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.


Voluntary Benefits Open Enrollment will be held starting Monday, October 25, 2021 through Friday, November 5, 2021. 

During this Open Enrollment period, all benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll, terminate, or make changes to their voluntary benefits (Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Life and Disability).  All elections made during the annual enrollment period will become effective January 1, 2022. 

Please remember, elections from 2021 will not carry over into the new plan year, all employees must log into BearTrax to make elections. All elections must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Information Sessions

You can also plan to attend the following Information Sessions on Thursday, October 28th:

  • 12:00 pm – Securian Life Insurance Virtual Information Session. (Basic Life and AD&D benefits as well as other features the coverage provides)
  • 12:30 pm – Manhattan Life (Accident, Critical Illness, Whole Life)

Virtual Meeting Information:

October 28th 12:00pm
Join Meeting:
Meeting ID: 813 7286 4305
Dial In: 1-312-626-6799

To better understand your benefit options, please take time to review the Open Enrollment Brochure (PDF), Open Enrollment Presentation, and Beartrax Enrollment Steps

Below are additional enrollment information and presentations:

Manhattan Life:

Securian Life Insurance:

If you have questions, please contact:

Kara Arms
Assistant Director, Human Resources
(740) 351-3464

Malonda Johnson
Director of Human Resources
(740) 351-3484

Spousal Healthcare Affidavit

Required only if you wish to cover your spouse under SSU Healthcare: 
Spousal Healthcare Affidavit (PDF)

Retirement Plan Updates

Employee Benefits Overview

For an overall summary of benefits, click on your employee group shown below. For more detailed information on specific benefits, refer to the applicable sections listed on this page.

Health Care Provider Information

Medical, Prescription, and Dental Providers

Medical, Prescription, and Dental insurance coverage is 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 Provider

Vision coverage is provided through: Vision Services Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 3001718

Health Care Benefits

Health Care Contribution Rates

Anthem Medical Benefits

Anthem Dental Benefits

Anthem IngenioRx Prescription Benefits

Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 30001718

Flexible/Dependent Care Spending Account (FSA/DCA)

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

Employee Assistance & Work/Life Program (Impact Solutions)

Federally Required Healthcare Notices

Annual Notices about your Healthcare

Affordable Care Act

HIPAA Information

Life Insurance Benefits

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.

Certificates of Coverage (Your Life Insurance Plan Benefits):

Retirement Benefits (Employer/Employee Paid)

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)

State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)

Alternative Retirement Plans (ARP)

Retirement Plan Investment Funds (ARP 403b/457b)

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (Employee paid)

For more information, you may contact the Benefits or Payroll office in Human Resources or one of the Vendor Representatives

Voluntary Benefits

Life & LTD Insurance (Employee paid)

Securian Life Insurance
UNUM Long Term Disability
Whole Life Accident Critical Illness Cancer Insurance

Employee Meal Plan Discount Program

Aladdin 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.

Visit the SSU Dining Services website for more information on menu choices, or call the dining hotline at (740) 351-3150.