDF) National Drug List Search (4-Tier) 

Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 30001718

VSP Benefits Summary (PDF) VSP Ohio Network Directory (PDF)
VSP Kentucky Network Directory (PDF) VSP Out-of-Network Reimburse form (PDF)
VSP West Virginia Network Directory (PDF)  

Flexible/Dependent Care Spending Account (FSA/DCA)

 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Flyer (PDF)  Ameriflex Website Navigation Directions (PDF) Dependent Care Account (DCA) Flyer (PDF)
How to Use Your FSA Card (PDF) Substantiation of Claims Process (PDF) FSA Claim Reimbursement Form (PDF)
Ameriflex Member Online Account Manager (PDF) MyAmeriflex Mobile App! (PDF)  

Health Savings Account (HSA), part of High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

HSA Tools & Calculator Overview of Claim Recap (PDF)


ANNUAL NOTICES about your Healthcare   

Federal Healthcare Annual Notices (PDF)

Affordable Care Act

What does the Mandate mean to me? (PDF)
Insurance Marketplace Notice (PDF)
Glossary of Terms (PDF)

HIPAA Information

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Notice (PDF)


The University provides a Basic Life Insurance policy for all eligible Faculty, Administrators and Support Staff.  Each policy includes an Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit in addition to the basic amount of life insurance.  The amount of life insurance coverage varies for employee type and is fully described in the certificates of coverage below.  More information may be found by clicking the links below.

RETIREMENT BENEFITS (Employer/Employee paid)

Retirement Plan Election form (PDF) Retirement Plan Election form (PDF) Retirement Plan Election form (PDF)
ARP Vendors (PDF) OPERS New Employee enroll form (PDF) ARP-STRS Comparison (PDF)
ARP Vendor change form (PDF) OPERS Law Enforcement (PDF) STRS Plan Compare (PDF)
ARP-STRS Comparison (PDF) OPERS Re-employment of Retiree (PDF) STRS New Faculty enroll form (PDF)
  OPERS Money Purchase Annuity (PDF) STRS Re-employment of Retiree (PDF)



Life & LTD Insurance (Employee paid)

Guardian Benefit Outline (PDF) Humana Benefit Outline (PDF)
Guardian Policy (PDF)  
Guardian Evidence of Insurability (PDF)  

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (Employee paid)

Shawnee State University offers voluntary supplemental retirement savings plans, including 403(b) Tax-Sheltered Annuities and 457 Deferred Compensation plans. These plans give employees the opportunity to make additional tax-deferred contributions towards retirement savings, beyond the mandated State Retirement Systems (OPERS, STRS) or Alternative Retirement Plans (ARP).
Employees working 20 or more hours per week and are expected to work more than 1,000 hours in a 12-month period may participate in the 403(b) plan.  All employees may participate in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the maximum annual contribution limit for qualified retirement plans. The 2016 contribution limits for the SSU Supplemental Retirement Savings Program's 403(b) Plan and/or 457(b) Plan are as follows:
  • Employees under the age of 50 may defer up to $18,000 annually.
  • Employees age 50-plus may defer an additional catch-up amount up to $24,000 annually.
  • Employees who have 15 years of service under a SSU 403(b) plan or are within 3 years of normal retirement age and under a 457(b) plan may also be eligible to defer additional compensation under a "special catch-up" provision.
  • Employees can participate in both 403(b) and 457 plans simultaneously to effectively double these contribution limits.
To begin tax-deferred contributions, employees must 1) contact a representative to open an account with an approved SSU Supplemental Retirement Plan vendor (attached) and 2) complete a Salary Reduction Agreement (SRA) form and return to Human Resources so the tax-deferred contributions can be payroll deducted. Contribution changes can be made once per month and at least one week prior to payroll effective date. Participation may begin at anytime during your employment at Shawnee State.
The first effective pay date for 2016 SRA contribution reporting purposes is
For more information, you may contact the Benefits or Payroll office in Human Resources or one of the Vendor Representatives shown in the following attachment.

Employee Assistance & Work/Life Program (Impact Solutions)

EAP Overview for SSU including Suicide Prevention Resources (PDF)

Employee Meal Plan Discount Program

       Discounted Meal Plans for Shawnee State University Employees
Sodexo Dining Services offers SSU employees discounted meal plans at the Bear's Den cafeteria. All Faculty and Staff employees can save 15% on all meals when purchased through Payroll Deduction.  Employee "Meal Value Plan" options and costs are detailed below:
50 Meal Value Plan*
This meal plan offers the BEST VALUE of all plans - you get an all-you-care-to-eat experience, including beverage and dessert.  If you will eat about two (2) meals per week in the Bears Den Cafeteria, this is the plan for you.
20 Meal Value Plan*
This meal plan is perfect for you if you will eat one (1) meal per week in the Bears Den Cafeteria. You receive a 15% discount and your all-you-care-to-eat experience still includes a beverage and dessert.
10 Meal Value Plan*
This is a great starter plan if you are not sure which meal plan is best for you. You receive a 15% discount and the all-you-care-to-eat experience and still includes a beverage and dessert.
* All Meal Value Plans purchased must be used by the end of the Semester.
Bear's Den hours of operation
Monday – Thursday:   7:30am - 7:00pm
Friday:                         7:30am - 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday:  11:00am - 6:00pm
Visit the SSU Dining Services website for more information on menu choices, or call the dining hotline at 740.351.3150.



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