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.

Open Enrollment Announcements

Benefits Open Enrollment will be held Monday, October 28, 2019 through Friday, November 8, 2019.

During this Open Enrollment period, all benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll, terminate, or add/drop dependents from the SSU health plan.  You also have the opportunity to enroll in voluntary benefit plans. All elections made during the annual Open Enrollment period will become effective January 1, 2020. 

Benefit elections from 2019 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 8, 2019.

To better understand your benefit options, please take time to review the Open Enrollment Guide below 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: 
Spousal Healthcare Affidavit (PDF)

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

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

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)

Retirement Plan Updates

Retirement Plan Investment Funds

Retirement Session Schedule

December 4
Time Session Location
10:00 am

Group Session

Advanced Technology Center - Room 104 (Lecture Hall)

2:00 pm

Group Session

Advanced Technology Center - Room 104 (Lecture Hall)

6:00 pm

Group Session

Clark Memorial Library - Room 204 (Flohr Lecture Hall)

December 5
Time Session Location
9:00 am

Group Session

Advanced Technology Center - Room 104 (Lecture Hall)

1:00 pm

Group Session

Advanced Technology Center - Room 104 (Lecture Hall)

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)

State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)

Voluntary Benefits

Life & LTD Insurance (Employee paid)

Term Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
Long Term Disability Insurance
Whole Life Accident Critical Illness Cancer Insurance

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.

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

Supplemental Retirement Annuities - 403(b) Accounts
Deferred Compensation Programs - 457(b) Accounts

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.